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    World War II-Vietnam field gear, equipment, unifrorms and insignia. My particular area of interest is the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia 1950-1976.
  1. They look Vietnamese. Thai,Filipino, and Japanese versions were usually made of a much higher quality. Also, Vietnamese versions faded easily because of the vegetable dyed threads the Vietnamese tailors used.
  2. It's possible the name tape and the U.S. Army tape were made at unit level. So called "rigger-made".
  3. I read this book too and found it vey informative. A copy of it has a permenant spot in my library. I consider it one of the better USAF FAC books on the market.
  4. Thank you for posting a very interesting and inspiring account of CPT Redding"s story. I'm wondering, where were the Red Marker Forward Air Controllers that were assigned to the ARVN Airborne Division during the battle for Hue?
  5. These pants are quite interesting. I don't think I've ever seen a rip resistant pair with no black in them. Thanks for posting. I will be looking at early ERDLs with much closer attention from now on.
  6. Could be related to some CIA Roadwatch Team in Southern Laos, which is where the Steel Tiger AO was located. Just a guess.
  7. Looks like someone took a lot of time putting this together. All the patches appear to be sewn on by hand. Very nice find!
  8. Right on! Another war movie to check out. And this one sounnds rather unique. Cool!
  9. Many Royal Lao Army troops and Royal Lao Air Force personnel were trained in Thailand, especially near Udorn RTAFB and Lopburi during the Vietnam War. Air America's main base was at Udorn RTAFB and possibly they provided airlift of paratroop support. I hope this little bit of information might be of use.
  10. Do you know what your grandfather did in the USAF? I'm wondering if your grandfather and my father might have crossed paths or chewed the same dirt. My dad was with Air Force Communication squadrons as an air traffic controller from the 1950s until the early 1980s.
  11. For someone who hasn't built models in a while, you did a fantastic job on this project! Well done and very interesting!
  12. I agree with Randy and Teamski, the smaller MAJCOM patches appear in the early 1970s. SOAs, like AFCS, tended to keep their larger patches until the USAF went to ordering all suddued insignia on fatigues. I know this because this is exactly what my dad did (USAF CMSGT 1952-81). Many of his old vet compatriots did the same thing.
  13. The Aussies call their surplus stores, Army Disposal stores.They should be listed in the local phone book. Vintage clothing stores are also a good place to hunt for uniform pieces. Have a great time Down Under!
  14. Thanks for showing this. I have several of these at my folks place and always was curious about the contents. Beef Hash was the worst LRP meal IMO.
  15. Follow Me And Die: The Destruction of an American Division in World War II. By Cecil B. Currey. This book is the story of the 28th Infantry Division in the Hurtgen Forest in the last months of 1944. ;
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