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  1. Another few classics from 'We Were Soldiers'; CSM Plumley (Sam Elliot), during the final NVA assault where the battalion CP is about to be overrun, racks the slide on his trusy M1911A1 and yells "Gentlemen, prepare to defend yourselves!" LTC Hal Moore (Mel Gibson), realizing his battalion is about to be overrun, turns to his RTO and shouts "Broken arrow!" And the skies open up... And let's roll back a few years to "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon". CPT Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) suspects his old comrade, Top Sgt Quincannon (Victor McLaglen) has been drinking on duty. When he denies i
  2. Great find! That Airborne tab goes with the 20th Engineer patch sitting right next to it in the picture.
  3. Just FYI, it was quite common, almost SOP, to cut the liners out of the berets to better 'shape' them. When we started wearing maroon berets in airborne units back in the 70s every newbie got a block of instruction on how to cut out the liner out of the thing, shave the fuzz off of it, soak it and shape it. If anyone showed up to formation with a beret with the liner still in it they automatically got the name 'pizza head' because that was about all you could make the thing look like.
  4. brianh

    MASH

    Yup! When I was a kid the Mudhens played at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee where I grew up (just south of Toledo), but were always Toledo's hometown team. For a time they were part of Detroit's farm system. Games were always cheap (box seats for $5.00) and the level of play was pretty good. Most of the players had their own strong local fan followings. It was tradition for the players to line up outside the locker room after the games to sign balls, caps and bats for the kids. Later while in college I used to work security for the stadium. Fifteen cent beer nights were alwa
  5. brianh

    MASH

    Klinger (Jamie Farr) always made some great references to Toledo, and we always watched to see what he'd bring into the story line. There was one scene where his family shipped him some hot dogs from a restaurant named Tony Packo's. It's a real chain, very popular in the Toledo area and they make the absolute best Hungarian hot dogs and potato salad. The scene was great because even the snooty Major Winchester couldn't resist the smell of the hot dogs cooking on the tent stove. There were always some light references to Klinger's Lebanese heritage. It fits, Jamie Farr is Lebanese
  6. I saw it and was transfixed. In fact, I thought the last 30 minutes - the 'takedown' was the least interesting part of the movie. Having worked in and around Army intel for most of my 23 years on active duty the movie mostly rang true. Developing intelligence isn't at all like the TV series '24'; developing intel is the slow, steady and often frustrating grind that was so very well depicted in the movie. I think they got the whole atmosphere correct, and that impressed me more than I can say. I also came out of the movie realizing it would not win any major awards. The movie did no
  7. Ah, the old Dial of Death! We were jumping with that harness at FT Bragg as late as 1982 with the T-10. The MC1-1 canopies all had the newer harnesses, but the T-10s were still the single point release harnesses. Lots of macabre jokes about that harness, but it was easy to get out of!
  8. Looks like a very interesting movie! I'm guessing it's going to be in very limited release in the US, if at all.
  9. Anyone have a product name or catalog # for this case? I can't seem to find it on Ikea's website.
  10. I have the Korean War version of this book, and have looked through the Vietnam version on a number of occasions. The entire series is an excellent reference. If you have even just a passing interest in period uniform items these books are great. Highly recommended!
  11. Jcroach, Having served in Army topographic units most of my career I'd recommend you also look for documents that have the 420th name on them, not just by date range. We were required to put our unit ID (and our logo) on all the maps we printed so someone may have these items cataloged by unit, not date. The 420th existed to print or update aeronautical charts, so I'd be looking for things like air navigation charts, approach plates, airfield maps and layout plans, etc. They probably also become involved in printing maps and reproducing aerial photos for target (bombing) packages. T
  12. With the right director John Wayne was a very, very good actor. A lot of his WWII roles were formulaic, but at that time a lot of performances were over the top, not just Wayne's. Remember, Hollywood was making what were essentially propaganda films, so hard charging figures, shirt sleeve patriotism and bravura personal sacrifice (the old throwing yourself on the grenade and dying heroically bit) was what the studios were after. Wayne's his best acting was in Western roles, particularly those made under John Ford's hand. Watch him in "Stagecoach". His performance (and his breakout r
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