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  1. A buddy of mine served there and explained that they were issued by number and then turned back in. 1st platoon had three digits starting with the number one, second platoon three digits starting with the number two and so on. HQ personnel had single or double digit numbers. They exist on ebay for $50-100+ but are fairly uncommon. What's rare are the JSA personalized mugs (named) and the custom embroidered baseball caps. Also original brassards are quite rare. A custom cap was embroidered for each member once accepted and trained. The cap was hung up in the bar until the day you left the unit. You would wear the cap only then, drinking a mix of alcohol from the custom mug, being roasted by team members. The mug must be consumed prior to the end of the roast. Check the JSA topics on the USMF Facebook page. I've posted pictures there.
  2. The LT second from left with the small Adolph mustache....
  3. I always considered the air force survival knife fairly useless. Rocky
  4. Love the display case! We had gray PT suits at Bragg in the early 1980's and yellow banana suits in Europe. I didn't care for the yellow because when you washed them the threads shrunk and the zipper became challenging to line up. Rock
  5. Mixture of ERDL's and BDU's. You can see the burlap strips. The Trooper on the far left is wearing ERDL's and has faded burlap strips that have tattered ends. This is because he's been around Division long enough and has some jumps with the helmet in that configuration. The act of exiting the airplane and moving through rough terrain on the ground (branches pulling on the strips) splits the ends while the sun fades them. He's not a rookie. Rock
  6. Regarding the AK strike of the K Pot: This helmet was placed in the Division Museum almost immediately after Urgent Fury. I remember seeing it in the Museum in 1984. The K-Pot was used by only the 82nd Airborne. The M-1 Steel Pot in an airborne version was used by the Rangers. The Marines used the M-1 Steel Pot in varying camoflauge covers and chinstraps (?), not sure about their chinstraps but I do remember they had old style Vietnam straight chinstraps rather than the 1980's ones. Rock
  7. The pictures of the raghead helmet in posts 26 and 27 are from later in time (1989) or so I would surmise. The 2/505 did not used BDU material at all, but rather sandbag/burlap material of different colors attached by tying netting to the helmet. the Army was transitioning to the new BDU uniform so there were no old stocks to cut into strips really. Many folks in the 82nd were wearing the 1969 slant pocket flower power cammies and the 1970's straight pocket ERDL, in addition to the new BDU. The netting held the strips of burlap that needed to be long enough to break up the outline of the helmet, add camoflauge, but also be affixed in a manner that there was no interference or failure during airborne operations. I will mention that most of us wish we could have cut our BDU's into strips to use as camoflauge. They were ugly, hot and faded quite easily. Nowadays the white tag first issue BDU are quite rare. Rocky
  8. Dominic, 1980's gear was LBE kit. For inspections all gear was typically purchased at the clothing sales and was in new and unused condition. There was no 1956 gear that was allowed for inspections and all of it had to be the same as issued at CIF (Clothing Issue). For field use, at least in my unit (2/505) there was little to no care given for what you used in the field as long as it was capable of being rigged. Our helmets had to have the airborne velcro retention straps. This M-1 was phased out but it had the rear impact pad and retention strap very similar (same as Vietnam). Once they phased into the Kevlar helmet then it had to have the airborne modifications. Rear impact pad and retention straps. The Load Bearing Equipment (LBE) used in the field varied based upon personal preference. Often guys would carry vietnam era 56 canvas, "H Harness" suspenders, and always two canteens. It was required to carry the protective mask (gas mask) and be proficient with it. There were constant NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) exercises conducted with the NBC Decontamination kits, MOPP gear, as well as the injector kits. My personal gear was typically nylon or h-harness suspenders, four 30 round mag pouches, two canteens, one first aid pouch on the upper left facing downward and a K Bar USMC knife on the right side. We rarely carried the bayonet because they were controlled item (needed to be cleaned and turned into the armorer). For this reason we never drew them out because we never, ever practiced bayonet training other than for riot control. Once we were done with training for riot control we had to turn our weapon and bayonet into the armorer perfectly cleaned. It was a pain in the rump. Each person's LBE was set up for field use and personalized. In my unit, if it could be jumped out safely and you wanted to carry it, then more power to you. Guys carried hatchets, machete's, knives of all sorts, old WWII bags, butt packs etc. Most of us purchased the Large ALICE pack because the more you carried inside of it, the less was bouncing around on your legs and body. The LBE's were often set up loose, which was the style then. Old School troopers extended the length of the suspenders using 550 cord to allow more even hanging of the pistol belt. With only three points of contact, the belt would sag if loaded with ammo, water etc. With the 550 cord attached the belt would stay more level and the weight distributed more evenly. I'll try to pull out a set for you to see how it looked with the 550 cord. Many of us left our pistol belt unattached so that our ammo pouches could be splayed to the side of our body when in the prone position. The gear did flop but broken ribs or laying on ammo pouches was a pain in the neck. Rock
  9. You're correct! I checked with experts and this typewriter is a period piece; which means that the Japanese used language on old typewriters that relayed "incidents" whereas this typewriter is keyed for "decisive battle". Word is, it may have been adapted for post 1941 and most likely relating to the later WWII period. The language is much like the Kamikaze's of the Okinawa period. Rock
  10. Folks, I got this from an estate of SSG Crowder and have been attempting to dive into it's rarity and value. I've been told it's a Katakan language, Azmatype 1921-29 typewriter. What I haven't located is very many picture examples of one, a value to sell/trade or possibly if these were used to translate or cipher primarily.
  11. I've got one color 82nd patch without an island, and two color with the island. I'd really like the subdued version. One day I'll find one, they're a bit uncommon. $5.00 apiece for a commemorative patch is par for the course right after they're made. No telling how they'll sell in the future. I've seen the Color 82nd Grenada patch get bid up on ebay. Rock
  12. I'm looking for s subdued 82nd Grenada patch with the green island
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