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Jungle Uniforms - Vietnam era

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I found this jungle jacket in a rag mill years ago. It has sandwiched, Japanese-made 173rd Airborne SSIs. The Army / name tapes, CIB, and Jump Wings are Vietnamese made. I beat the brush pretty hard, but I've never been able to find Littleton on a site, roster, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Here is a 1st pattern set named to an early Special Forces vet. MSG Henry T. Czerniak was the team SGT at Camp A1-214A Plei Djereng, Pleiku Province (Le Thanh District) from 06/1964 to 12/1964. He was TDY from 1st GP on that tour and more than likely would have used this 1963 dated set during that time.

 

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Here is a 2nd model jungle jacket, worn here with a locally made "ascot" scarf. The jungle jacket went through a series of revisions as the war progressed.

 

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As mentioned, the 2nd model had a series of refinements as the uniform evolved. This particular example, to a member of the 173rd, is one of those variants. It is made from cotton poplin (not the later rip-stop material) and has a small yet vital detail that the 3rd model also lacks. This version has two pen pockets, one behind each chest cargo pocket. the 3rd model jacket can be found in rip-stop and has just one pen pocket. The equipment carried is M56 with the earlier version ammo pouches with the grommet on the pull tab.

 

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Here is an example of the 3rd model jungle jacket. This time to a member of the 25th Infantry Division. He is wearing an ARVN rucksack and carries a LAW for bunker busting.

 

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First pattern Tropical Combat Uniform. I think it was used by the USMC because the coat has owner's name stenciled above pocket. This practice can be documented on many USMC utility coats and shirts from this era. Coat 1963 dated, pants 1964 dated. Named to Ryder F. M. Nice matching set.

 

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Mr. Jaroslav Jochman
3/6 Marines, King Co., Re-Enacted, 1943-1945;
USMC & USN REENACTORS ASSOCIATION
MARINE CORPS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION MEMBER

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Mr. Jaroslav Jochman
3/6 Marines, King Co., Re-Enacted, 1943-1945;
USMC & USN REENACTORS ASSOCIATION
MARINE CORPS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION MEMBER

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Here is one of my AirCav uniforms with the guidon that belonged to Captain Widmarck.

 

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"One law for them, another one for us !"

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The guidon.

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Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom?--Death, Hogfather/Terry Pratchett

 

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The first jacket belonged to LCL Picou, who was during the first part of his second tour, the 101st Divisional Artillery Chief. I've added two plaques that I could obtain from different dealers. All his souvenirs have been sprayed all over by a dealer and I try to regroup it.

 

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The second belonged to soldier assigned to Ivy division PIO.

 

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The PIO is the first I have seen applied to a jacket. Do you know what other items are in the Picou grouping? Vietnam collectors are a fairly small circle, I am sure we would come across some of them at some point?


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I know that in Picou's grouping were guidons, 101st yearbooks signed by other fellow officers, plaques, perhaps more uniforms. I've have discovered that his 101st Class A've been transformed by an unscrupulous eBay dealer to an infantry LTC fully badged (it's true you're more chance to have a good price with an infantry officer than a red leg. BOS've been changed and wonderful insignias appeared like pathinder, master para etc. It has Picou's name in an interior pocket.


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Here is my favourite US jacket. This example is badged to an LT in the First Infantry Division, to be precise the second Batallion "black Lions". It came with a nice bonus piece I will show at the end. I have been lucky enough to have been offered an ERDL companion jacket to the 1st Batallion which I am about to finalise.

 

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