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I saw a strange looking USMC woodland pattern camouflage BDU shirt today at the flea market. It has a different cut along the collar and instead of buttons utilize vertically sewn rectangular Velcro tabs for closure. The labels inside are all worn out and hard to read. Is this some sort of paintball BDU copy?

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It's legit, but it's been modified. I can see a button hole in your picture, and the 4 dots pattern from where a button was stitched. The velcro is attached with black thread which is different than all of the rest because it was done after it was manufactured.

 

The collar is different because this is an early BDU with a 1981 contract. This style of collar is nicknamed "elvis collar" by collectors.


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Those are the old school fly away collars. Left overs from the 1970s and the huge collars that were on most shirts and coats back then. Even some of the three color desert BDUs had those. In the 90s.

 

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My BDU and helmet I wore with the 82nd in 77-78. I Rambo'd it up a bit with some ball and AP belts I loaded up, smoke, incendiary, and frags, machete, bayonet, etc...image.jpeg.3e6319451e308d110cdfea0e51bf531f.jpeg

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Maybe one can help to identify the patches on this one? Love to wear it… Hopefully I'm not stepping on anyones foot by doing so?

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Thanks.
The other shoulder is unpatched with no stitch marks. 
Do the patches on the collar have a special meaning?

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The small collar patches are sewn on Specialist 4 rank.  

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