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I would assume that a vest used in county would be ready for a dumpster before a Marines duty was complete. They got dirty fast and the material rips easily.

 

Most "combat" helmets people claim to be authentic field used examples were in reality probably no where near an actual combat zone.

 

Agree completely......


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I would assume that a vest used in county would be ready for a dumpster before a Marines duty was complete. They got dirty fast and the material rips easily.

 

Most "combat" helmets people claim to be authentic field used examples were in reality probably no where near an actual combat zone.

I agree with the flak jacket quote, with rain and humidity the weight of the jacket would eventually rip and deteriorate very quickly.

Thats probably why you see very very few used in theatre jackets. Although Ive seen a nice door gunner flak jacket, being In the chopper ment being out of the environments way. Hence me seeing the door gunner jacket.

 

With regards to most people claiming there helmet is Theatre used and that most where never near a combat zone thats a very broad statement. That would depend on the helmet and the details that come along with the helmet/cover etc and the research done.

While used in theatre Vietnam helmets are a lot rarer than WW2 helmets used in theatre, I would say this forum has a fantastic array of Theatre used pieces

 

 

- Dean


"Rise and rise again until lambs become lions."

 

Always looking for ww2 USMC items, helmets and any camo'd items

 

 

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Really nice displays, I wish I had space like you, very lucky!

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Ok.....i have started to retake the Vietnam 69--70 USMC display, i was added the M55 3rd pattern vest.....(more than likey a 68 model that was sent to Okinawa, were it got the unique features of the double rope ridge and the square nylon pockets with exposed button) ......what i dont like is that the almos vest covers the ERDL green dominant fatige which i really like, yet that was how it was worn.....

 

I am now after a NVA rocksack, to complete the set....(some marines, under the trade, bartter or steal concept, changed the M41 for ARVN or NVA rocksacks, as they could fit more stuff....)

 

Im also converting this guy form a rifleman to a M79 Grenedier.......

 

 

 

 

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Ok.....i have started to retake the Vietnam 69--70 USMC display, i was added the M55 3rd pattern vest.....(more than likey a 68 model that was sent to Okinawa, were it got the unique features of the double rope ridge and the square nylon pockets with exposed button) ......what i dont like is that the almos vest covers the ERDL green dominant fatige which i really like, yet that was how it was worn.....

 

I am now after a NVA rocksack, to complete the set....(some marines, under the trade, bartter or steal concept, changed the M41 for ARVN or NVA rocksacks, as they could fit more stuff....)

 

Im also converting this guy form a rifleman to a M79 Grenedier.......

 

 

 

 

 

On second thought-......i think this guy will remain a Rifleman.....


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Amazing collection! You've done a great job and it's fun browsing your photos. : )

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THJ- I was a Marine 0311 in 1969. When I carried the 14 I had the magazine pouches upside down ( they came out easier, gravity is nice ). I also tried the grenade pouch and found if you didn't tie the leg strap they bounced uncomfortably. If you did tie the strap it rubbed you raw. I started carrying my grenades on the H-straps and bent the spoon up or used an extra canteen cover. I think I could fit 3 M-26s in the canteen pouch. I carried a gas grenade in my mask in the pouch. If we had 60 mm mortars with us every man carried an HE or Illum round. I would wrap the HE ( lighter than Illum ) in my poncho and tie it to my pistol belt above the jungle med kit between the canteens. When we arrived at our patrol area everyone would file by the mortar pit and drop off the round. When we moved out we went by the pit and picked up a round. Just a few of the things this foggy old mind can remember. Dave "A" Co. 1/7 1st Mar DIV FEB69-FEB70

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THJ- I was a Marine 0311 in 1969. When I carried the 14 I had the magazine pouches upside down ( they came out easier, gravity is nice ). I also tried the grenade pouch and found if you didn't tie the leg strap they bounced uncomfortably. If you did tie the strap it rubbed you raw. I started carrying my grenades on the H-straps and bent the spoon up or used an extra canteen cover. I think I could fit 3 M-26s in the canteen pouch. I carried a gas grenade in my mask in the pouch. If we had 60 mm mortars with us every man carried an HE or Illum round. I would wrap the HE ( lighter than Illum ) in my poncho and tie it to my pistol belt above the jungle med kit between the canteens. When we arrived at our patrol area everyone would file by the mortar pit and drop off the round. When we moved out we went by the pit and picked up a round. Just a few of the things this foggy old mind can remember. Dave "A" Co. 1/7 1st Mar DIV FEB69-FEB70

 

Great information Dave, thanks for sharing it! I never get tired of hearing first hand accounts of how things were or were done in Vietnam, or any other war for that matter.

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THJ- I was a Marine 0311 in 1969. When I carried the 14 I had the magazine pouches upside down ( they came out easier, gravity is nice ). I also tried the grenade pouch and found if you didn't tie the leg strap they bounced uncomfortably. If you did tie the strap it rubbed you raw. I started carrying my grenades on the H-straps and bent the spoon up or used an extra canteen cover. I think I could fit 3 M-26s in the canteen pouch. I carried a gas grenade in my mask in the pouch. If we had 60 mm mortars with us every man carried an HE or Illum round. I would wrap the HE ( lighter than Illum ) in my poncho and tie it to my pistol belt above the jungle med kit between the canteens. When we arrived at our patrol area everyone would file by the mortar pit and drop off the round. When we moved out we went by the pit and picked up a round. Just a few of the things this foggy old mind can remember. Dave "A" Co. 1/7 1st Mar DIV FEB69-FEB70

 

woowow Dave thanks so much for you anecdote...real treasure!! Thank you for your service!

 

Semper Fi!!!

 

Tell me a bit about your Uniform....? You used OD or were you issued ERDL? Did you still used the early style M55 without Pockets or did yours had the nylon pockets added?


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Here is my Combo for the USMC 1970´s still need to find an original NVA ruck sack as im told some Mariens prefered them as they could carry more stuff in them....also might change the standrad cover for the mosquito net cover.....

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Great info Dave, respect.

 

Cool gear Jim.


A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a thousand pictures!

"I read that in war bad things happen, Ain't that the ************* truth" -1st Lt Mike Scotti

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I had the flack vest with pockets but picked up an Army vest in my last couple of months. They were lighter and more comfortable. I found a WWII mountain pack dated 1942 Hinson. I trashed the tubular frame and attached it to a pack board with the quick release strap. I mostly wore ERDL. On LZ Baldy or Ross I met these Army medics that gave me a wounded guys uniform ( it came from his gear in the rear not off him ). I was a spec 4 in the Americal Div. Didn't go over to well with the Marine NCO's & Officers to well. I even had the baseball hat. That didn't last long. I also was issued an airborne liner that I cut those upside down A straps off. Thanks for your comments. Dave

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I had the flack vest with pockets but picked up an Army vest in my last couple of months. They were lighter and more comfortable. I found a WWII mountain pack dated 1942 Hinson. I trashed the tubular frame and attached it to a pack board with the quick release strap. I mostly wore ERDL. On LZ Baldy or Ross I met these Army medics that gave me a wounded guys uniform ( it came from his gear in the rear not off him ). I was a spec 4 in the Americal Div. Didn't go over to well with the Marine NCO's & Officers to well. I even had the baseball hat. That didn't last long. I also was issued an airborne liner that I cut those upside down A straps off. Thanks for your comments. Dave

 

 

Dave thanks a lot for sharing this anecdotes with all of us.......i really apreciate them!


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I had the flack vest with pockets but picked up an Army vest in my last couple of months. They were lighter and more comfortable. I found a WWII mountain pack dated 1942 Hinson. I trashed the tubular frame and attached it to a pack board with the quick release strap. I mostly wore ERDL. On LZ Baldy or Ross I met these Army medics that gave me a wounded guys uniform ( it came from his gear in the rear not off him ). I was a spec 4 in the Americal Div. Didn't go over to well with the Marine NCO's & Officers to well. I even had the baseball hat. That didn't last long. I also was issued an airborne liner that I cut those upside down A straps off. Thanks for your comments. Dave

Very interesting. We appreciate you sharing!

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