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A USMC boonie that survived deployment


Bob Hudson

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In the areas around Camp Pendleton it's quite easy to find Marine Corps MARPAT boonies at thrift stores. Most are quite new or show just a few signs of use, such as this one whose main problem is "pilling" on the sweatband:

 

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This one - well it was rode hard and put up wet. It was in a trunkload of uniforms and gear I got yesterday from a Marine. This was worn during his last deployment and between the salt stains, corroded vents and frayed lining, the thrift stores would throw something like this in the trash.

 

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When I first looked at this boonie I wondered how the brass got so corroded: it looks like something that was exposed to salt water. And if you look at the white salt stains you can see that the salt water was the Marine's sweat:

 

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