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10 hours ago, m1a2u2 said:

Is post-war ERDL allowed?🙂 Anyone have an idea of a date on this? I'm thinking mid to late 70s. Picked it up today for almost nothing. 

 

 

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FY77 contract so production was around then give or take, the Special Forces Tab was introduced in 1983 so it was probably worn before then although its not impossible for someone to be in a Special Forces unit without being SF qualified (for example support roles).

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13 hours ago, m1a2u2 said:

Korean made name and Army tapes? 

 

They were made by a hand guided sewing machine.  To my eye they were made Stateside. 

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This is probably my favorite piece of ERDL in my collection. Kammo-Man helped ID this in a thread here several years back. It's an ERDL hunting shirt, but with in-country modifications and patches. The lower pockets were removed, and new pockets resembling the ARVN shirts were added. I'm guessing this dates around 1970-1973 since the 1st Sustainment Command (seen here with a Tay Ninh tab) was merged into USARV in 1970. This came paired with a matching jungle jacket.

 

Previous discussion: https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/195140-arvn-camo-and-jungle-jacket/

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Mountain Volunteer
10 minutes ago, kammo-man said:

These crossover ones are great.


This was my first ERDL camo item and first RDF I have found. I love this pattern!

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Chim Chim the Diminutive

I found this ERDL jacket today. I travel all over the country, and I have encountered ERDL is North Alabama more than any other place. I don't know why, maybe just because military service is very common among citizens of the area.

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I came across this pic that shows Ranger scrolls on ERDL in Vietnam, both sewn on and directly embroidered. Pretty neat I thought :)

 

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Mountain Volunteer

Finally found a Vietnam era ERDL jacket that fits me. 

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Bryant U.

Nicely modified 1968 dated ERDL jacket with Ranger tab. The cuff adjustment tabs were turned into epaulettes. I’m leaning towards this being used by an ARVN Ranger advisor. 

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MilitaryPicker1941
18 hours ago, Bryant U. said:

Nicely modified 1968 dated ERDL jacket with Ranger tab. The cuff adjustment tabs were turned into epaulettes. I’m leaning towards this being used by an ARVN Ranger advisor. 

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Hi Bryant,

I’m pretty sure this jacket is an operation safeside one. I got a few other pieces from this seller and it seems like they all belonged to the same family member. All I know about him is that he was in the 821st CSPS and the last name is Williams

 

Hope this info helps,

Noah

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Bryant U.

Noah, thank you. I did see the other items from the seller. I don’t think this fits the bill belonging to the same guy though, modded and with a Ranger tab. Seller had some unrelated militaria for sale as well so I think it just ended up in the mix.

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MilitaryPicker1941
4 hours ago, Bryant U. said:

Noah, thank you. I did see the other items from the seller. I don’t think this fits the bill belonging to the same guy though, modded and with a Ranger tab. Seller had some unrelated militaria for sale as well so I think it just ended up in the mix.

Is there a name anywhere in it? Both of the ERDL pants that I picked up from the seller had these markings

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FT.Monmouth1943

Definitely belonged to the same airman. Lots of members of the 821st CSPC went to Ranger school as part of their training and there are photos of them wearing ranger tabs.

 

- Jakob 

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