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Just got another cover. 1966 dated twill. Whats interesting is what was scribbled out. I can make out "FREE THE HEADS" on one side. And what looks like "LEGALIZE POT" on the other. The type of wear on this cover is consistant with one from someone who would of been stationed in the rear. Although theres nothing showing for sure it was used incountry in VN, I think its likely. There is a 1st LT Michael Adsit who served 1967-1970 as a Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot listed on a VN vets database :think: .

 

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Thought I'd share this one, its in a small county historical museum, I wish I had it in my collection. Jon

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Some info from George on two things written on his cover in post #31. The two things are the cricled "HO-CHI-MIHN" written on the side and the "(4 NOV 66)" with "LONG NITE" under that written on the front of the cover. I think its interesting to know some of the reasons behind "graffiti".

 

"On the HO-CHI-MIN helmet cover writing is that we heard so much about this that I just put it on the cover. On November 4th we were hit with a mortar attack that killed our commander Major Wratten. At the time we had no bunkers or shelters against this and for a while we did not know what the sounds were. I ended up under a duece and a half right under the gas tank. Once I saw were I was I crawled in a culvert and stayed there. It happened about midnight. After that for the next week I wore my flak jacket when I went to bed.We also built bunkers the next day. We had other mortar attacks but never had any more injuries. That was the extent of my combat in Viet-Nam."

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Here is mine. On the front it has the guys last name and a one up stripe, the side is a bit more colorfull. :thumbsup:

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"How many life's can you justify your battle hymn's". Saxon, Power and the Glory....

 

"Due to the presence of fools wise people stand out - Japanese proverb"

 

“Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.”

—Ulysses S. Grant

 

DBA hoc1983 on ebay. Always nice stuff!

 

Nothing like a story with a fake Nun.

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"How many life's can you justify your battle hymn's". Saxon, Power and the Glory....

 

"Due to the presence of fools wise people stand out - Japanese proverb"

 

“Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.”

—Ulysses S. Grant

 

DBA hoc1983 on ebay. Always nice stuff!

 

Nothing like a story with a fake Nun.

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Thought I'd contribute mine to this thread though it has been discussed in another thread. It was used by a soldier from 1st Calvary. I checked all the writings that included the locations, indeed 1st Calvary was in those locations so it matches up, but the ranks part is just weird. We have came to the conclusion that ranks were applied post-war, probably by a child of veteran.

 

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ALWAYS ON A LOOK-OUT FOR OEF/OIF ITEMS.

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Hey.. That's a re-post. :lol:


"How many life's can you justify your battle hymn's". Saxon, Power and the Glory....

 

"Due to the presence of fools wise people stand out - Japanese proverb"

 

“Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.”

—Ulysses S. Grant

 

DBA hoc1983 on ebay. Always nice stuff!

 

Nothing like a story with a fake Nun.

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Hey Mercenary

 

I saw pics of this one when Russ had it. Its good but I dont think you could ever know if it was from VN. Most likely isnt. If I remember correctly, it has something about Penn Relays on the other side 65-69.

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Yes, that's one.

 

Penn Relays 65-69

National Champs

2 Mile Relays

4 " "

 

I think it would be possible that he was in VN in 70-72 if he actually raced in 65-69. Why would he write "Days to go", as if he really wanted to go to home.

 

Just my thought.


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Why would he write "Days to go", as if he really wanted to go to home.

 

There was people all over the world who REALLY wanted to go home. And tons of people in the states finishing up military commitments who REALLY wanted to get the hell out. Lots of soldiers at that time, draftees especially, wanted nothing to do with the military any more. Guys in Germany, Korea, etc., could be just as excited about going home or getting out of the military as a guy in VN was. And lots and lots of guys in VN had to finish up time in the military in the states.

 

Its possible it was in VN but I really dont see anything specifically pointing to it.

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Here's my example. What I presume to be an LT bar on green and brown side, and traced camo on the green side. I assembled the helmet to display the cover.

 

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Rob


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Some more covers from Russ:

 

Note how Vietnam is spelled

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HMFIC

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"VIETNAM OR BUST" "WHY ME" "NOT GOING" "AWOL"

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"PUDDIN IN 71" "PUDDIN" "CALIF SIMI" "LIFER" And symbols/letters I cant read

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Besides the whole "NAM AIRBORNE 101 82" thing, theres a peace sign under that and on one side of the cover "LOVE" and PEACE" and on the other "HATE" and "WAR" written lightly in pen. Also theres what appear to be a name. "JAMES B???". If someone can read it please PM me.

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I just got this one in the mail, won off of ebay. It seems it was a common practice to outline the camo pattern. Cover is dated 64.

Here is what I have been able to make out:

III M.A.F. - 3rd Marine Amphibious Force

F.L.S.U 2 - Force Logistic Support Unit #2

A-1-3

G-2-7

I-3-2

H-1-9

I-3-7

E-2-9

G-2-4

Ones I haven't yet figured out:

F.L.G. - Force Logistic Group??

M.A.C.5

M.A.-18

 

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Two of some new covers. Trey Moore had got these in a big lot of surplus covers.

 

You can see the wear from this guy wearing the cover over the chinstraps (or at least the metal clips for them).

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Some of the writing on this cover is faded so badly its very hard to see and illegible.

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Heres a good example of the "Vietnam or Bust" seen on some covers. Its from a video made in 1966 and when it shows this scene it talks about how the 26th Marines are preparing at Camp Pendelton to go to VN in 1966.

 

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Here is one which belonged to a peaceful marine...

 

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

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13 months calendar... I hope the original owner made it home safe.


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Sweetheart's name. My favorite first name for a lady... my sister's and my grand-mother's. (Catherine and Ekaterina)


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

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

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

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