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These are WWII Airborne troops with self camouflaged uniforms. This might be a good study in contrast... It works nicely in the woods, but not so much in the streets!

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

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"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Sabrejet

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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I can supply several examples.

 

In this picture Pfc Lowrey (on the radio) and Sgt Thomas are sitting in the LZ we'd just cut out of the jungle after a 6-day patrol in Happy Valley. Lowrey is wearing standard OG jungle utilities while Thomas is wearing issue camo jungle utilities (that's what we called them - ERDL camouflage to the purists) while waiting for the helo to take us back to Camp Reasoner. At the time Command was hot about camouflaging the exposed skin. the Battalion Commander, Lt Col Steinmetz stood at the top of the hill as almost every team went out and came in. If someone didn't have camo paint on his face, he and his team leader got a good talking to. We didn't bother replacing it once it wore off in the field (usually) but we applied it again before leaving the field to look good for the CO when we came in.

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This is another picture from the same LZ as above. Sgt Thomas in holding a yellow air panel at this point.

 

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Semper fi; Bill











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In this picture, taken on Charlie Ridge, Cpl Rodriguez has worked his way into a bush on a hill with little vegetation other than waist-high grass and bushes. He is wearing the old standard tiger stripes.

 

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In the picture below Cpl Triana is wearing the old "duck hunter camo on hill 452.

 

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Semper fi; Bill











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This one really isn't in the field but on the combat base at Camp Reasoner just before gearing up to go to the LZ. I'm wearing a Vietnamese pattern ERDL shirt with standard issue camo jungle utility trousers.

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In this one, we were fooling around a but on Hill 425 in April of 1968. Most of the vegetation had been cleared off the hill by this time so almost any camo other than dirt-color would look a bit out of place. Cpl Eusay (far left) and I (in black beret) are wearing standard cotton tiger stripes. Sgt Thomas (behind me) is wearing standard issue camo jungle utilities, and the rest of the Marines are wearing standard jungle utilities.

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Usually, standard OG was just fine in its own right. In the picture below, Sgt Thomas and Lt Grasilli are both wearing standard issue jungle utilities.

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In the picture below, I'm wearing standard issue jungle utilities. camouflaged a bit by nature.

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Semper fi; Bill











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Korea:

I do believe that Marine is wearing a cut-down 2nd camo Smock. :w00t:

 

Recon:

Thanks for posting those outstanding pics. Putting up period photos is always a great thing, but when they come from the personal stash of the guy who took them, it's a top-drawer exhibit, in my opinion. Thanks again for some great pics, and for your service to this Nation :thumbsup:

 

And dittoes on the Iwonam Flag-raising :laughing1:

Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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That flag raising pic is priceless!!!!!.....mike

You've got good eyes. Did you really spot him this time or just remember the pic I posted a year or so ago where I pointed him out? :lol:

 

We did that on the afternoon of the last full day on the OP. It had been pretty quiet. We hadn't killed (or even seen) anything in about 4 days and were getting bored so we decided to stage our own flag raising using the whip antenna from the radio and the little American flag I always carried with me.

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You've got good eyes. Did you really spot him this time or just remember the pic I posted a year or so ago where I pointed him out? :lol:

 

We did that on the afternoon of the last full day on the OP. It had been pretty quiet. We hadn't killed (or even seen) anything in about 4 days and were getting bored so we decided to stage our own flag raising using the whip antenna from the radio and the little American flag I always carried with me.

First time seeing that pic for me!..... took me awhile though, first i thought he was up in the trees!!....thanks....mike

Always looking for and buying 50's era 11th Airborne/ 187th ARCT/ 82nd Airborne tac mark painted jump helmets!



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  • 7 years later...

WWI Signal Corps photo of a camouflaged sniper. Notice that is rifle has been painted as well.

 

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Top dollar paid for WWI AEF Tank Corps uniforms, medal groups, equipment and photos,
unit histories and rosters...especially anything associated with

301st (Heavy) Tank Bn
Drop me an email and let me know what you have.

 

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