My collection of uniforms and equipment modeled and displayed.

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ATC Crewman. River Division 131, Task Force 117, Mobile Riverine Force Vietnam. This was the typical attire for Riverine crewman. He is overdressed compared to some photos I have seen of Sailors in nothing but their skivvies on missions. The EDRL camo Beret was issued to division members at Dong Tam in 1968 when the new Program 5 boats were issued. The patches were also authorized for wear on the berets and OD jungle fatigues as shown in the reenactment photo. A special thanks to Riverine Sailor Mike Eggleston, SN River Assault Squadron 131, ATC-10 for providing this information.

Helicopter Pilot, 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile), Vietnam. This Helicopter pilot has just returned from a mission in his UH-1D Slick. He sports the traditional Stetson Cavalry Hat. Normally worn between missions and at official functions, the Stetson Cav Hat was a prized possession for pilots. He also wears the two piece nomex fire resistant hot weather flight suit. cradled on his arm is his "chicken plate" armored vest that could stop up to a .30 Cal. round. In his right hand he carries a XM-117E2 Colt carbine, a favorite among aviators for its compactness in a already crowded cockpit. His APH-1 helmet is being carried in its issue bag. Around his waist is a cowboy style holster for his .45 Cal. pistol. If you notice this pilot is wearing jungle boots, this was frowned upon by top brass due to the disabling effects in a post crash fire. Therefore a regulation was made banning jungle boots form missions and the authorized foot wear the black leather combat boot. A you see this pilot broke the rule over the comfort that jungle boots offer.

OH-6A Cayuse (Loach) Pilot of C-Troop, 16th Cavalry, 1st Aviation Brigade

9th Infantry Division Infantryman. This trooper models the latest in jungle fashion. The standard light-weight tropical jungle fatigue uniform was a favorite among the troops and forms the center of a mans wardrobe in-country and is usually worn on both formal and informal occasions. The loose fit of the fatigues combines comfort and versatility, assuring the wearer a maximum of comfort in both the heat of the dry season and wet of the monsoons. The trend in footwear is the ever popular jungle boot with spike protective insole. Shown here is the later version with a "Panama Sole" tread. For added protection this trooper wears the M1969 fragmentation protective vest or commonly referred to a "Flak Vest". For personnel protection an M16A1 assault rifle is a rage with this trooper.

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4th Infantry Division Infantryman. This troopers choice in back packing gear is the ever popular light-weight rucksack. Above his pack is a 5 quart water bladder providing additional water replenishment so crucial to keep our trooper going in this sweltering climate. Around his waist he wears an M16 20 round magazine bandoleer thus relieving the need for any additional web gear maximizing freedom of movement and excess baggage for this trooper. In his helmet band is an issue bottle of 1966 dated "Bug Juice" a must for anyone outdoors in Vietnam, also handy for killing leaches as well as repelling the ever elusive mosquito. Attached to a web strap on his flak vest is an M18 violet smoke grenade used for signaling. Experts agree that it is of utmost importance to be in the fashion know and be aware of the proper wardrobe for the time.

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Pathfinder Looking for a fight! This Pathfinder wears ERDL camouflage jungle fatigues in the green dominate pattern. He wears a AN/PRC-25 man pack radio for communication with incoming aircraft. On his head he wears a communication headset with integral boom microphone which had a switch worn on the chest that allowed hands free voice activation. His weapon is the M-16A1 assault rifle.

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