My collection of uniforms and equipment modeled and displayed.

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RTO 9th Infantry Division, Mekong Delta 1968

M-79 Grenadier, Circa 1969. This "Bloop Tube" Gunner is dressed for comfort. Around his waist he wears a bandoleer designed to hold six 40 MM rounds for the M-79. This bandoleer was found inadequate and later replaced with the grenadiers vest. Around his neck is a olive drab issue towel, used to wipe sweat in the sweltering tropical heat. In his helmet band is a 4 oz. bottle of LSA oil for his weapon. Their were two styles of LSA bottles used in Vietnam, the early issue which is shown here is clear with black printing, and later a green bottle with yellow print. The M-79 was quite an effective weapon which could cover dead space with effective fire than a Machine Gunner or Rifleman could not.

M-203 Grenadier, circa 1968. This grenadier cradles a 40 MM, M-203 grenade launcher. The M-203 was designed to replace the M-79, and to allow a soldier to have an M-16 assault rifle as an additional weapon all in one package. The M-203 was an effective weapon though some soldiers still preferred the M-79.

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Combat Engineer Searching for mines

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USMC, Force Recon. Circa 1971, RVN. This Force Recon Marine wears ERDL camouflage Jungle Utilities. This marines boonie hat is also of ERDL camouflage rip stop material and was known for having a larger than normal brim. these brims were usually cut down or folded up on the sides to give the wearer better visibility. He carries an M-79 Grenade Launcher, which at this time was rapidly being replaced by the M203 grenade Launcher in Army units. But in true Marine tradition as know for always being at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to fielding new equipment still carried the M-79 and used it up until the early 1980's. On his M-79 he carries a field expedient sling using the strap from his 2 qt canteen. On his back you'll find a tropical rucksack favored by special ops folks for riding high on the back so other equipment could be worn on the rear of the pistol belt.

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SOG Team Member US Special Forces Special Operations Group Patrol member. He's wearing the green dominate ERDL camouflage jungle fatigue uniform common among Marines, and special operations soldiers for this period. On his head is a olive green triangular cravat from a medical kit. His weapon for this mission is the XM-117E2 Colt Commando. He wears nomex gloves to camouflage his hands and prior to his insertion he would apply camouflage face paint using a light green and loam camo stick. Of interest is his unusual kit consisting of a modified USAF SV-1 pilots survival vest and a light-weight rucksack sewn to the back. The SV-1 vest contains many zippered and Velcro pockets that could contain items such as a camera, pistol, survival knife, pen flares... My guess he had purchased or traded for the vest and took it to mama san to have it sewn up.

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