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Individual uniforms, weapons & gear of the U.S. Army and Marine Infantryman during the Vietnam war

July 23, 2019

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  • Reply Brent0331 July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

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  • Reply PowermadNavigator July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Best spent hour in some time. Learned a lot from this. Brent always comes up with new stuff to show us.

  • Reply yfelwulf July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Nice presentation 👍👍

  • Reply yfelwulf July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Best reading on the M16 the Black Rifle volumes 1and 2. The deficiencies in the AR 15 were built in at the militaries request 😳 the result lots of dead troops. The Bolt assist was one stupid idea not required then not required now. They believed you had to have a device to force the bolt closed no 💩 STONER pointed out if the bolt was stuck the dumbest idea jam it even further.

  • Reply yfelwulf July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I was told the original M72 had a cable release type striker to fire that whizzed past your ear sawing into it highly unpopular. I have only used the low velocity detonation tube type.

  • Reply SolidAstro July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Nice Platoon reference

  • Reply kuradisiim July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for a very informative video! Greetings from Estonia.

  • Reply john davis July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Wheres that tropic thunder at lol

  • Reply yfelwulf July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    The thinner the uniform the easier for mosquitoes to bite through. I've seen em so big their only problem is eat in or take away.

  • Reply Alexander Belov July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Awesome video, verry intresting. Ah, i love the smell of napalm in the morning.

  • Reply NPC2555 July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Guys, hats off ! Great production ! At 1:35 you even hired B-52 to do a fly-over 🙂

  • Reply John Elliott July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Warrior boy here if you remember, Grandmother's little brother was in Marines on Iwo Jima. He was in second row down in Mt.Suribachi photo. Gornick was his name 2 or 3rd from left. Dad was in Korea and Vietnam. Good week to ya.

  • Reply BigChiefWiggles V July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    The interesting thing about the Vietnam war is that it was incredibly expensive and was bankrupting the US, so, in order to finance it Nixon "temporarily" suspended the gold and silver standard for the dollar, turned on the printing presses and, essentially started the process that is destroying the US and the dollar today. It seems like all the Vietnamese blood may have killed the giant after all without him, or anyone, realizing it, like an extremely toxic steroid, he drank it to keep fighting and got addicted.

  • Reply Da A July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    OD (‘Olive Green’ to be period correct) sateen, hot damn why do I love it so much?

  • Reply Amazing Ace July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    A legendary video right here

  • Reply JDS hillbilly July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Great presentation gentlemen. As always informative and entertaining. Shoot I've got a 68 dated b unit laying around y'all could have had 51 year old peanut butter and crackers. LOL put that etool to work!

  • Reply MNguy98 July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Little nitpick in regards to the gas masks… it was actually the M17A1 that had the resuscitation/CPR tube, and the A2 that got rid of it. Solid video as always, and definitely falls within my collecting interest in the Cold War period. I have uncles who went to Vietnam, one who I know worked with the helicopters in the Army, though I don't know exactly when, where, or what unit (predictably, he doesn't like to talk about it, and so I don't like to ask questions).

  • Reply DEBO SQUATCH July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Where do you get all those amazing props for this video.
    dozens of weapons. Do you own all of them?

  • Reply Reid Parker July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    But tactics and equipment don't matter! "Operational" planning by generals is all that matters in combat! The "square law of combat effectiveness" decrees that half of your force will be lost, and you will destroy the enemy.
    -every asshole to whom I talk

  • Reply R T July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Brent.
    Have you done a video on
    face Camouflage paint and patterns?
    Also. I've seen a couple of videos on thermal shielding fabric that can curtail thermal imaging.
    How effective is it and if additional measures can be brought to bear to increase its effectiveness?
    We may very well need to use that fabric right here in our own backyard in the near future.

  • Reply Shane K July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I’ve got several of those canvas butt packs, also got an H harness that takes an adapter strap that holds a second butt pack between your shoulders instead of a large ruck.

  • Reply Tristan Holland July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    This is great I have been reading about Vietnam War military history since I was 10. I'm 38 now. I used to read gas meters and was reading this guys meter and he was standing in his yard I noticed that he had a hat with the 173rd Airborne Brigade patch and the Vietnam service ribbon. I said "you were with the 173rd in Vietnam?" We ended up talking for over an hour about his time in Vietnam. Best hour of "work" in my life.

  • Reply James Tollett July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Nice overview. I would have liked more details about the LBE & rucksack. My dad & two uncles were in Vietnam in the late sixties

  • Reply Ben Sloan July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    When did the Y suspenders start getting issued? Was it post nam, pre persian gulf.

  • Reply Shane K July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Anyone make a replica of those type 1 OD fatigue pants in a large? I look on eBay from time to time but originals in size small is the only ones that ever come up. I’d love to buy a couple pair, had some as a teenager and loved them, thanks.

  • Reply Shane K July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Good timing on this video. Just finished reading a Vietnam war book “gone native”, out of dozens I’ve read on the war, this was the best. Alan Cornett, spent seven years there as a medic, lurp, special forces, even Phoenix program stuff, he ended the war by fragging his XO, court martial, and only one year in Leavenworth, then finished out his 20. Great book.

  • Reply neil castell July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Excellent video guys, you really went all out on this one,
    hoping you guys do a NVA/VC load out sometime,

  • Reply Caleb Blasingame July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Its kinda sad how the m1967 gear was never fully phased into the military. It came out in 1967, but m1956 gear was still dominate till the end of the war (1975) and by 1973 LC-1 was developed leading to the adoption of LC-2 (ALICE gear) in the mid to late 70s.

  • Reply Justin Mishler July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I would also add that you could find rifles that were marked M16A1 with everything from an mp12 marked barrel meaning no chrome lining, to a barrel marked Mpc meaning a chrome lined chamber only which happened as I’ve said before in October of 1967, to a barrel marked cmpc meaning colt magnetic particle inspected chrome chamber, to a barrel marked cmpb meaning colt magnetic particle inspected chrome bore and chamber which came out in the early 70’s either 71-72, to a barrel marked cmp chrome bore that came out in 1974 if I remember right. But as your build Bruce has the earlier dod marking that was changed in the late 1960’s I believe 68 if I remember right yours should have either an mp12, or mpc marked barrel.

  • Reply ratagris21 July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Great video on the Kit and very good intro. Great work as always Gents.

  • Reply Justin Mishler July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Awesome video, I would just like to add that XM16E1’s never came with a chrome lined chamber, as the last lowers marked XM16E1 were in the 740,000 serial number range and were produced in the summer of 1967. The first M16A1’s that were produced with a chrome lined chamber were just before serial number 800,000 and were made circa October 1967. I would also like to add that there were many XM16E1 marked lowers that had the full mag fence, the earliest one that I’ve seen being in the middle 500,000 range.

  • Reply Canon Baylor July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Man that 7 min mini movie intro felt like 30 mins … good shit

    Interesting video

  • Reply Alman556 July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I always mounted my Buttpack on the top rim of the ALICE ruck sack. Almost doubled the volume of the medium ALICE.

  • Reply Lake Manson July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    nice work on this vid guys, nearly about to pass out this far in. Glad i made it to the end. Can't wait for the next full-feature from you!

  • Reply Greg Walker July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    …. that's the way we dealt with these people… cut them open with a machine gun and give them a bandaid…

  • Reply vermont Vermont July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Great job, excellent video guys!

  • Reply SELAxLIFE July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I cant watch these type of videos…they give me flashbacks….flashbacks on what I cant afford…..☹

  • Reply Warrior Caste July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy, we fought ourselves, and the enemy was in us. The war is over for me now, but it will always be there, the rest of my days. As I'm sure Elias will be, fighting with Barnes for what Rhah calls "possesion of my soul." There are times since, I've felt like a child, born of those two fathers. But be that as it may, those who did make it have an obligation to build again. To teach to others what we know, and to try with whats left of our lives to find a goodness and a meaning to this life.

  • Reply willie johnson July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I see you got your dp 28 u wanted for Christmas lol good work hope to see more videos

  • Reply Daniel The misfit Mandalorian July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I have a complete set of the Vietnam Era Infantry loadout(Uniform, helmet, Airsoft M16A1 and M1956 Gear) myself. It would be cool if I tag along and provide another person

  • Reply VT Concerned Citizen July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    "Platoon" Quotes Priceless
    I remember using my dads old nam clothes for deer hunting in the PNW, they were of a heavier materialthe name tapes were first a green and black nylon material and not cottenIve slept on those insulated air mattresses, if you could keep it inflated all night
    then thank God came along BDUs

  • Reply Dirwood L July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    That just made my night! What a great job, guys! Top notch!

  • Reply Pegasus Tests July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Question- How much fun can you have in 100 degree heat? Answer – watch this video.

  • Reply Lake Manson July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Would love to see you work with Vet-TV

  • Reply SonOfTheDawn515 July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    41:14 I was wearing the desert version until I got out in 2010.

  • Reply eddieg1979 July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Nhìn kìa, có một người Mỹ đi bộ xuống đường mòn….

    Charlie is out there….get ready for an ambush…

  • Reply black ops surgical sniper July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Enjoyed the video. Vietnam '71-'72, Dak To staging area, FOB II, joint ops with MAC-V-SOG, wore tiger stripes and short-brimmed "boonies." Cross-border ops.

  • Reply 4PITTS1BURGH2 July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Hahahaha brother you guys are getting better and better at this stuff. Love the intro. Great info

  • Reply ThinTheHerd78 July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Bro, I'm still amazed at how far you've come. You asked where I've been.. we are now truly brothers. Both Mandated Peace Officers. Will have your 6 forever. I always felt that me not being Military I couldn't call you my true brother, but now I hope I can. Still love your vids after all these years. Still trying to invite myself to your next Red Dawn video. LOL

  • Reply Mental Melonhead July 23, 2019 at 10:31 am

    SENSATIONAL.

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