Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.
In Basic in 77 we were issued the Permenent Press greens but I bought one set of 100% cotton fatigues (well starched) for inspections. They gave some kind of award for the best trooper. I,ll never forget this-Sgt. Gary Lilly told me he would kiss my ass if I ever got the award. Well-I did, and he did!
UPDATE on the shirt, it is actually an OD 507 model shirt, and from the little research that I have done so far, it appears the shirt was issued out in 1975. My apologies, it was early and I did not have my coffee yet when I bought the shirt.
I recall going to the PX in Bamberg in "72 and buying a fatigue shirt that still had the black with yellow lettered U.S.Army and a non button sleeves. My buddy had bought the troop tailor's sewing machine when he retired,so I bought some bright red ribbon and he sewed it around the sleeves and sewed the dress patch of the 2nd Cav,and the Big Red One on the shoulders.Wore this shirt in the barracks on free weekends to party.It became my Lounge shirt.
70-72 all the brass was subdued as well as all the patches, name tags, etc.
I have a full set of fatiques, greens and blues (plus field jackets, subdued brass, patches, etc.) that have had no home but my attic for the last 40 +/- years. I even have my issue belt which seems to have shrunk a bit since I put it in the back of my sock drawer so long ago.
Are you interested in any of this?
I will be over in May for the Regiment's birthday celebration maybe I can slip some of this stuff in my bag.
I hate when those belts shrink!
Chris was this pre beret? yes I am very interested!