Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Scouting, Patrolling, Sniping


  1. When I was in the old Republic of Viet Nam, I was a Specialist Four, E-4, Field Radio Relay and Carrier Equipment Repairman (MOS 31L20) in the Signal Corps of the United States Army.

    However, my final assignment in the United States Army was as a Sergeant, E-5, Cavalry Scout (MOS 11D20)at Fort Hood, Texas.

    My unique uniform included a black beret (many years before the Army adopted the black beret for all personnel), a "US" cavalry belt buckle on a black leather garrison belt, and a pair of silver spurs on my jump boots.

    Our scout platoon operated in teams of two gun M-151 jeeps, each M-151 jeep equipped with a pedestal-mounted M-60 7.62 millimeter machine gun and PRC-25 radio transceiver, with three men to a jeep, i.e., a driver, observer, and a gunner, just like in the television series, "THE RAT PATROL".

    Each scout was armed with an M-16 5.56 millimeter rifle, an M-7 bayonet, and a Colt M-1911 .45 caliber pistol, in addition to being equipped with a steel pot helmet, flak vest, and M-17 protective mask (i.e., "gas mask").

    Later, we switched from using jeeps to using M-113 personnel carriers equipped with a T.O.W. missile, two M-60 7.62 millimeter machine guns, and a Browning M-2 .50 caliber machine gun.

    Today, as an elderly disabled war veteran, I wear the black cavalry Stetson with the yellow hat cord and the "7th Cavalry" crossed sabers.

    1. The Stetson is for the baddest of the bad. Good choice.

    2. Your comment made me think of this: