Monday, September 19, 2016

U.S. Army Captain Robert Bacon leading a patrol in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. 1964. (pics)

Note:  Check out that environment.  That takes a special kind of tough to operate and in live in the jungle.  Fast forwarding to today, I don't think we're ready if we have to return to that.  I'm not a materials expert but I have doubts about Cordura holding up in the heat, humidity and wetness of the jungle.  I'd even bet current boots would literally rot off the feet of our Marines.  Even if the materials can withstand it, I wonder how much weight gain our guys would face due to the gear not being able to shed water.  The singular focus on desert fighting has left us vulnerable to combat in other climes.

Westmoreland getting in a photo op.  I'm still conflicted on his leadership.  Did he have it right but got blocked by the civilians he served or was he simply jacked up and tried to fight WW2/Korea all over again.

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