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    Post by 1stDivVet on Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:16 am

    Something you don't see very often.

    To combat the alarming number of foot fungus disease cases among US troops operating in The Plain of Reeds and Mekong Delta, USARV requested 400 specially designed combat boots to help with foot hygiene of the 9th Infantry Division. on 16 Oct. 1967. The division surgeon visited Natick Laboratories at the end of Oct., and on 17 Nov. 1967, Army Material Command was directed to purchase 400 test boots under ENSURE priorities. These were air expressed to Vietnam on 5 Jan. 1968, but proved unsatisfactory. Further action on this design was cancelled 18 Nov. 1968.(as per Stanton "US Army Uniforms of the Vietnam War" pp 138-139.

    This pair came from the estate of USAF Brigadier General Olbert F. Lassiter. I've had these about 35 years.

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    Post by Camonut314 on Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:29 pm

    WAY cool Very Happy
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    Post by Dom Hyde on Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:11 pm

    Interesting - what's the mesh like? Is it heavy gauge and stiff, or more flexible? Compared to, say mesh used in LBVs or lightweight ghillie vests.
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    Post by 1stDivVet on Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:19 am

    it is the same type of mesh as used in survival vests.


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    Post by Dom Hyde on Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:04 pm

    Thanks. Seems a bit flimsy - perhaps that was a factor in their rejection.
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    Post by Haydamaka on Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:05 pm

    Amazing!
    Though they proved to be poor in action, these boots are a fantastic sample of research idea!

    Very nice piece of history, thanks a lot!!!

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    Post by Haydamaka on Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:06 pm

    Since that time meshy parts are not allowed in contract combat boots of the US Armed forces, as well as zippers and velcro-fasteners...

    Am I right, how do you think?

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