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    Post by Guest on Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:47 pm

    I saw this canteen on ebay with black numbering on the bottom and i was wondering what they were used for I know I have seen same types like this that Marines used but did anyone else use them other than the Marines?
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    Post by Corpl. Cleaver on Wed Apr 28, 2010 1:12 pm

    post the link??


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    Post by Guest on Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:15 pm

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    Post by swag on Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:54 pm

    Most likely its the last four of the soldiers Social Security Number; a common way to ID items.
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    Post by BringMeOurFlag on Sat May 01, 2010 10:59 am

    or, like you say about the marines. It's there division number...
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    Post by 1stDivVet on Sat May 01, 2010 12:00 pm

    It's a laundry mark.. Like SWAG said.. Usually the first letter of the last name followed by the last 4 of either a solder's social security number or service number. The markings for organizational equiptment is different. There's a great section on laundry and organizational markings in the Noncom's Guide.

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    Post by Mercenary25 on Sat May 01, 2010 1:25 pm

    BringMeOurFlag wrote:or, like you say about the marines. It's there division number...

    Marines' division numbers weren't stenciled at bottom of the canteen cover. Also their stencil looks different.


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    Post by Guest on Tue May 04, 2010 12:56 pm

    I was just confused as I have seen some canteens like this with the black lettering go for a lot more than a regular canteen and also say they are Marine ones? I have seen a lot of Marine ones that had almost matching types of this one maybe army did this as well I am guessing from everyone's comments on this

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