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    82nd Airborne BDU shirt from first wounded trooper in Grenada

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    Post by vintageproductions on Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:10 pm

    This is one of my favorite pieces in my collection. It belonged to an 82nd Airborne soldier who had the dubious honor of being the first 82nd airborne member wounded in action since Vietnam. Needless to say he was also the first wounded in Grenada.
    I have copies of his Purple Heart document, photos of him and a letter from him stating this was the shirt he was wearing when he was hit.
    Luckily he had the shirt cleaned very well before I got it.
    82nd Airborne BDU shirt from first wounded trooper in Grenada Bdu110


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    Post by vintageproductions on Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:11 pm

    where the bullet entered
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    Post by nkomo on Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:13 am

    Bob,
    What an amazing and historic find! Just an incredible piece from a very little known US intervention. Thanks for sharing this gem with the forum.


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    Post by Gemini on Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:45 pm

    That must be a weird feeling.To be the first of your division to be wounded since the last war.Did he know what he was hit with?
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    Post by kammo-man on Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:30 pm

    Beyond historical grouping .

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    Post by drmatz on Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:50 pm

    Pretty cool history.

    Arch i think is a little known intervention, because it was a huge inteligence fiasco and that almost cost the lives of a lot of people involved, including the hostages.

    Keep posting, items with history are always really cool even bdu's Smile

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    Post by kammo-man on Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:00 pm

    This was Woodlands debut as a combat uniform.
    I bought a set when I visited there in 83 for 100GBP and thought I was the coolest collector in town , also some alice gear .....
    Wore that stuff all over Belfast as a kid with pride .
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    Post by downboy on Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:44 pm

    Yes Grenada...lessons learned for ST-6.If I remember right debut of as well of the "Fritz" kevlar helmet.First saw them on the cover of Time or Newsweek magazine then.
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    Post by kammo-man on Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:16 pm

    I also remember that issue .......along with the M-203 egg cups
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    Post by panzerwerk on Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:30 pm

    Very Nice !
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    Post by Tyler Flint on Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:19 pm

    Wow! Thats really cool Smile

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