In the summer the men in my company wore olive drab fatigues, and
combat boots with buckles on them. I have heard that the North Koreans called
us the "Soft caps." We went ashore at Inchon wearing caps, and were issued
steel helmets only after we had been there for several weeks. In our field
packs we carried a change of fatigues (usually dirty), a few changes of
socks and underwear (usually filthy), a razor, and a mess kit (the degree
of cleanliness I don't even want to think about). We also had a poncho,
a shelter half, and a sleeping bag rolled up on the pack, along with an
entrenching tool attached to the pack.
In the winter we wore long john underwear (tops and bottoms), fatigue
shirts, and a pair of "field pants" worn over our fatigue pants. We wore
fatigue jackets, and hooded parkas. We also had fleece lined caps with ear
flaps, and leather gloves with wool liners. I think we were in North Korea
before they finally issued us down-filled sleeping bags and shoe pacs.
Do any of you guys remember brushing your teeth while you were there?
As far as what equipment I "didn't like," I have never given this
any thought. Since we carried only that which was necessary for survival
and defense, I guess there was nothing to really dislike. I often wished
that we could have had better boots and gloves to protect our feet and hands
from the numbing cold. But I don't believe that such things could be devised
to protect men who lived like animals in such an environment.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2002 10:29 AM
Combat equipment and clothing
I belong to a group that form
time to time puts on a time line of the soldier, form the French and Indian
War to the present. One area that is not covered is the Korean War, so
I have started to collect the items in order to put them on display. So
I was wondering what the guys wore that were in combat? What equipment
did you like and what did you hate? What clothing did you have versus
what was supposed to be issued to you and not the ones in the read areas.
I have started to read the personal stories of the veterans in order to
get some ideas.