1968 Vietnam War US Army ERDL Jungle Tunic -
This is a US Army jungle tunic. As issued during the Vietnam war. Of rip-stop material construction.
With four pockets of which the two upper pockets are slanted. Hence the nickname for the shirt
"Slant pockets". ERDL pattern camouflage. The front was closed via the use of green, plastic buttons.
the same type were used to secure the flaps in the pockets shut. Two buttons were provided per
pocket. When the tunic was buttoned up, a flap was provided to cover the buttons from being exposed.
Earlier uniforms had exposed buttons but it was found that they could snag easily in the vegetation
of the jungle.
ERDL pattern is a camouflage pattern developed by the United States Army at its Engineer Research & Development Laboratories (ERDL) in 1948, but first issued to elite reconnaissance and special operations units in early 1967, during the Vietnam War.
The pattern consists of 4 colors printed in an interlocking pattern.
It was initially produced in a lime dominant colorway, consisting of large organic shapes in mid green and brown, black ‘branches’, and light green ‘leaf highlights’. Shortly thereafter a brown dominant scheme (with the light green replaced by light tan) was manufactured. The two patterns are also known as "Lowland" and "Highland" ERDL respectively.
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While the tunic featured here does not have any patches, there are some instances when they were
sewn to the jacket. In most cases they were unit patches.
The tunic retains the two original tags. They are both of white color with black letters. The
tag near the neck area reads as follows:
X-tra Small regular
Chest: .. to 33 inches
Height: 67 to 71 inches
The second tag is located in the bottom section of the tunic. It contains the following
coat, man's, combat, tropical,
contract No. DSA100-68-C-1232
R. L. davis Mfg. Co., Inc.
1. Wear as outer garment in tropical areas
2. wear outside of trousers
3. Front closure can be opened for ventilation and
should be closed for protection against insects.
4. Sleeves are provided with adjustable cuffs to
permit sleeves to be rolled up.
5. A drain hole is provided at the bottom of each
pocket to allow water to drain out.
6. Coat can be hand laundered. Make sure all soap
is thoroughly rinsed out.
7. Coat is made longer than normal in order that
load carrying equipment does not cover pockets.