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Old 01-13-2024, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Northern CA
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I served in the Navy from '74 to '78 during the Ford & Carter administrations (Seabee here) and still have a set of utility greens -including the hat- with my crow (E-4) and they still fit! Somewhere I have the hat block to hold it for a good spray of starch. Our dress blues at the time were the ugly "Bus Driver" blue suits. I burned mine the day I got out. I hated that suit.
That uniform sucked, didn't it? (I'm also Navy 74-78). I bought the old style jumper as soon as I got out of boot camp. Never wore the new one again.

I still have a few items laying around here and there, and I still have the white towel I got in boot camp, with my name stenciled on it. I think I last used it to wash my car.
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Old 01-13-2024, 12:57 PM
 
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That uniform sucked, didn't it? (I'm also Navy 74-78). I bought the old style jumper as soon as I got out of boot camp. Never wore the new one again.

I still have a few items laying around here and there, and I still have the white towel I got in boot camp, with my name stenciled on it. I think I last used it to wash my car.
My dad was 64-67 before being blinded in one eye on the flight deck. Said several guys would take their 13 button dress blues plants to hav the buttons sewn on the outside and snaps hidden under the flaps. In the 90s some would have Velcro sewn into the flaps.
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Old 01-13-2024, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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After I got out I left my uniforms at my Mom's. She worked at the Federal building and there was a recruiting station there. She took all my uniforms to the Marine recruiting office and she told me they took them. I don't know if they really appreciated it; they probably did it to humor her.
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Old 01-14-2024, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Still have my original Peacoat, but it's a pretty tight fit these days. Also an original Dixie Cup hat, which also doesn't fit. And, of course my original medals and ribbons. Those are eventually going into a shadow box.

Have new uniforms, courtesy of my affiliation with the Sea Cadet program. Only issue is that adult volunteers in the Sea Cadets wear officer uniforms. We still get to wear our medals and ribbons. Sadly, I'm the only one at the Reserve Center with Vietnam ribbons. Nobody else on base is old enough to have earned those. Feels strange.
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Old 01-23-2024, 02:34 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL, United States
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I didn't have any Army, Navy, or boot camp uniform. Instead, I got family uniform shirts.
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Old 01-25-2024, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA USA
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I ETS'ed from the army in 1971 with four field jackets, two pair of jungle boots, and two sets of camo fatigues, and all the unit ribbons and brass that go on a Class A uniform. I wear my Vietnam Service Ribbon and my MOS designation on my motorcycle jacket, and a few other items that are dear to me. I gave three of the field jackets away to family members, and don't know what happened to the rest of it. I still have a box full of pictures and papers, tho. I have a pic of my DD214 in my phone to get veteran discounts, which are pretty common here in Texas.
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Old 01-25-2024, 06:14 PM
 
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I retired in 2000. I still have a serviceable set of service blues, mess dress, and BDUs. I've worn them all numerous times by regulation in the years since representing my Air Force service at various functions.

I wear my BDU field jacket (with necessary patches removed) as a cold weather work jacket. I still have my issue gray wool scarf that I wear in cold weather. I got it in 1974, making it the oldest item of clothing in my closet.
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Old 03-19-2024, 09:53 AM
 
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I have my US Army service dress uniform from 1970. After 54 years I think it sill kind of fits. Only problem cannot remember where it is stored. I think my sister has it somewhere. Never put on in public after my honorable discharge.
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Old 03-19-2024, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Dayton OH
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I have my US Army service dress uniform from 1970. After 54 years I think it sill kind of fits. Only problem cannot remember where it is stored. I think my sister has it somewhere. Never put on in public after my honorable discharge.
Mine is hanging in the closet right near the front door. The jacket sort of fits, a little snug in the shoulders. The pants need about 1" extra in the waist to fit OK. I weigh only a few pounds more than what I did when discharged at age 23 in 1978. Never worn it outside since 1978.

Yesterday I saw a couple who live in my apartment complex, both retired Army officers. They know that I am former Army enlisted. It was cold and windy out and I was just getting to the parking lot after walking a few blocks from the grocery store with my knapsack, wearing heavy jacket, watch cap and gloves. The guy said to me "you could have used some of your TA-50 today!" which gave me a laugh.
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Old 03-20-2024, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Still have my class A and mess dress, not that I could fit into them. Also have my BDU cap and miscellaneous field gear.
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