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Russ Haynes Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2019 8:39 p.m. PST

Anyone ever paint this unit with brown camouflage helmet covers? I'm reading "Steel My Soldiers' Heart and LTC Hackworth describes making his troops reverse their helmet covers to the brown side because of all the graffiti written on the usually worn green camouflage side.

Russ Haynes Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2019 10:16 p.m. PST

That should read 4/39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division.

Skarper13 Nov 2019 10:39 p.m. PST

I remember reading his book – About Face. But don't remember that. It would certainly be easier to paint as getting the helmet covers to look right is the hardest detail.

Russ Haynes Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2019 11:16 p.m. PST

Skarper, I never read About Face but in this book he describes the VC as becoming scared of the "brown helmeted soldiers" as his troops improved and became a bigger threat to the VC. I thought it might be a cool way to represent a specific US line infantry outfit that had a great reputation for taking the fight to the enemy.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2019 5:28 a.m. PST

Two different books. I didn't do the helmets, however, I did do up one platoon as Tiger Force another unit Hack was associated with to "Out G the Gs".

It's a shame he died so young.

Legion 414 Nov 2019 6:08 a.m. PST

Yes, he was quite the Soldier … And his troops very aggressive. That is one of the ways to win a war.

Virginia Tory14 Nov 2019 6:51 a.m. PST

At least until he told the Truth on Issues and Answers…and that was the end of him.

He was a pretty good reporter, too.

Russ Haynes Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2019 12:09 p.m. PST

So far, I would say he has an interesting and entertaining writing style. No dry military history! I can totally believe he was a good reporter.

Legion 415 Nov 2019 7:21 a.m. PST

From what I have read/heard he and his troops were very effective at their craft/jobs. Before he became a reporter/writer. He was there … he knew the deal …

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