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US Army Vietnam Tiger Stripe Shorts - Made in Okinawa
US Army Vietnam Tiger Stripe Shorts - Made in Okinawa
US Army Vietnam Tiger Stripe Shorts - Made in Okinawa
US Army Vietnam Tiger Stripe Shorts - Made in Okinawa
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US Army Vietnam Tiger Stripe Shorts - Made in Okinawa

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For any of you that have never been to, or lived in the tropics, they're hot, super hot, and very humid. Wearing jungle fatigues all day would have been sweaty, and I imagine pretty uncomfortable. So no surprise then that an entire industry sprung up around the US Army in Vietnam to supply clothing that would have been a little more comfortable to wear either when in country, or when sitting on a beach whilst on R&R. This included shorts.

This pair were made in Okinawa, from a tiger pattern known as 'seal pattern' in Johnson's book which was made locally to produce some of these non-regulation items. They are based on the pattern of the UDT (underwater demolition team) shorts famously worn by Navy Seal teams, though are pocketless and don't feature the belt.

Condition

Perfect used condition, no damage and the Japanese made YZIP (a sub-brand of YKK) works perfectly. The tiger pattern itself retains a strong dark green and brown colour, with a very slight pink tinge.

Size

  • 17" measured waist