There isn't much on the front because it has pockets and I don't want to sew them shut.
It doesn't look like it but it doubles as a photo vest. I have so much camera gear stuffed into the pockets you'd be surprised what's in there.
I support the Patriot Guard and attend funerals wearing this vest.
I suppose it is part of my gear or my image. When I'm out taking photos people remember me because of this vest and I wear a boonie cover along with a knee pad which is usually on my right knee. I know I'm going to get down low eventually when I take photos so I wear the pad so I don't have to look down to see what I might be kneeling on. It didn't take me long to figure out that the knee pad was a good idea. I usually only use the one so I have one in my car and one on my camera bag. Either way I know where one is when I go out to take photos.
The khaki colored patch on the front was my rank. I was a Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class E-4. I wore that rank on my uniform. So it's been around since '67, it is showing a little age. I wear two unit patches also on the front. 7th COMM Battalion was my parent unit although I didn't actually spend much time with them. I spent 7 months with 1st ANGLICO Sub Unit 1 with the 2nd Republic of Korea Marines, Chung Jung or Blue Dragon Brigade. There are some mission complete pins from the PGR. I have also one pin that I've had about forty years. You can sort of see it to the left of the 1 on the front of the vest. It is a duck holding a sign that says Quack. It is an inside joke for me. On the bottom back you can make out a patch that says Li'l Bamboo which is a name I was called by the Vietnamese. I worked with another Corpsman doing Civic Action Duty in a ville outside of our compound. They already called him Bamboo because he was tall. I was a bit shorter than him so I became Li'l Bamboo. For me the best nickname ever. The Marines called all Corpsmen 'Doc' it was also another hard earned title. I am forever grateful to my Marines for keeping this then skinny Corpsman safe.
Semper Fi. Fair winds and following seas.
Travel smart, travel safe.