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1970 Still Issued Brown Boots Admin |

I was issued two pairs of the brown rough side out boots in June of 1970 when I passed through MCRD San Diego with Platoon 2076.  Apparently that was the only boots left in my size as I was the only boot in the entire series to get a pair let alone both pairs.  None of my DI's were familiar with them so I was told to shave them and then lay on the polish.  By the time I graduated they shined as black as any of the other issued black boots.  Though I confess to catching some heat in the early stages until I built up enough black polish to cover the rough texture.

Dave Kirkpatrick

Sgt 1970 -1974

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