US 25th Infantry Division Radio Operator with M-16

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First Legion

The US conflict in Vietnam lasted some ten years from 1965-1975 and wholly defined an entire generation of Americans. First Legion has started off with US Infantry from the 25th “Tropic Lightning” Infantry Division. The division was heavily engaged throughout the war in and around the area of Saigon and is heavily associated with such battles as in the Iron Triangle, the Ho Bo Woods, the Boi Loi Woods, Hoc Mon, War Zone C, and even Cambodia. FL has chosen to present them as they would have appeared in 1968/1969 right around the TET Offensive and the battles which followed with full kit out on a search and destroy operation.

This RTO lugs his heavy radio pack and carries the standard issue M-16. The radio operators were at a severe disadvantage when the squad would go on patrol, for while an officer could remove his rank insignia and forbid saluting in the field, the radio man had no way of hiding his vital role. Snipers often targeted RTOs first to keep a patrol isolated and eliminate the possibility of an air strike.