Also found the pic below, looks original but not sure if it's authentic Nam era or reanactors. No info on it, it just said SOG. Anyone seen it before or know anything about it?
I'm suspicious, mostly because the guy kneeling on the left has his knife in a place where I don't think a real shooter would be likely to put it. It just looks too posed to me, but that's just my opinion...
You Are right Sir!
Thats from a group in France called GRUNTS, who do a really nice job taking pictures and posting them on their website. The backdrop is a couple thousand filled sandbags in one members backyard! Gotta love the motivation!
Outstanding sog pix posted!!
Ive seen some of those before but some are new and really exciting..
The US Navy Sniper was named Santoro, I met him in Sandiego in 1997 he was with the Navys Sea Cobras, their unit insignia was the same size as the NAG shield with a large cobra head in yellow surrounded by red, super cool stuff! And yes your right, they were trained at the 9th ID Sniper school, Ive actually got one of his patches and other photos of his.
Great guy, last time I talked to him he was battleing cancer, I hope he beat it! He was an awsome guy!!
Just went to the site again, of course I have it under favorites!! Always love seeing their newest creations! met a couple of the guys way back in 2000 in England at the WAR & peace show and was very impressed by their members!!
Im trying to get our group together once a month for photo shoots like they do, really enjoy their pix and their locations, mybe we can do the same here!!
Thanks for the help guys, I had a feeling it was not an original but couldn't say for sure. Glad you're enloying the thread RT-HABU I sure have been diggin it! Lots of great stuff's been posted by many and I hope to post some more stuff when I get time.
BTW - The best of luck to Santoro with the cancer. That's one tuff enemy to beat, lost my dad to it!
So sorry to hear that about your pops!! I lost my step sister and almost lost my mother in law, who is like a real mom, to it too! Yea its a tuffy!
I'll see if I can find the other photos by him, Ive got some slides from one of his co-snipers. photos show guys wearing all kinds of cool US Navy Sniper scrolls and US Navy Long Range Patrol tab too. Guys wearing dungerees with full color Sea Cobra patches as well as RECONDO badges too. turns out the Navy went through all their personnel in Nam with high marksman skills and approached them to be snipers. Ive talked with a local Seal historian and he has some after action reports detailing seal/sniper missions.
as soon as I find the pix I'll post em!
"I'll tell you what pressure is. Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse. Playing cricket is not."
Originally Posted by Mr X
The insig on the Boonie hat is a RAINF corps badge. It is too early for him to be wearing the AATV hat badge which came out later. I love the Garand Belt worn up side down with 20 Rd M-16 mags in it. The belt can carry 10 mags. Also note the early 30rd mag on the Wpn. I am so going to put together this set from items in my collection
I think it is the Royal Australian Regiment badge, rather than the RAInf badge. The RAInf badge is a lot bigger than the RAR badge.
Terry Eagan went on to serve in the Australian Army until into the 90's winning the Brigadier M.B. Simkin Trophy for the Army Aviator of the year in 1990
Originally Posted by Mr X
BTW he may have a 5qt water bottle down the front of his jacket SASR style.
Which I was going to mention about this pic ^. These boys have water bladders down their shirts, they're not carrying a few too many KG's.
This is Terry O'Farrell, he's a 24 year old Sergeant SASR patrol commander on his second tour in this pic, your average SASR new trooper is older than that these days. He went on to be the unit RSM, before becoming an Officer and finishing up as 2IC of the Regiment in 2004.