Today we are going to look at a few pictures of Bobby G Pruett a SOG recon team 1-0. These photos are from late in the war when SOG had been renamed and the American team members only ran ground operations inside South Vietnam to cover US withdrawal from the country. The president had ended all American cross border ground operations at this point. Which didn’t matter much since PAVN troops had moved most of the famous HCM trail over into RVN due to American forces mostly being gone and not able to occupy as much areas as they had previously.
Since SOG now operated in RVN there was no more worry about sterilized uniforms being found on an American in Laos and Cambodia and proving US troops where in countries denied by the US gov. Because of this we see them wearing the ERDL 3rd pattern jungle uniform. Bobby is wearing the ERDL camo pattern jungle uniform that he has had modified with extra pockets.
He is using a modified SKS chest rig to hold the new 30 round M16 magazines and a mix of M67 gear and M56 webgear. The 2qt canteen pouch being part of the new nylon m67 gear.
The back pack Bobby is wearing is not the ALICE pack that was used post war. That is the Nylon jungle rucksack. It is similar but has a metal X frame. In the middle picture you can see the extra pockets he added to his ERDL pants below the thigh pockets.
Bobby G. Pruett served three tours in Vietnam. His first tour was in 1965-1966 with the 39th Combat Engineers, Bob’s second tour was in 1969-1970 with 5th Special Forces Group (ABN), Project Delta, Recon Section and his third tour was in 1971-1972 with Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG), Task Force 2 Advisory Element (TF2AE / CCC), Recon Company where he served on Recon Teams Iowa and New York.
In April 1972, MAC V SOG was deactivated and Strategic Technical Directorate Advisory Team -158 (STDAT-158) was created. Bob was reassigned to the recon / special mission element that was titled: SPECIAL MISSION FORCE as a Platoon Leader. ( all of which was still SOG in all but name)