Marine Poncho Essay

USMC Clothing Index


Officer Men's
  • M-1935 Officer's Belt
  • Woven Trouser Belt
Enlisted Men's
  • Leather Service Belt
  • White Dress Belt
  • Woven Service Belt


Officer Men'sEnlisted Men's
  • Composition Sole Combat Service Boots
    • Specification 114
    • Specification 114A
  • Parachute Jumper Leather Boot
  • Jungle Boots


Officer Men's
  • Dress Breeches
  • Summer Service Breeches
  • Winter Service Breeches


Officer Men's
  • Dress Blue Cap (M-1937)
  • Dress White Cap (M-1937)
  • Summer Service Cap (M-1937)
  • Summer Service Garrison Cap
  • Winter Service Cap (M-1937)
  • Winter Service Garrison Cap
Enlisted Men's
  • Dress Blue Cap
  • Dress White cap
  • Herringbone Twill Cap
  • Lambskin Cap
  • Summer Service Garrison Cap
  • Summer Service Cap
  • Utility Cap (M-1944)
  • Utility HBT Garrison Cap
  • Winter Service Cap
  • Winter Service Garrison Cap



Officer Men's
  • Blue Dress Coat
  • Full Dress Coat
  • White Dress Coat
  • Winter Service Coat (M-1929)
  • Summer Service Coat (M-1929)
Enlisted Men's

Utility Coat Model of 1941.
  • Blue Dress Coat (M-1924)
  • Camouflage Utility Coat (M-1942)
  • Camouflage Utility Coat (M-1944)
  • Winter Service Coat (M-1927)
  • Summer Service Coat (M-1927)
  • Utility Coat (M-1941)
  • Utility Coat (M-1944)


Officer Men's
  • Brown Gloves
  • White Gloves
Enlisted Men's


Officer Men'sEnlisted Men's
  • Field Hat
  • Herringbone Twill Hat
    • Specification 21
    • Specification 21B
  • Rubberized Rain Hat


Officer Men's
  • Evening Dress Jacket
  • White Mess Jacket
  • Winter Service Jacket (M-1944)
Enlisted Men's
  • Olive Drab Field Jacket
  • M-1943 Field Jacket
  • PTO Cotton Khaki Field Jacket
  • PTO Wool Field Jacket
  • Summer Service Jacket (M-1946)
  • Winter Combat Jacket
  • Winter Service Jacket (M-1946)



Officer Men's
  • Winter Service Overcoat
  • Short Winter Overcoat
Enlisted Men's
  • Winter Service Coat (M-1929)
  • Winter Service Coat (M-1942)
  • Sheepskin Lined Parka Type Overcoat
  • Alpaca Lined Parka Type Overcoat


Enlisted Men's
  • Camouflage Poncho (M-1942)
  • Camouflage Poncho (M-1944)
  • Rubberized Poncho


Officer Men'sEnlisted Men's
  • Rubberized Raincoat
  • Raincoat (M-1943)



Officer Men's
  • Cotton Shirt
  • Flannel Shirt
  • White Shrit
Enlisted Men's
  • Flannel Shirt (M-1927)
  • Khaki Cotton Shirt (M-1927)


Officer Men's
  • Black Shoes
  • Brown Shoes
  • White Shoes
Enlisted Men's

Enisted Man's Leather Service Shoes.
  • Leather Service Shoes
  • Leather Field Shoes



Enlisted Men's
  • Jungle One-Piece Suit
  • Utility One-Piece Suit


Officer Men's
  • Black Mess Trousers
  • Blue Dress Trousers
  • Evening Dress Trousers
  • Sky Blue Dress Trousers
  • Summer Service Trousers
  • Winter Service Trousers
  • White Trousers
Enlisted Men's
  • Camouflage Utility Trousers (M-1942)
  • Camouflage Utility Trousers (M-1944)
  • Winter Service Trousers (M-1922)
  • Winter Service Trousers (M-1945)
  • Summer Service Trousers (M-1930)
  • Summer Service Trousers (M-1945)
  • Sky Blue Trousers (M-1930)
  • Sky Blue Trousers (M-1945)
  • Utility Trousers (M-1941)
  • Utility Trousers (M-1944)
  • White Trousers


For Those Who Walk
Through Fields of Fire

Sobering news from half a world away gives a Marine veteran pause to consider the meaning of war and service.

By Greg Malloure

I was once an infantry Marine, and this is my war story.

Spring of 2006, I am holding my rifle straight out with both hands in a half-squatting position yelling, “A hand grenade’s kill radius is five meters, Lance Corporal!” My team leader is three inches from my sweaty face when he shouts, “And what is the fragmentation radius?” My knees begin to shake as I shoot back, “15 meters, Lance Corporal!”

The author in Iraq, 2008

Happy with my answer, Lance Corporal gives me permission to go to sleep. It is well past midnight.

I am a “boot” adjusting to my new life in Fox Company, and Lance Corporal has recently returned from a nasty deployment in Iraq. He says that he is my father and that he knows what’s best. He slams my head into wall lockers to remind me of my ignorance as he yells, “You are going to war soon, and I won’t be there to babysit you!”

Iraq 2008, training is over, and I have treated my Marines just as my leaders treated me. My team leader is now my squad leader, and if I weren’t the radio operator I would lead one of his teams. This is the cycle, and my Marines will slam their Marines’ heads into wall lockers, too. It’s a tradition that has gone on for generations.

This morning we are preparing for a river patrol and a search for weapons caches. Rifles click rounds into place up and down the patrol as we exit the wire. It’s like a ritual that we have taken part in hundreds of times. Load a magazine into the well, tap it in, and pull the charging handle to the rear. Release the charging handle and the bolt leaves the buffer spring where it is guided over the magazine well. On its way to the chamber the bolt grabs a 5.56 round and slams it home. It’s a moment of mechanical beauty.

We arrive 30 clicks down the Euphrates River and get off the boats near the target house. We enter the farmer’s field from the river banks, and spread out into a well-rehearsed squad on line formation. This directs our fields of fire toward the house as a Cobra attack helicopter buzzes in the distance. A UAV drone looms above us, keeping an eye out, ensuring that no one is going to escape. I feel confident. We have trained for this.

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