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In Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terror, as in previous wars, deployed US Military personnel have created new versions of what used to be called "Trench Art" in World Wars One & Two.
 
Vietnam Veterans had their "Short timer's sticks" and Zippo lighters with obscene cartoons.  These NEW veterans have created Rifle Slings, Knife lanyards, Pistol Lanyards and these bracelets from Military Issue 550 Pound Strength Parachute cord, otherwise known as PARACORD.   Theses bracelets proudly identify who has been to Iraq & Afghanistan, otherwise known as the "Sandbox."  
 
The meaning of these bracelets transcends their obvious appeal as a clothing accessory.   Uniform professionals of all services, including military, police and firefighters now proudly wear these bracelets knowing that in addition to their historical meaning, they can also get 10 feet of lifesaving 550 pound test survival cord for any emergency.
 
 
Paracord Cobra Bracelets come in the following colors:
 
Olive Drab
 
Black
 
Coyote Brown
 
Foliage Green
 
 
We will ship your Cobra Paracord Bracelet in one of the above colors
 
unless you specify a preference in your notes. 
 
Follow the safe and secure instructions by clicking below.
 
To purchase Paracord Bracelets, go to:
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
Paracord COBRA Bracelet for the Nam era Vets,
 
 Complete with the colors of the
 
Vietnam War Campaign Ribbons and Medals
 
 
Vietnam Veterans had their "Short timer's sticks" and Zippo lighters with obscene cartoons.  NEW Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans have created these bracelets from Military Issue 550 Pound Strength Parachute cord, otherwise known as PARACORD.   Theses bracelets are a tribute to the Vets who came before them.   They proudly identify who has been there. 
 
The meaning of these bracelets transcends their obvious appeal as a clothing accessory.   Uniform professionals of all services, including military, police and firefighters now proudly wear these bracelets knowing that in addition to their historical meaning, they can also get 10 feet of lifesaving 550 pound test survival cord for any emergency.
 
 
 
We will ship your Vietnam Cobra Paracord Bracelet in a standard size only
   
 
 
To purchase Paracord Bracelets, go to:
 
 
NEW  Paracord COBRA Bracelet to Remember the
 
 
POW MIA 
 
Prisoners of War and Missing in Action
 
An Iraq War Veteran has created these bracelets from Military Issue 550 Pound Strength Parachute cord, otherwise known as PARACORD.   
 
These bracelets are a symbol of our concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. 
 
1,702 Americans are still listed by DoD as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War: Vietnam - 1,304;  Laos – 332; Cambodia - 59; Peoples Republic of China territorial waters – 7. We still seek the return of all US prisoners, the fullest possible accounting for those still missing and repatriation of all recoverable remains.  
 
The meaning of these bracelets transcends their obvious appeal as a clothing accessory.   Uniform professionals of all services, including military, police and firefighters now proudly wear these bracelets knowing that in addition to their historical meaning, they can also get 10 feet of lifesaving 550 pound test survival cord for any emergency.  SHOW YOU COLORS !
 
 
A symbol of our concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.
 
 
We will ship your POW - MIA Cobra Paracord Bracelet in a standard size only
  
To purchase Paracord Bracelets, go to:
 
 
A NEW Airborne Video...

 

 
 
 
During the growing anti-war dissent of the 60's, who would leave high school, family and friends to join the military?  
 
Who would go for rigorous airborne training and finally ... volunteer for the most dangerous place on the planet?  
 
These men did. 
 
Now 40 years later, here are the vivid stories, pictures and memories dedicated to the Ranger Killer Teams that never returned.   
 
Experience the new documentary :
 
 
 
 
Painted Warriors
 
Papa Company Rangers on the DMZ
 
 
 
P Company 75th Rangers was the northern most Ranger unit during the Vietnam War. They were the long range patrols, the eyes and ears, for the 5th Mechanized Infantry Division.
 
The company never had more than 80 members and was broken down into 6-man teams.
 
These small units of elite airborne soldiers were dropped behind enemy lines to gather intelligence and ambush North Vietnam regulars trying to accomplish the same type of missions.
 
They were required to carry heavy field packs, extra Claymore mines, canteens and grenades while surviving for over a week on their own until picked up by helicopter.
 
The Rangers and their flight crews sustained unusually high casualties, many times losing an entire team.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Larry Smith, sole survivor of Ranger Team 1-6, describes the shoot down that took the lives of fellow rangers Sgt  Thomas Joseph Dowd, David Leon Barber, Roy Jeffrey Burke, James Howard Dean, Gary Philip Sinclair and the helicopter crew.
 
Dave Slone, sole survivor of Ranger Team 1- 8, remembers the shoot down that took the lives of his fellow rangers: Sp4 Anthony Joseph Gallina, Sp4 Dale Alan Gray, Pfc Glenn Garland Ritchie and Sgt Harold Erwin Sides as well as the helicopter crew.  
 
The grunts of Alpha 1/61 Infantry also lost two men to a mortar barrage while rescuing him at the crash site  platoon leader 1LT Richard H. Stube and PFC Michael T. Linville
 
 
We gratefully acknowledge the help of the following individuals in the production of this documentary.  Without their contributions, it would not have been possible.
  • Larry Smith - Papa Company Ranger Team 1-6
  • David R. Slone  - Papa Company Ranger Team 1-8
  • Clyde Tanner - Papa Company Ranger & F/51st LRRP
  • Edward Tilson - Papa Company Ranger
  • Terry B. Roderick  - Papa Company Ranger - Past Pres 75th Ranger Assn
  • Garry W. Norton - Papa Company Ranger
  • Steve Nash - Papa Company Ranger
  • Gerald E. Cornelius - Papa Company Ranger
  • Jose Dominguez - Papa Company Ranger
  • Richard J. King - Papa Company Ranger
  • Lewis “Jim” Femiano - Papa Company Ranger
  • Cyrille J. “Duke” Dushane - Papa Company Ranger - Past Pres 75th Ranger Assn
  • John S. Beckwith - Papa Company Ranger
  • Dong Tran - Province Chairman of Quang Tri 1968-1975
  • Duc Dong Tran - BBC Vietnamese Journalist
 
History of P Company (Airborne), 75th Infantry (RANGER)
 
1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division
 
On 1 February 1969, Co. P (RANGER) 75th Infantry was activated to perform reconnaissance,
surveillance, and target acquisition for the 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (MECH).
 
The personnel used to man PAPA Company were all volunteers and usually Airborne qualified, with a few exceptions.
 
Team Leaders were usually graduates of & U. S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia or combat experienced non-commissioned officers.
 
This was not always the case, as the most experienced and qualified men in the company were not always the ones with the highest rank.
 
Team members had a wide variety of Military Occupational Specialties (MOS's) and training was usually done on the job.
 
 
 
 
Recondo training was at the 5th Special Forces RECONDO SCHOOL in Nha Trang and was available to selected personnel as training allocations became available.
 
PAPA Company was also equipped with trained Snipers, but because of terrain and mission objectives, they were seldom used operationally.
 
The process of getting the company combat ready was declared complete in March of 1969.
 
PAPA Company fielded on average, six combat ready 6 man Ranger 'HUNTER-KILLER' teams that consisted of a team leader (TL) an assistant team leader (ATL), a radio operator (RTO) and 3 scout observers.
 
Each team member performed a variety of tasks as assigned by the team leader.
 
Generally speaking, 2 Ranger teams would be out in the field, 2 teams would be on 'READY
ALERT' to back up teams out on patrol or to become a "REACTIONARY FORCE" as needed, and 2 teams would be in a stand down mode to resupply and prepare for their next assigned mission.
 
Missions assigned by the 1st Bde, 5th Inf Div (MECH) generally consisted of an assigned 4 to 6 square kilometer area known as a 'BOX'.
 
The mission duration was normally 5 days and 4 nights unless the team was compromised or if contact was made with the enemy.
 
In the northern I Corps area, to include the entire Demilitarized Zone, the enemy encountered was usually the hard-core NVA regulars, who were better equipped, better trained soldiers than their Viet Cong counterparts.
 
A typical Ranger mission, if there is such a thing, would have the team recon and observe an area for enemy presence or movement for the first 4 days and attempt to ambush on the last night and day of the mission, prior to extraction.
 
This was not always the case as some teams were authorized to ambush earlier in their mission, depending on circumstanc
 
 
 
PAPA Company Ranger teams were usually inserted and extracted by helicopter, but also used the assets of the 5th Infantry Division (MECH) which resulted in 'stay-behind' missions and direct insertions by tanks and armored personnel carriers.
 
Support for the PAPA Company teams was provided by 'REDLEG' artillery units at firebases A4
(known as Alpha 4) and C2 (known as Charlie 2) which were located just south of the Demilitarized Zone, a buffer zone that separated North and South Vietnam.
 
Air support was provided by, among others, the 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion of the 101st Infantry Division (AMBL) in Camp Evans, near Phu Bai and the 17th Air Cavalry stationed at Camp Red Devil in Quang Tri.
 
Also at the disposal of the Rangers were naval vessels in the Gulf of Tonkin for fire missions, land and ship based attack, fighter aircraft and bombers based in Thailand.
 
Forward Air Controllers (FAC) and their aircraft were also available for spotting, radio relay and for directing air strikes as needed. Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA) missions were common for the Rangers in PAPA Company.
 
By late 1970, PAPA Company Rangers found their missions to be centered more in the Khe Sahn Plain.
 
Much of the intelligence gathered during this period, through the early part of 1971, was instrumental in the success achieved by friendly forces during LAM SON 719 in April of 1971.
 
The PAPA Company Rangers continued patrolling the DMZ, Khe Sahn area, the Citadel, Rockpile, and the Tri-Border Area until they began stand down procedures on 23 July 1971.
 
All personnel were transferred out of the unit by 5 August 1971.
 
Co. P (RANGER) 75th Infantry was officially deactivated on 31 August 1971.
 
 
 
The concept for this documentary came about in 2008, when the members of Papa Company planned their semi-annual reunion in Niagra Falls, New York.
 
P Company Ranger Garry Norton introduced Vietnam Vet and documentary filmaker Guy Anhorn to past presidents of the 75th Ranger Association, Terry B Roderick and Duke Dushane, both P Company vets. 
 
Duke is also a member of the Ranger Hall of Fame.  This project could not have been completed without the help, cooperation and insite of these dedicated leaders in the Army Ranger community.
 
A short video preview with Papa Company's Vietnam images was distributed as an introduction. 
 
Next, video interviews were conducted in New York, followed by additional interviews in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Rhode Island.  
 
 
 
 
Contact was also made with the Vietnamese refugee community in Philadelphia and New Jersey followed by supporting video interviews with former South Vietnamese political officials in exile. One being a former Provincial Official in Quang Tri, the home base of Papa Company. 
 
Research at the National Archives in Washington DC found original Army war film of the Rangers in 1969 and 1970.  This was supplemented by the personal photo collections of former Papa Company veterans. 
 
                                                             
 
 
 
 
 
Click on the link below to see a short preview:
 
 
  
 
To purchase this latest war documentary:
 
Painted Warriors - Papa Company Rangers on the DMZ
 
Another documentary from Guy Anhorn, producer of A Paratrooper Story - Benning to Bastogne
   
  
 
 
First comments about this NEW documentary - released April 2010:
  • Thank you for your great work on the P Company documentary - Garry, Coatesville PA
  • All I can say for now is THANK YOU !!! You have done us a great favor and we are very grateful to you. Richard 
  • I received the video monday in the mail. Thank you so much, I stayed up late to watch it and was very impressed with the work you did. In my opinion you did "P" Co a great service and a wonderful tribute to all the men who served in "P" Co 75th Rangers. Again thank you for your time and effort.  I would be interested in some copies for family members. Rick, Winona, MN
  • Very good job. I want to thank you so very much for doing it. Tom, Laurens, SC
  • I watched the dvd day before yesterday and want to thank you and the powers that be for making it. I feel I'm fortunate to be included in such an honest and down to earth account of our life back then. It is so informative on so many levels. I talked to my son today and told him about it and I'll send him a copy. Thank you again. Jim, Peoria, IL
  • I’m watching the video tonight.  I’m at part 7 now and you have done us a wonderful service.  From what I’ve seen so far, it’s just EXCELLENT. It’s tastefully done and honors our service and that of those we lost.  In addition, it is a video history of our company that includes many of the characters and guys that we can all recognize from our time frame.  I’m anxious to watch the rest of it, but I’m enjoying it. He has done a wonderful thing for us all.  RLTW.  Terry, Coco Beach, FL
  • I think you are "underpriced" for this dvd !   It should be $59.95. Tom, Los Osos, CA
  • Very well done ! "Great Job. " Would like to order more, when will this be on Show Time ? Duke, Ellerslie, GA