ERDL pattern camouflage trousers : Lance Corporal T W J Lupton, 1 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment

Place Asia: Vietnam, South Vietnam, Saigon
Accession Number REL31611.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton, Plastic
Maker Unknown
Place made United States of America
Date made c 1966
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

United States Forces ERDL type of Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) trousers. There are no manufacturers markings or tags inside the trousers. There are two pockets on the top of the trousers. The front right belt loop has been partially unstitched from the trousers. Both knees have an extra layer of material on them and there are no pockets down either leg. All buttons on the shirt are olive green plastic.

History / Summary

This particular type of camouflage is known as 'Engineer Research & Development Laboratory (ERDL). It was developed by the US Army during the Vietnam War and introduced into limited service from 1966. There were two different base shade colours, lime and brown. This uniform is of the earlier lime type. The wearer of this uniform was 213548 Lance Corporal Thomas William John Lupton. Born on 28 March 1943, Lupton served in South Vietnam with 13 Platoon, C Company, 1 Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) from 5 June 1965 to 3 June 1966. He later served nine years in the Australian Regular Army. He retired from the Army with the rank of corporal with 2RAR. This early pattern camouflage uniform was obtained by Lupton in Saigon. It was worn in camp at night, but was not worn in action.