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July 26, 2004

Kevlar shorts

Marines here from 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment are trying out a new form of body armour: kevlar shorts.

The one-size-fits-all shorts are worn over a Marine's uniform and are held up with built in suspenders. Each pair of shorts weighs close to 5 pounds. Lance Cpl. Mike C. Suchevich and Pvt. Luis R. Mejia have both tried the shorts a few times.

"The other Marines made fun of me the first I put them on," Mejia said. "I guess they thought it was a joke. They are really funny looking." The shorts have already acquired a few nicknames from the battalion. One Marine referred to them as "lederhosen," and others call them "fishing shorts."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 26, 2004 08:27 AM

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Some old landmines were designed to "unman" their victims. There are a few Vietnam vets who probably wish they'd been around in their time. (It's a vulnerable spot!)

Posted by: Ben at July 27, 2004 09:11 AM