From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Artifact assemblage consisting of one (1) pair military issue, third (3rd) pattern OG-107 tropical combat boots, also referred to as "jungle boots" with an affixed, expired State of Oklahoma driver's license issued to the presumed owner/donor [?], "BURKE, WILLIAM J." The OG-107 tropical combat boot, or "jungle boot", is one (1) of seven (7) basic patterns of boots issued to American military personnel by the U.S. Government during the Vietnam War. Five (5) basic styles of jungle boots were produced and issued in Vietnam, starting with the "Okinawa boot" and proceeding through the first (1st), second (2nd) and third (3rd) pattern (in both Swiss Vibram and Panama sole). The tread pattern of the sole eventually shifted from a Swiss Vibram to a Panama during the course of the war, as the latter was designed to more easily release mud and debris. Simultaneously, an integral steel spike protection (a metal protective plate added to the boot sole) was integrated into the footbed to protect the wearer from Punji stake booby traps laid by irregular Viet Cong forces. The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by William J. Burke between August - October 2007. (Source(s): Moore Militaria- www.mooremilitaria.com/combat-boots.html / Soldier Systems- www.soldiersystems.net/2013/09/03/an-abbreviated-history-of-the-jungle-boot/)
ASSEMBLAGE CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) ONE (1) PAIR MILITARY ISSUE, THIRD (3RD) PATTERN OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT BOOTS, ALSO REFERRED TO AS "JUNGLE BOOTS" AND COMPONENT (B) EXPIRED STATE OF OKLAHOMA DRIVER'S LICENSE. COMPONENT (A) ONE (1) PAIR (LEFT & RIGHT) MILITARY ISSUE, THIRD (3RD) PATTERN OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT BOOTS, ALSO REFERRED TO AS "JUNGLE BOOTS", SIZE 10R. THE BOOTS ARE COMPRISED OF OD GREEN CANVAS UPPERS, CANVAS BACKSTAY AND TOP BANDS, TWO (2) INCH-WIDE NYLON ANKLE REINFORCING BANDS, BLACK LEATHER LOWERS, SWISS VIBRAM DIRECT MOLDED SOLES (DMS) WITH INTEGRAL STEEL SPIKE PROTECTION, BRASS DRAINAGE EYELETS, NINE (9) GROMMET LACING, AND BROWN WOVEN FABRIC BOOT LACES. STAMPED IN BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE EXTERIOR CANVAS SURFACE OF THE OBJECT RIGHT BOOT TONGUE IS THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S INFORMATION, "SPIKE PROTECTIVE". THE OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT BOOT, OR "JUNGLE BOOT", IS ONE (1) OF SEVEN (7) BASIC PATTERNS OF BOOTS ISSUED TO AMERICAN MILITARY PERSONNEL BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. IN 1965, THE RO-SEARCH (WELLCO) COMPANY WAS AWARDED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WITH THE FIRST (1ST) JUNGLE BOOT CONTRACT, PRODUCING UP TO FIVE THOUSAND (5,000) PAIRS PER DAY. RO-SEARCH (WELLCO) SUBSEQUENTLY LICENSED THE DIRECT MOLDED SOLE (DMS) TECHNOLOGY TO ELEVEN (11) OTHER FIRMS WHICH EVENTUALLY BEGAN PRODUCING THE BOOTS AS WELL. FIVE (5) BASIC STYLES OF JUNGLE BOOTS WERE PRODUCED AND ISSUED DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, STARING WITH THE "OKINAWA BOOT" AND PROCEEDING THROUGH THE FIRST (1ST), SECOND (2ND) AND THIRD (3RD) PATTERN (IN BOTH SWISS VIBRAM AND PANAMA SOLE). THE TREAD PATTERN OF THE SOLE EVENTUALLY SHIFTED FROM A SWISS VIBRAM TO A PANAMA DURING THE COURSE OF THE WAR, AS THE LATTER WAS DESIGNED TO MORE EASILY RELEASE MUD AND DEBRIS. SIMULTANEOUSLY, AN INTEGRAL STEEL SPIKE PROTECTION (A METAL PROTECTIVE PLATE ADDED TO THE BOOT SOLE) WAS INTEGRATED INTO THE FOOTBED TO PROTECT THE WEARER FROM PUNJI STAKE BOOBY TRAPS LAID BY IRREGULAR VIET CONG FORCES. (SOURCE(S): MOORE MILITARIA- WWW.MOOREMILITARIA.COM/COMBAT-BOOTS.HTML / SOLDIER SYSTEMS- WWW.SOLDIERSYSTEMS.NET/2013/09/03/AN-ABBREVIATED-HISTORY-OF-THE-JUNGLE-BOOT/) COMPONENT (B) EXPIRED STATE OF OKLAHOMA DRIVER'S LICENSE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF AN EXPIRED STATE OF OKLAHOMA DRIVER'S LICENSE ISSUED TO, "BURKE, WILLIAM J." THE DRIVER'S LICENSE IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE BOOT LACE OF THE OBJECT LEFT BOOT (COMPONENT (A)) VIA A HOLE PUNCHED INTO THE POLY-PLASTIC COMPRISING THE LICENSE AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE.
As a consequence of the Personally Identifying Information (PII) inherent to COMPONENT (B), the printed inscriptions upon the license have not been transcribed and the attendant photograph has been subsequently edited. Text of the stamped inscription upon the exterior surface of the object right boot of COMPONENT (A) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), object right boot, exterior boot tongue surface, stamped inscription] "SPIKE PROTECTIVE"
Item Weight: 1500.0g (Collective weight of COMPONENTS (A & B))
Item Length: 31.1cm
Item Width: 10.8cm
Item Height: 22.9cm