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Chris Danforth on Navy SEAL Tactical Denim in Vietnam

When stalking the jungles of Vietnam, many of the elite US Navy SEALs didn’t sport their standard issue camo, but rather opted for Levi’s 501 and 505 denim jeans instead. We’re talking with Chris Danforth, a writer and researcher who investigated this story and spoke to some of the SEALs who wore jeans on their night raids for its utility on the battlefield. Hear all about how they customized their kit and avoided leeches in their urethras and more on this episode.

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Lead image courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress