We are now a transportation unit!  8th Group, 512 Transportation Company.  With the completion of our Gun Truck “Business As Usual” and the modification of several of the teams personal military vehicles we now have enough equipment to field a representation of a convoy in Vietnam.  Visit this link to see more on the truck. When you couple this with the UH-1H we also crew we have now developed a truly kick-ass living history presentation.  The big thing now is we need more members!

It takes a minimum of 4 to crew the chopper.  I would be good to have at least six troops on the deck!  We need 4 to crew the gun truck, three to crew the escort jeep, two to crew the cargo truck.  Do you see where I am going with this?  We need recruits!  Dedicated people to display all this equipment!

Are you interested in presenting an accurate portrayal of Vietnam history?  Do you like working with military trucks, jeeps and helicopters?  Then this is the place to be!  Contact me, David Brubaker at

The Kansas Museum of Military History

A United States Army Certified Military Museum

A not for profit Institution

135 South Highway 77
Augusta, Kansas 67010


The purpose of this unit is to portray the military personnel of the Vietnam War to the benefit and promotion of the Kansas Museum of Military History.  Members of this group are made up of volunteers and museum members.  Anybody interested in participating and is willing to commit tp supporting historical accuracy are welcome.  To honor the veterans, our authenticity in uniforms and equipment standards will be of the highest standard both in the field and in the barracks. These standards are not meant to deter prospective members, but to outline the expectations that we have of our membership. Only by creating and maintaining such high standards in uniform, equipment, and attitude can we respectfully represent the veterans of this conflict.

This mission is accomplished by organizing displays of personnel, equipment and presenting lifestyle and history of the military in Vietnam. We have focused on one unit, but incorporate members presenting information about the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Our team can be found out with the public, at Veteran’s events, parades and other public venues promoting the interests and missions of the Kansas Museum of Military History.  By setting up our encampment and inviting the public to experience and explore we hope to educate them about what it was like for the troops.

We are part of  the Kansas Museum of Military History, not a separate entity, with members of the museum board of directors participating with the group.  Helping with the presentation of th museum’s Vietnam era UH-1H Helicopter, tail number 65-9700 and the increadibly accurate reproduction of a Vietnam convoy gun truck named “Business As Usual”.

The Last Patrol is accepting recruits.  Be sure to check the unit bylaws and reference information to get an idea of what it takes to become a trooper for The Last Patrol!

Do not forget to check the recent post to see what the unit has been up to lately.

44 responses to “

  1. Ed Kennedy

    VFW 6401 is conducting it’s annual “Salute to Veterans” on 10 May in Bonner Springs. I am in-charge of the Vietnam War displays. I just found your site and am interested in having your group come. The VFW will provide lunch and there will be other periods represented. Vehicle displays and presentations to the public will be given several times during the day. I can send photos from last year’s event if you are interested. Your group looks pretty good and we’re trying to avoid any groups that do not accurately portray the Army of the war-period (the ‘Apocalypse Now’ guys with “drive-on” rags on their heads are not what we want). If you’re interested, please let me know.
    Thanks, Ed

  2. Last week a group of fellow reenactors, living historians, and military historians (some are all-the-same) put up displays to raise funds for a veterans memorial in Leavenworth.

    I put out a Vietnam display, a substantial amount of gear my father brought home and stuff I was issued in 1971. I’ve resorted to now buying stuff I didn’t have as well.

    If you send an email address, I’ll send photos of displays. Warning: they ‘eat’ up mass quantities of electronic space! I’ll send a couple at a time so I don’t take all your email space at once.

    Regards, Ed

  3. Rory

    There’s some guys that do a Special Forces camp at the Reclaiming our Heritage Event. The units I know of are the 1st Hounds, 16th Medical Detachment, 5th Special Forces, and Vietnam Living History.

  4. Excellent site! Im very interested in this type of stuff, I have a very small Nam collection, but its growing! Helmet, jacket, pants, belt, suspenders. Next are the pouches! Your site is great to use as a guide, keep it up!

  5. Nice truck guys! Im lovin the m60 on it, thing looks beautiful! Must have been alot of hard work, but with that result, its definitley worth it!

    • m151dave

      Thank you. We put a lot of work into it over about a year. We worked a couple of days a week on it. Hard part was coming up with the funds to buy the two .50 cals! I taught myself to weld as part of this. We read a lot of books and did research like crazy. The best reward is getting good reviews from folks, the old gun trucks crews like it also, that is a big plus for us and our efforts to be accurate!

  6. tim mcphillips

    I have a fully functional an-prc 25 field radio with 8 dry batteries,2 long lasting batteries,1082 attenuator,tape and fishing pole antennas,backpack,external speaker with handset for office use,headset with boom mike for helicopter/tank use,and field handset.


    $500.00 firm

  7. Tory Clemons

    Fellow Re-enactors and Collectors, I will be looking to purchase a Long arm for Vietnam Living History Events, ie a M16 A1, M1A (M14). I have a very large group of Original WW2 German Items I would be willing to consider for Trade, or to cut down on the Cost $$ of a Period Vietnam War Era long arm. Please Contact me if Interested. Thanks
    Sergeant Tory “Critter” Clemons
    Clay Center, Kansas

  8. Doc Watson

    I’m part of the Last Patrol of Pinellis County Florida and have been for 20 years. We preform all over the US.from Delaware and back. What is your lastpatrol about? we are all viet Nam combat men in our last patrol.
    I would like to hear from you guys …DOC

    • m151dave

      We do Vietnam living history displays. We also do a small reenactment skit for a veteran’s reunion, that is how we got our start. The Patrol is also involved with a military history museum here, The Kansas Museum of Military History in Augusta Kansas. WE helped the museum build a convoy gun truck, and we staff many of the museum’s exhibits at the museum events as well as many off site displays. We crew a UH-1H Huey, the gun truck, my personal M151 as well as other members M35, M37 and M38 vehicles. We just started restoring an OH58 Kiowa for the museum. We do not shoot blanks, preferring to allow the crowd to mix in with us and our equipment. There are several facebook sites if you have facebook account. Search Kansas Gun Truck and also The Last Patrol, plus the .org site we are using to communicate now. Do you have a web page or anything

    • Bob Coleman

      Would like to get in touch with a local “Last Patrol” unit in the North Fla. area To see about an appearence at a proposed Veteran function.

      • m151dave

        The Last Patrol from this web site is based out of central Kansas. I am not aware of who might be available in your area. If you goodle Vietnam reenactors or Vietnam living history you can find groups by region.

  9. Lenore S.

    I am contacting you for a former Vietnam veteran Larry Johnson, Sr. He would like to be contacted to purchase Vietnam uniform out in our New York, New Jersey, Connecticut area. I can be reached at the email above. for contact where to purchase online or in our Tri-State area. Thanking you in advance.

  10. What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist other users like its aided me. Good job.

  11. 18. Hello there, You’ve done a great job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this site.

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  14. John

    I’m really lookin’ forward to gettin’involved with ya’lls grp there.. we’re setting in motion the sale of 2 houses here( I hope!) and will be moving to the Witchita area. If this all happens the way I hope, I won’t have to sell the M35 and will bring it with us , but ain’t gonna drive that, and the 37…will have them hauled! Question? Do ya know of a good and honest realtor down that way? Best, johnny

  15. tom mercer

    would like to get involved in this program

  16. Carl Hockett

    Just discovered your pages. Thanks for keeping the history alive. As a 21-month veteran of the 1st Cavalry Division, Airmobile (1/5), 3/69-1/71, your pages bring back memories and resurrect details long forgotten (I’ve been looking for rucksack straps for a very long time, but never could quite recall exactly what they were from… we used them to strap down our pant legs above the calf/below the knee. They’re just generally handy straps to have and I’ve never found any suitable substitute). My dad lives in Larned, KS, so I may just have to make an excursion to Augusta next time I make it back there.

    • m151dave

      Thank you for the good words! You will like the museum if you can visit. I am no longer in Kansas, Boeing saw fit to transfer me to Oklahoma City. But the Patrol is alive and well and they guys are all there. If you can arrange a visit let me know at and I will be sure that the Patrol members know you are coming.

      If you are on facebook, search for the Kansas Museum of Military History and also Kansas guntruck…..I am sure you will enjoy the pictures on the truck build.

  17. I couldn’t believe when I ran across this site. I saw you are looking to crew a huey just requisitioned, and I would like to be a part of that. Thanks.

  18. Thanks for reusing my material from The Vietnam Database it is good to see that it is still useful to re-enactors. If you need any extra information or anecdotes to the photos and I tell you what I remember.
    Regards, G Sherwood.

    • m151dave

      Thank you for allowing me to keep it in circulation. I was really happy that you responded to my request to use the material! You will be happy to know that this site is accessed from every country in the world! And that is no exaggeration. I receive notes from new reenactors all the time who are accessing the data so they can get it right.

      • I was going through my in-box when I noticed this entry. I too am a Vietnam Vet. Where are the “re-enactments” held at? Thanks.

      • m151dave

        The Last Patrol is based out of the Kansas Museum of Military History in Augusta, Ks. We usually display in concert with museum activities. We also set up camp at the Veteran’s reunion at El Dorado lake every July.

  19. Johnd558

    Heya im for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful &amp it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me. ecckabbkefkc

    • m151dave

      John, thank you for the kind words. Helping out is what this site is all about! Best of luck with your uniform and gear!

  20. Gregory Mitchell

    Your gun truck literally passed me 2 minutes ago in the Mulbane parade today. You have a Huey? You need recruits? Hmmm. I happen to be an A&P mechanic. I’m also a full time reservist at McConnell. I’m a KC-135 Crewchief.

    Can I help crew your Huey?

    • m151dave

      The museum and Patrol are always looking for help! Please contact Bob Wilson at I am sorry to say that I am no longer in Wichita and not able to get to the museum in Augusta near as often as I want. Bob is one of the directors at the museum and can give you the download on everything!

      Thank you so much for reaching out!

  21. Jonathan marsh

    How old do u have to be to join i am 16

    • m151dave

      Sixteen is OK. You need to be in the Wichita area or nearby and able to get yourself to the museum and events. You will be expected to assemble a proper uniform as well. Let me know if you are interested!

  22. Bob Sanders

    are you able to procure the od jungle fatigues of the 60s-70s?
    size medium regular
    Thank you


    Dave,are you still doing this?
    Since you have a helo, would you need/want Pathfinder support? If so, I would like to talk to you more about that. As a 16 year total Pathfinder, this interests me greatly.
    You can contact me at the email address I had to provide in order to post.
    Thank you,

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