The basic look of the typical Grendier and what he might be wearing. The basic ‘Look’ of a grenadier is exactly like a rifleman accept for a change in weapon and associated equipment for the weapon. This Air Cavalry grenadier below wears the 3rd pattern jungle jacket and trousers. He has been in the field for sometime since much of the color in his uniform has been bleached out by the sun. These jungle uniforms fade very quickly under any amount of sunlight and you get a whole range of shades of green. Which incidently, makes it easy for use collectors. Under his uniform he wears an olive drab t-shirt and neckerchief around his neck. He sports the standard issue M1 helmet with mitchell pattern helmet cover and elastic helmet band.
He wears the M1956 webbing system with suspenders, pistol belt and compass pouch, probably carrying a first aid dressing, and he hangs a flashlight off the left suspender. If you look carefully you will notice that it isn’t Vietnam issue, it has the plastic guards on either side of the switch! He has two varieties of ammo pouches as the far right one is the earlier sort with metal front plate and grometed retention strap. There is no problem with mixing these pouches, troopers would scrounge up what they could, new or old styles, it did not matter as long as it did the job they needed. The second is the later variation without these two features. He carries his 40mm ammunition in 1 bandoleer and 3 universal ammo pouches, which means he is carrying only 15 rounds. Notice he has a quick access round in his helmet band.
This grenadier (below) wears the M1956 webbing with buttpack, canteen and universal ammo pouch just visible. Grenadier’s are one of those roles that are permitted to carry a sidearm. This grenadier carries a Colt 1911 in pistol holster and his ammunition in the .45 case is just visible in front of the holster. Notice his bulging trouser leg pockets, he packs as much as he can carry.
Our last grenadier pictured below (kind of old for PFC, maybe he got busted back?) wears the standard M1956 webbing with buttpack, canteen and pouches. He has M26 grenades attached to the side. He carries his M79 ammunition in the grenade vest. He is also carrying weapons oil (see the dispenser spout on the bottle) on his helmet, held in place with the elastic band. I am not sure about the clear bottle, I always saw green bottles when I was in. Anybody have a comment on this?