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- I believe that only those were authentic "beetleskins": old and very-much-used condoms that popped out at you in public places.p. 162.0
- The fatigues looked authentic, but the boy was clearly not old enough to "serve" and he was hardly in a proper uniform—on his big feet, he wore a scuffed and filthy pair of basketball shoes, "high tops"; and his matted, shoulder-length hair certainly wasn't Army regulation.p. 597.1
- The towering boy carried some authentic-looking Army equipment: an entrenching tool, a machete, a bayonet—although the sheath for the bayonet did not look like Army issue, not to me; it was made of a shiny material in a Day-Glo-green color, and embossed upon it was the traditional skull and crossbones in Day-Glo orange.p. 597.4
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