Gerber MARK II

John Plaster’s private purchased Gerber MARK II fighting knife. The item was factory marked Gerber on one side of the blade and serial numbered 014333 on the reverse that identifies it as 1969 manufacture. The knife has a grey handle, sharpening scratches to the blade and has the matching brown leather sheath. John wore the knife on his load bearing equipment’s web belt (LBE).

John Plaster served three tours in Vietnam with Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG), Command and Control Central (CCC), Recon Company, assigned to Recon Teams:  Illinois, Washington, California and Hawaii before he transferred to the CCC Launch Site Office and as a Covey Rider.

Staff Sergeant (E-6) Plaster processed out of the Army in December 1971 after five years’ service with thirty-six months in Vietnam. He later received a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota while serving with different US Army Reserve components. John received a federal direct commission and retired in 1992 with the rank of Major (O-4).

Photos are of John Plaster after he returned from a successful mission, second is Recon Hawaii’s indigenous personnel named Hmoi hamming it up for the camera with John’s Gerber in his teeth and the final  is John Plaster holding his Gerber MARK II in April 2009.