Robert “The Barron” Bechtoldt’s private purchased Gerber MARK II fighting knife. The item was factory marked on one side of the blade and serial numbered 004145 on the reverse that identifies it as 1967 manufacture. The knife has a gray handle, sharpening scratches to the blade and the matching brown leather sheath. The Barron wore the knife inverted on his load bearing equipment’s (LBE) H harness.
In February 1969, Robert J. Bechtoldt served with Military Assistance Command Vietnam, Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG), Command and Control South (CCS), Recon Company, assigned to Recon Team Auger and later RT Tape.
Sergeant (E-5) Bechtoldt returned to CONUS and received an early drop after two years, seven months service with twelve months in Vietnam.