Lensatic Compass

Lynne Black’s issued compass that was manufactured by Original Wilkie. The veteran attached a white cord that would secure to a button and carried in his left breast pocket. The foreign based company lend credence to plausible deniability of US reconnaissance teams performing cross border operations in politically denied areas.

Lynne M. Black Jr. served two tours in Vietnam. He served his first tour in 1965 – 1966 with the 173rd Airborne Division. His second tour was in 1968 with  Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MAC V SOG), Forward Operational Base #1 (FOB#1), Recon Company assigned to Recon Teams Alabama and Idaho.

Staff Sergeant (E-6) Black processed out of the Army in July 1970 after six years’ service with thirty-seven months in Vietnam.