30 Seconds Out – Green Face T-Shirt

I am a huge military history buff, particularly from World War Two on. As a kid, I read everything I could get my hands on and one of the most iconic images to come out of the Vietnam war was of a camouflaged US Navy SEAL, hiding in some reeds and carrying a Stoner.

Turns out, the photo, taken in My Tho Vietnam in 1968 is of this guy, Tom Keith, seen below wearing 30 Seconds Out’s Green Face T-shirt.

“The rifle I’m holding is a US 30 Cal. carbine that was one of the weapons we captured the day of the ambush. When you enlarge the photo, there is a hole through the for grip where a 5.56 mm went through it and the Viet Cong that was holding it. He was their point man. Photo was taken by a Navy combat photographer in 1968 while on ambush outside of My Tho Vietnam.”
– Tom Keith, USN Ret. Seal Team Two.

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19 Responses to “30 Seconds Out – Green Face T-Shirt”

  1. Hubb says:

    This is badass!

  2. MM says:

    Iconic indeed. Back in 1987, I did a small water colour painting (link below of the scan) of that same image; copied from the Squadron/signal publications book ‘US Elite Forces – Vietnam’.

  3. Strike-Hold says:

    Green Face, Black Flag.

  4. Wake27 says:

    That’s gangster.

  5. JK says:

    Pure awesomeness!

  6. b_rawrd says:

    Top notch war trophy. Back when customs was cool haha

  7. Ray Forest says:

    Cool to have a back story on this iconic photo. Guy looks like he can still turn it on and deal it out when needed too.

  8. Gerard says:

    Wonderful story, he’s an American hero

  9. Dave says:

    I thought of that photo often whilst sucking, at SUT. I know wasn’t the only one, somewhere, at similar training.

  10. Cris says:

    I grew up with this picture.. I have it since I was 13 in an Italian encyclopedia about Special Forces and Elite unit (original title is “Corpi d’Elite” which translates to “Elite Unit”)… what a blast to see the real Man… thanks for sharing!

  11. James says:

    Atacs shared this pic on IG recently, talking about countershading. In the color version his pants are the gold tiger stripe pattern,very cool bit of history.

  12. Papa6 says:

    That is one badass MF right there.

    Nice Boonie too . . . Tigerstripe is still one of my favorites.