*The apogee of "Here I am, shoot me" occurred in 1965, when we got into Vietnam in a big way. The standard Army work and combat uniform, which was called "fatigues," was dark green, which invariably faded to the color of new leaves. In itself, it was OK, but the Army insisted on decorating the uniform like a Christmas tree. Above the right breast pocket was a black and white tape with your last name, in case you forgot who you were. Above the left breast pocket was "U.S. Army" in black and gold, so you wouldn't think you were a Marine. On your sleeves were big gold chevrons, if you were an NCO, and on your collar, if you were an officer, were your branch insignia and rank, in gold or white metal. This was so the NVA would know who to shoot first.