From World War II to the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army worked with cartoonist and graphic artist Will Eisner on several publications in an effort to help them to be more easily understood by Soldiers. On top of designing several posters and using his artistic skills in the Army’s PS Magazine, which is still in distribution even today, Will Eisner helped to create a publication for the Army to distribute to Soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War to help them take care of their M16A1 rifle.
DA Pam 750-30 dated 1 July 1969 (supersedes DA Pam 750-30, dated 28 June 1968 in case you were wondering) is titled “The M16A1 – Operation and Preventative Maintenance“. The pamphlet is chock full of information on the M16A1 and covers everything from breaking down the M16A1 to correcting malfunctions and routine maintenance, but it presents the information in a slightly suggestive manner. The pamphlet also uses several characters which would have been familiar to the Soldiers such as MSG Halfmast who was often seen in the Army’s PS Magazine and is still in the Army’s PS Magazine today.
Times have changed and this is not the style of pamphlet that the Army or any branch of the U.S. Military will likely be distributing anytime soon, but it is fun to read and will probably bring back some memories from the older Vets who may have been handed this pamphlet because as the cover says “Hey Sarge, Get this copy to the man with the rifle!”
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