Flip flops are not typically something that I give a lot of thought to. I usually get myself the cheapest pair I can find, and when they wear out (3 months or less) I toss them and repeat. My thought process behind flip-flops has changed, and it all happened by chance.

I had a Ranger buddy visiting me and he wanted to go visit 2nd Ranger Battalion. We were both shocked at all the changes that 2nd Battalion had undergone since we left the Army. All new buildings to include: barracks, work-bays, athletic facilities, and memorials. The memorials were profound for me. It’s not that we didn’t care when I was in Battalion, we were in the middle of the conflict, and there just wasn’t the time necessary to give something like that the attention that it deserved. They did an excellent job.

After we finished exploring, we decided to go visit the S5 shop. Basically, this is where you get: sweaters, hats, coins, posters, books, kids clothes, and anything even remotely associated with 2nd Ranger Battalion. Like kids in a candy store we bought everything, almost everything.  When we were leaving, the NCO that had been running the shop told us to go check out Tactical Tailor’s re-opening. 

Ranger Creed
The Pointe du Hoc Foundation Memorial

Anyone who has been in the Military, (in WA State) knows what, and where Tactical Tailor is. If you can dream up a piece of gear, or a modification to that gear, they can create it. It has grown from the little sew shop that I used to frequent when I was still in the Army. Nowadays, they are not only creating innovative designs, but they have every gun accessory you could ever need. So heeding the NCO’s advice, we headed to Tactical Tailor.

When we weren’t able to park within three blocks of Tactical Tailor we realized that this might be a cooler event than the NCO had led on. Behind their main building there was a series of canopies set up what amounted to an open-air bazar. There was a beer garden, loud music, girls in bikinis, and anything/everything a barrel chested-freedom fighter could want. We began working our way through the various merchants, eventually finding the combat flip-flops shop.

Ranger Memorial
The Pointe du Hoc Foundation Memorial

What initially drew us over was a green shirt with an orange <2> in the middle. The universal symbol of 2nd Ranger Battalion (worn by the 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalions during WWII). It basically amounted to a bat-light. The small shop had: sarong, shemagh, hats, small bags, flip-flops, and some metal accessories (bracelets, coin wrap). As I walked around, the man running the shop came over and introduced himself as Griff. He worked through the products with me, and told me the company’s story.

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