The iconic boots of the 2nd Raider battalion during WWII was the logger type boots made by the Theodore Bergmann of the Theodore Bergmann Shoe Manufacturing Company. These boots used the slogan “The most powerful shoe in America.”. These boots were thick soled, heavy leather logging boots that did very well at stomping through underbrush. These boots became the status symbol, along with their Gung Ho bowie blades, of their elite and fearsome way of life.
These boots lasted throughout 1942, and into 1943 where the unit was disbanded right after bougainville. Many shots on Bougainville still show some Raider boots in use.
Ben Carson of 2nd Raiders, Company D (later E) said:
“As our feet toughened to the daily pounding of the marches, there was discussion throughout the battalion that the G.I. boondocker shoes did not fill the bill for many Raiders’ feet. Soon, we were marching in boots made in Oregon for use by loggers. These were comfortable, but much heavier than boondockers, and much harder to dry out after fording a creek.”
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