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Even back in ‘Nam, the beloved poncho liner was a favorite among troops — or at least among one.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck

Service members love their poncho liners, or woobies. And who’s to blame them? That silky sheet of fabric is probably the only piece of military paraphernalia all veterans hold on to as a keepsake from their military careers, unlike glow belts. Which we all hate.

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Mat Best, president of Article 15 Clothing and star of the upcoming “for veterans, by veterans” zombie apocalypse spoof Range 15, has written a smooth R&B; love song about a piece of standard-issue field gear. What camouflaged, inanimate object could be worthy of such a heartfelt ode? Only the silkiest, smoothest, most lovable piece of material to ever grace the battlefield.

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