At zero two hundred on the morning of June 6th 1944, Ensign Lawrence Karnowski slipped into the dark frigid waters of the North Atlantic. His small band of men had no wetsuits. Each man carried simply a knife and about 50 pounds of explosives heading into battle. They were embarking on one of the most dangerous and important missions of World War II. Ensign Karnowski and his men were members of the Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDU’s), the forefathers of the modern day Navy SEAL teams. While their role in the Normandy invasion remains relatively unknown, they were a small but critical piece of an epic battle that has been lionized in celluloid and popular culture.
There’s a common saying in the Corps: “Nothing is Marine-proof.” A determined lance corporal with enough time on his hands and limited supervision could find a way to break a ball bearing. Which makes Marines the perfect testers for new “rugged” gear, and explains why the Marine Corps seems so confident that it’s new pack frame is built to last — at least, until Marines get bored, and their SNCO walks away for a smoke break.
The Punisher himself carries a GORUCK GR1, so you automatically know that there has to be something uniquely badass about this brand. The all-American, all-weather, all-climate GORUCK bags are fiercely loved by so many military members — especially those within the Special Forces community — and have been lauded by The Washington Post, Men’s Health, The New York Post, and The U.S. Army. But when I tested out the GORUCK GR1 and GR2 for Task & Purpose, I found that the bags aren’t just made for the Rambos and Frank Castles of the world — they’re bags for everyone, and can be used anytime, anywhere due to the bags’ sleek and minimalist style, comfort, durability, and practicality.