Granted it is probably sexist for anyone - female or male - to be promoting military equipment in a swimsuit. That said this is an interesting mystery, “Introducing Miss Hostile Mortar Locating Equipment – Miss KQP-1 to her friends – she aims to please!”
The photo was found tucked away in a folder describing the U.S. Army-Marine Corps Steering Group requirements for hostile mortar locating equipment for use in South Vietnam.
Miss Hostile Mortar
According to the report, during World War II and Korea “hostile mortars caused a greater percentage of casualties that any other weapon employed by the enemy.” This system would target the hostile mortars before or shortly after they began firing. Unfortunately, after field testing in Vietnam the system proved unsatisfactory. Despite Miss KQP-1’s best efforts, the project was recommended for termination in December of 1966.”
The folder makes no mention of the woman. Anyone recognize this bombshell beauty?
RG 544 US Army Materiel Command HQ, R & D Cntrl File 68; Box 1 Folder 12
The U.S. National Archives runs a blog and this is a post from there. They provide a comment section should a grand child, cousin or old friend be able to provide some background on the bathing beauty and how she came to promote some mortar detection equipment.