Original U.S. Vietnam War M1 Helmet with USMC Reversible Camouflage Cover

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The M1 helmet is a combat helmet that was used by the United States military from World War II until 1985, when it was succeeded by the PASGT helmet. For over forty years, the M1 was standard issue for the U.S. military. The M1 helmet has become an icon of the American military, with its design inspiring other militaries around the world.

Vietnam War era M-1 helmet shells have a set of swivel (movable) chinstrap loops called bales and a manganese steel rim. These rims had non-magnetic qualities that reduced the chance of error readings when placed around certain sensitive equipment (such as a compass). In WWII the shells had Stainless Steel rims, however these would easily lose paint, and the shine the produced without paint was a liability.

This helmet is a fine example and still retains all of its original Vietnam War parts. It does not look to have been repainted, and still has a very nice textured exterior coat. We were not able to locate the heat lot number for this shell.

The liner is correct “high pressure” Vietnam or Korean issue, stamped with a stylized F logo for the FIRESTONE TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY  in Akron, Ohio. It most likely is a Korean War era liner, without the front eyelet hole, but still retaining the suspension with the top tie strap. The rigging is the correct darker OD Green #7, secured by "A" washers. The sweatband is present, but does show some wear. The liner chin strap is the Korean War issue leather style, but it has become quite delicate, and has broken off the right side.

The shell chin strap is original and quite worn, and the USMC cover is original and in good service worn condition. It has some stains and dirt, as well as wear around the edge, with a great service worn look. It is marked on the underside of one of the flaps with the contract information:

8415-261-6833  LOT 03

These helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine Vietnam War issue ones with USMC covers. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!

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