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

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. 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 produced without paint was a liability.

The shell of the helmet features a replicated ARVN style camouflage paint with the ARVN Marine Division insignia painted on front which is an “Eagle, Globe and Anchor” with a 5 pointed red star in the center of the globe with the shape of Vietnam painted in the center of the star. The paint is retained nicely as it was done in the past 20 years.

The liner is a correct Vietnam era M1 Liner which is the airborne model, equipped with chinstrap yokes. The airborne A-Yokes for the chincup are intact, with the chincup present (which was routinely removed, as the chincups were rarely worn outside of combat jumps which rarely occurred in Vietnam). The outside of the liner is painted a tan color and the overall condition is good, but does show signs of heavy use and abuse and was more than likely worn by the Vietnamese. There are period repairs and the chincup was tied back together with string.

This is a helmet that appears to have been found in the jungles of Vietnam a significant amount of time after the war. The steel rim appears to have been welded back on in areas and there are signs of heavy oxidation that was removed in order to protect the shell itself.

Comes ready to display.

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