Original U.S. WWII USMC Named Vietnam War 3rd MAF M1 Helmet Reversible Camouflage Cover
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 stainless steel rim. These rims were both rust resistant and had non-magnetic qualities that reduced the chance of error readings when placed around certain sensitive equipment (such as a compass).
This helmet is a fine example and still retains all of its original Vietnam War parts and the shell has the original textured OD Green painted finish. The interior of the shell is marked with heat lot number I - 6233, indicating Vietnam era manufacture. Shell chin strap is retained by clips, and is the correct color for the period.
The helmet cover has markings written on the exterior, which indicate it was owned by a member of the III MAF, or 3rd Marine Amphibious Force, which participated in the Vietnam War. This unit was involved in the conflict May 1965 – April 1971, operating from Quang Tri, Thua Thien, Quang Nam, Quang Tin, and Quang Ngai. III MAF deployed to Camp Courtney, Okinawa in April 1971. The interior of the helmet cover under the front flap is marked V A Loyd / 9268, and the rear is marked with a double Chevron over L. That would indicate this helmet was used by Corporal V.A. Lloyd while in the III MAF.
The liner is correct high pressure 1970s issue liner, marked M 11 on the crown. The the rigging is intact and in great shape, with original markings visible, indicating manufacture on 27 OCT 72. There are also markings on the sweat band, and just a bit of cracking on the sweat band leather. The helmet liner does not have the extra rear liner support sometimes seen, and the liner chin strap is unfortunately missing.
The shell chin strap is original, and the USMC cover is original and in very good condition. It has some stains and small holes around the edge, but is definitely solid, with the expected wear from use. It is marked on the underside of one of the flaps with the contract information:
COVER, HELMET CAMOUFLAGE
CONTRACT NO. 9005
These helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine Named Vietnam War issue ones from the USMC. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!
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