Original U.S. WWII Vietnam War M1 Helmet with 1964 Dated USMC 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 had 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 all original corked grain paint.
The liner is correct high pressure 1960s issue liner. The shell chin strap is original, and the USMC cover is original and stamped Cover, Helmet, Camouflage DSA 1-6600-65-C which dates the cover to late 1964 or early 1965. The cover also has lieutenant bars to the front and two women's names on either side that read ELSA and ANGELA.
These helmets have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, especially genuine Vietnam War issue ones from the USMC. Almost certainly to appreciate in value year after year!
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