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Vietnam War71 of 731966 U.S. Army Armored Vehicle Personnel HelmetU.S. Navy Petty Officer D Day Helmet
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Posted 4 years ago

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This U.S. Army helmet is a piece of art. The Mitchell helmet cover has the original graffiti that was inked on in the late 1960s. The 1967 dated cover features the Rat Fink character grasping an enemy Viet Cong, as well as other graphics. The Rat Fink was originally drawn by artist Ed Roth. The elastic cammo band holds a picture of a Vietnamese bar girl, and has the soldiers name written on it. The helmet was picked up at an estate sale, and family members always remembered the picture being with the helmet. A super nice Vietnam era helmet.

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  1. straightleg straightleg, 4 years ago
    I'd like to meet the guy that wore it.Hope he got home OK.
  2. Picking-and-Collecting Picking-and-Collecting, 4 years ago
    Wow! Awesome on so many levels.
  3. derrick, 3 years ago
    i love this helmet and wish it was for sale. and i agree with straightleg hope he got home okay.
  4. Britt, 3 years ago
    I have strong doubts about whether this helmet is genuine. It has artwork that appears to be directly ripped off from helmets that I display on my website. Notice that I said "appears". I could be mistaken, of course. But all three images shown on the helmet are unique images that I have created, and that I have never, up until now, seen on an original helmet cover. And I do this for a living. Britt Taylor Collins, military artist
  5. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Interesting
    http://bootsonthegroundart.com/warart.html
    Site for Britts designs
  6. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Britt I don't see any of the images on your website . Ok guys now I wonder so what is it :-) Curious now . I can barely make out one image what is the photo that looks like it has ears AR are you there ????
  7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    The Ratfink looks hand drawn and original to my eyes after relooking . Love the helmet as a Nam Nurse I was involved in this war so I have interest in it . Took care of many wounded men and saw much during hose years at VA hospital . I say God Bless the Troops whatever war and whatever they had to do to survive an art makes sense to me . A Nam solider at Hospital gave me the nickname I still use today all these years later . I remember those guys well with fondness
  8. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 3 years ago
    Britt, I don't see anything that resembles the artwork on the helmet on your website. Where is it exactly? I got the helmet at an estate sale about 10 years ago. The cover is dated 1967, as well as the liner. The woman said her brother served in Viet Nam from 1968 to 1969. The helmet was put in a duffel bag after he returned to the states and stayed there. The family forgot it was there and when the vets father passed away they cleaned out the house and found the duffelbag in the attic. The sister commented on the photo of the girl, recalling it was on the helmet as the helmet sat in a closet for a while before being packed away. When her brother moved out of the house he did not take the bag. She asked if he wanted his souvenirs and he said no. I was also able to get a few North Vietnamese items that he had brought back with him, such as a pith helmet, belt and buckle, and a flag.
  9. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 3 years ago
    sounds like britt is trying to drum up some business on your dime - and prob copying your pics from your helmet as his work
  10. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 3 years ago
    britt only thing you created is from finding this hat and copy the art work on to your own ----------------- busted - shame on you britt
  11. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    I stand with you Van ! This looks like a hand drawn photo on helmet I vote 100% authentic to Nam . I did see guys do these things it helped them relieve stress and drawing on helmet was not unusual as they didn't walk around with a pad and paper or a copying machine. Love my Nam Guys and this is important piece of history .You go Vansk your right on :-)
  12. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 3 years ago
    Thanks vanskyock24, and a special thanks to Manikin and others on CW who served our country. By the way, everything on the cover was done by hand in black ink.
  13. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks Stepback I think your helmet is great . I sure did not go on front lines I was in VA hospital during Nam and lost alot of friends then . It was a time time for these guys and they deserve the credit they so long have been overlooked .
    Thanks for sharing you have a treasure
    Marty (my name given to be during Nam by a solider )
  14. officialfuel officialfuel, 3 years ago
    Thank you Manikin(Marty) for your service!
  15. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 3 years ago
    right on ar8
  16. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Here is official site of Roth to use any of his images you need permission and right on AR 8 ! How about Looney tunes rights infringed on at Britts site ? Good question AR
    http://www.ratfink.com/rat-fink-licensing.php
  17. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    I'm going to make a stand on this one! I believe that is truely a Vietnam era helmet, and was drawn by it owner at the time. Thanks Stepback for sharing this GREAT piece of our history. And a special Thanks to Manikin(Marty) for your service to all in need and welcome home.

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