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    Posted 6 years ago

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    I'm trying to identify this helmet. Please help. I got this from a storage auction. I'm trying to identify helmets with the same. Medal on it. I can't find it anywhere online.

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    1. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
      Check out North Vietnamese Army (NVA) Helmets. Insignia looks like North Vietnamese Naval units.

    2. Kenja, 6 years ago
      Hi chris,
      I found something similar but not exact like this one. Mine has the blue background I only see red. Any other suggestions? Thanks
    3. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
      Red would be army. Blue with a red anchor would be navy, which is harder to find.

      The North Vietnamese Army and Navy used the same kind of pith helmet, but usually the Navy ones are found in white. I assume that some naval forces would have also worked where green was more appropriate, or perhaps the insignia and helmet were put together by the veteran who brought it back, since the insignia looks sideways.
    4. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
      Either way, I think you have a desirable helmet. I don't personally collect Vietnam era, but there are many who do.
    5. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 6 years ago
      Genuine Vietnam wartime pith helmets did not have labels in the dome, nor were the liners plastic.Original liners were of a green canvas material,and with age curl up and become hard.An original naval pith helmet badge is difficult to find since their navy was small.There are many newer badges on the market claiming to be older. And yes, most naval helmets are painted white.
    6. Kenja, 6 years ago
      Good to know thanks
    7. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the education, stepback!
    8. Trey Trey, 6 years ago
      Welcome to CW:)
    9. Kenja, 6 years ago
      Thank you
    10. just_a_random_guy, 6 years ago

      That's the Navy's pith helmet. The army wouldn't know what to do with an anchor.

      I couldn't find a net example of the helmet, but I remember that insignia real well.

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