Posted 8 years ago
This helmet was the standard M-1 hemet used during the Vietnam war. This particular helmet was made for airborne troops, and the inner liner snaps into the steel shell to prevent the liner and shell from being seperated during a jump. The helmet cover is the Mitchell pattern and is original to the helmet. The cover has quite a bit of faded soldier grafitti on it. Some examples are Arkansas, God is My Jumpmaster, 82nd Airborne, and marks in which each mark denotes a jump from an airplane, most being from a C 130 plane. The soldier's jump wings, or parachutist badge is pinned on the elastic camouflage band that was meant to hold foliage while in the field. More often the band held bandages, lighters,small, plastic, insect repellant bottles, and gun oil bottles. Whatever you needed it to hold it did.