Posted 10 years ago
This is the standard issue jump helmet used by U.S. airborne troops in the jungles of Vietnam. This is an older style liner which snaps into the steel pot to prevent the helmet from being lost during a jump. What makes this helmet unique is the cover which came from a local veteran. He was a member of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which was a unit of the 82nd Airborne Division. The emblem of the 505th is a winged black panther. When deployed to Vietnam in 1968, the flying panther emblem was drawn on many helmet covers such as this one. At the time, the vet had an artistic friend draw this for him on this cover.