Vietnam Era M1 Helmet with Mitchell Reversible Cover
Item #: WR653
This is a US Vietnam era M1 helmet and liner. The helmet has a visible heat stamp of 1219A, a late WWII McCord manufactured shell. This one has multiple coats of paint, but the exterior is the darker WWII shade of green. The inside also shows multiple coats of paint. The exterior has a light sand texture applied to it. The helmet shell has a couple of very small dents. The ream seam stainless steel band around the rim retains all of the original paint. The chin strap bails are swivel. There is white residue across the front of the shell, looks like this one had duct tape put on the front and back of the helmet. Reminds me of what we had on our steel pots going through basic training. The chin straps are missing from this helmet. The liner is from the post WWII era, but is a Westinghouse. The liner still has the original coat of paint on the exterior, the interior is unpainted. The liner is complete, to include the nape strap. The suspension cloth is cotton and correct for the Vietnam period. The sweatband is complete and shows staining from wear. The DSA stamp dates this one to 1967. The nape strap is from 1968 and the Mitchell reversible cover is from Contract number 8027, dating it to late 1964 early 1965. Everything about this helmet is in very good condition, even the elastic camo cove band. This is an example of an M1 combat helmet from Vietnam era and saw service all the way into the 1980's, when it was replaced by the Kevlar helmet.
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