This original rear ream M1 helmet was made by Parish Div. of Dana Corp. They made a small lot of M1 helmets for the U.S. military between 1968 and 1968. The helmet still has the original Vietnam era applied factory paint.
The helmet has been restored to look like it might have been worn by an Airbourne trooper during the Vietnam War. The reproduction Mitchel cover is heavily worn showing sun damage, rust and the general battlefield wear and tear. The cover has nicely molded to the helmet. This was done by boiling the cover then while still hot installing it onto the helmet and letting it dry to the helmet in the hot sun. This was a practice utilized by both Soldiers and Marines during the war. The cover is secured by a neoprene foliage band, which bears the proper Vietnam era stamps.
Several sarcastic messages have been written with a Sharpie onto the cover. This was a pretty common practice among the rank and file. A method of both personalizing one’s kit, but also venting frustration with the situation.
The helmet comes fit with an original Firestone marked liner rigger liner. The sweatband, A yokes, chin cup and neck band are original Vietnam era production.
This is a great looking helmet for a collector, reenactor or anyone interested in the Vietnam war.