Original Vietnam Graffiti Helmets
Posted 03 June 2010 - 10:40 AM
Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:09 PM
Posted 12 June 2010 - 03:17 PM
"On the HO-CHI-MIN helmet cover writing is that we heard so much about this that I just put it on the cover. On November 4th we were hit with a mortar attack that killed our commander Major Wratten. At the time we had no bunkers or shelters against this and for a while we did not know what the sounds were. I ended up under a duece and a half right under the gas tank. Once I saw were I was I crawled in a culvert and stayed there. It happened about midnight. After that for the next week I wore my flak jacket when I went to bed.We also built bunkers the next day. We had other mortar attacks but never had any more injuries. That was the extent of my combat in Viet-Nam."
Posted 14 June 2010 - 07:42 AM
Posted 30 June 2010 - 11:08 PM
more info here http://www.usmilitar...mp;#entry584823
Posted 01 July 2010 - 03:57 AM
Posted 06 July 2010 - 06:40 PM
Posted 18 July 2010 - 03:19 PM
What do you guys think?
Posted 18 July 2010 - 03:43 PM
I saw pics of this one when Russ had it. Its good but I dont think you could ever know if it was from VN. Most likely isnt. If I remember correctly, it has something about Penn Relays on the other side 65-69.
Posted 18 July 2010 - 04:22 PM
Penn Relays 65-69
2 Mile Relays
4 " "
I think it would be possible that he was in VN in 70-72 if he actually raced in 65-69. Why would he write "Days to go", as if he really wanted to go to home.
Just my thought.
Edited by Mercenary25, 18 July 2010 - 04:23 PM.
Posted 18 July 2010 - 04:26 PM
Posted 18 July 2010 - 04:45 PM
Why would he write "Days to go", as if he really wanted to go to home.
There was people all over the world who REALLY wanted to go home. And tons of people in the states finishing up military commitments who REALLY wanted to get the hell out. Lots of soldiers at that time, draftees especially, wanted nothing to do with the military any more. Guys in Germany, Korea, etc., could be just as excited about going home or getting out of the military as a guy in VN was. And lots and lots of guys in VN had to finish up time in the military in the states.
Its possible it was in VN but I really dont see anything specifically pointing to it.
Posted 18 July 2010 - 04:46 PM
Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:11 AM
Note how Vietnam is spelled
"VIETNAM OR BUST" "WHY ME" "NOT GOING" "AWOL"
"PUDDIN IN 71" "PUDDIN" "CALIF SIMI" "LIFER" And symbols/letters I cant read
Besides the whole "NAM AIRBORNE 101 82" thing, theres a peace sign under that and on one side of the cover "LOVE" and PEACE" and on the other "HATE" and "WAR" written lightly in pen. Also theres what appear to be a name. "JAMES B???". If someone can read it please PM me.
Edited by DiGilio, 19 July 2010 - 09:22 AM.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 02:28 PM
Here is what I have been able to make out:
III M.A.F. - 3rd Marine Amphibious Force
F.L.S.U 2 - Force Logistic Support Unit #2
Ones I haven't yet figured out:
F.L.G. - Force Logistic Group??
Edited by Joe Kravets, 19 July 2010 - 02:35 PM.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 05:45 PM
You can see the wear from this guy wearing the cover over the chinstraps (or at least the metal clips for them).
Some of the writing on this cover is faded so badly its very hard to see and illegible.
Posted 31 July 2010 - 08:08 PM
Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:13 AM
Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:16 AM
Sweetheart's name. My favorite first name for a lady... my sister's and my grand-mother's. (Catherine and Ekaterina)
Edited by Andrei, 01 August 2010 - 07:17 AM.
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