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I recently picked up about 280 original 8x10 photos taken by USMC combat photographers during operations in Vietnam in 1966 (I've posted a bunch of them here: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=77064 ).

 

Several of them show Marines with writing on their helmet covers and some show variations from what we'd "expect" in the way of Vietnam era Marine helmet covers.

 

First though the helmet graffiti. Most of these images are enlargements of small sections of the photographs.

 

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As for covers: well this one appears to be a WWII-vintage camo cover with mosquito net (usually cut off or tucked up inside the helmet):

 

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And this appears to be solid "brown" cover:

 

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And this Marine has opted for a net:

 

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Here's some real leafy camo:

 

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I've seen this done in some old WWII photos - using the cover flaps as to cover the neck:

 

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While not a helmet, this one stuck out among these photos: a boonie. I was surprised when I enlarged it to find it was a photographer, and - I suspect - a civilian press photographer (these photographs, though, were all taken by Marines).

 

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As for covers: well this one appears to be a WWII-vintage camo cover with mosquito net (usually cut off or tucked up inside the helmet):

 

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And this appears to be solid "brown" cover:

 

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And this Marine has opted for a net:

 

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Thanks for posting these photos, quite interesting. When you said "brown", did you mean the solid olive drab ones? Brown ones would be a first for me and if it's OD then that would disprove the rumor that they never existed.

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Thanks for posting these photos, quite interesting. When you said "brown", did you mean the solid olive drab ones? Brown ones would be a first for me and if it's OD then that would disprove the rumor that they never existed.

 

You are right it probably is the OD, but in a thread about this at http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=32419 someone did say he'd used a reversible that was "brown" on one side, and of course sometimes what is officially called OD, came out looking more like brown. Here's one such example from that thread link:

 

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Thanks for posting these photos, quite interesting. When you said "brown", did you mean the solid olive drab ones? Brown ones would be a first for me and if it's OD then that would disprove the rumor that they never existed.

 

 

As I posted in the thread Forum Support linked to, theres pictures of Marines landing in Da Nang in 1965 that are wearing solid OD covers.

 

As for the "brown" cover in the picture, I doubt its actually brown. Lots of stuff turned brown in VN after being outside and in the dirt for a while. Even camouflauge mitchell covers got so dirty and faded that they could look like one solid color (brown). The one in the pic does look like it started out a solid color though.

 

And in the linked thread it appears El Bibliotecario is reffering to the micthell covers with green/brown camouflauge sides. Not solid green and brown sides.

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And in the linked thread it appears El Bibliotecario is reffering to the micthell covers with green/brown camouflauge sides. Not solid green and brown sides.

 

Thanks for the clarification. Throughout those 280 1966 Vietnam combat photos there are numerous instances where it looks like someone is wearing the solid cover.


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Thanks for posting these pics. I find it fascinating to see all the various thoughts that these Marines decided to express in writing on their covers.

 

The two I find most interesting are the Marines facing the Commandant and the one that seems like you are looking down on the top of the helmet: it says SUE on it, but if you look carefully you can also see where is says DOC. That is a Navy Corpsman with a wounded Marine beside him:

 

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The wounded Marine has writing on his helmet cover and it looks like it says POET:

 

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