Vietnam War USMC Tropical Helmet -
Tropical weather is hot. The heat and exposure to the sun can wear down the troops. The need to
develop a hat to suit the weather conditions was on. The answer came in the form of a lightweight
The item featured here is a United States Marine Corps helmet. As issued during the US
involvement in the Vietnam war.
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points that should be noted.
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The design of the tropical helmet consisted of a lightweight, cardboard-like, shell with a
circular rim for perimeter. Khaki in color with a green inside. The hat had a few metal grommets
on the side for ventilation purposes.
the suspension consisted of a leather chin strap. This was sufficient due to how little the hat
weighed. A cloth chin strap was secured to the body via the use of riveted posts. Black ink
markings are applied to the inside. The information reads as follows: