cover, M1 combat helmet
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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

cover, M1 combat helmet

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 25049

ACCESSION DATE

11/03/1989

ITEM SUMMARY

Military issue, M1 combat helmet cover. Handwritten inscriptions upon both reversible surfaces of the helmet cover range from allusions to enemy forces (e.g. "SPADE IS FOR DEATH TO THE V.C" & "FIND CHARLIE AND FIGHT LIKE HELL"), to references to the American socio-political environment (e.g. "1/2 THE WAY WITH LBJ", "THERE IS A BIGGER WAR IN THE STATES", & "FLOWER POWER WILL NOT STOP CHARLIE"), to American pop cultural references (e.g. "MARY POPPINS IS A HIPPIE", "GREENWICH VILLAGE", "DISNEYLAND", & "SUNSET STRIP"), to the perspective of the ordinary enlisted service member (e.g. "I AM A MEDIC IF YOU ARE WOUNDED AND SEE ME COMING SHOOT YOURSELF", "* General Fuck-up", & "Officers Suck"). The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between September - November 1989.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

MILITARY ISSUE, M1 COMBAT HELMET COVER. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF AN M1 COMBAT HELMET COVER COMPRISED OF COTTON CANVAS FABRIC PRINTED WITH A REVERSIBLE, MITCHELL CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN. THE OBJECT IS DOME-SHAPED WITH SIX (6) FABRIC EXTENSIONS PROTRUDING FROM THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE FABRIC DOME FOR THE PURPOSE OF AFFIXING THE HELMET COVER TO THE STEEL POT HELMET SHELL. THE CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN AT THE EXTERIOR SURFACE OF THE HELMET COVER IS GREEN COLORED SPRING/SUMMER FOLIAGE, WHILE THE PATTERN AT THE INTERIOR SURFACE OF THE HELMET COVER IS KHAKI COLORED FALL/WINTER FOLIAGE. BOTH THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR SURFACES OF THE HELMET COVER EVINCE HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTIONS IN BLACK, GREEN, & RED MARKER/BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THESE INSCRIPTIONS RANGE FROM ALLUSIONS TO ENEMY FORCES (E.G. "SPADE IS FOR DEATH TO THE V.C" & "FIND CHARLIE AND FIGHT LIKE HELL"), TO REFERENCES TO THE AMERICAN SOCIO-POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT (E.G. "1/2 THE WAY WITH LBJ", "THERE IS A BIGGER WAR IN THE STATES", & "FLOWER POWER WILL NOT STOP CHARLIE"), TO AMERICAN POP CULTURAL REFERENCES (E.G. "MARY POPPINS IS A HIPPIE", "GREENWICH VILLAGE", "DISNEYLAND", & "SUNSET STRIP"), TO THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE ORDINARY ENLISTED SERVICE MEMBER (E.G. "I AM A MEDIC IF YOU ARE WOUNDED AND SEE ME COMING SHOOT YOURSELF", "* GENERAL FUCK-UP", & "OFFICERS SUCK").

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00068

RECORD COPONENT QTY

1

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the handwritten inscriptions upon both surfaces of the helmet cover is transcribed in full, as follows: [Interior, khaki colored surface, handwritten inscriptions] "FLOWER POWER WILL NOT STOP CHARLIE / Dimond [sic] is for money not enough!! / Don't Fight Tonight Call Riot Delight / Joe 68 / I'd RATHER BE AN A 3/C THAN A LIFFER [sic] / POST NO BILLS (Bill WHO) / HART [sic] IS FOR LOVE, NONE HERE / MARY POPPINS IS A HIPPIE / WHEN I DIE LAY ME FACE DOWN SO THE WORLD CAN KISS MY ASS / PLEASE MR. CUSTER / BE NICE G.I. / H.C.M. S___S / EAR ? / SPADE IS FOR DEATH TO THE V.C. / WOP POWER / 1/2 THE WAY WITH LBJ / FIND CHARLIE AND FIGHT LIKE HELL / Club Is For Luck Where is Mine / THERE IS A BIGGER WAR IN THE STATES / The Last Time I Saw Combat Vic Morrow Got Shot / I AM A MEDIC IF YOU ARE WOUNDED AND SEE ME COMING SHOOT YOURSELF / DO NOT FOLD SPINDEL [sic] OR MUTILATE / X MARKS THE SPOT X SOFT SPOT DO NOT TOUCH / MONTZ [beneath a hand-drawn graphic of a U.S. Air Force enlisted rank insignia- Airman First Class (A1C)]" / [Exterior, green colored surface, handwritten inscriptions] "GO NAKED / GREENWICH VILLAGE / Fuck Super "C" / * General Fuck-up / Officers Suck" / DISNEYLAND / BULLET HOLE ? / SUNSET STRIP / MARY POPPINS SUCKS DICKS"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 100.0g
Item Length: 40.6cm
Item Width: 48.3cm
Item Depth: 0.6cm (Thickness)