Vietnamese Pith Helmet


In 1972 during the Vietnam War, Bill Begert flew close air support as an O-2A Forward Air Controller while stationed at Da Nang AB, South Vietnam. He received the helmet as a souvenir when, during one of his missions, a North Vietnamese Army, Russian-made T-54 tank was captured. The helmet belonged to the tank driver and is decorated under the brim with pinprick art. The outside of the helmet is signed with a thank you message from the men who captured the tank. In 1990, General William J. Begert donated the helmet to the Air Mobility Command Museum.

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Era: Cold War, Vietnam War
Personal Equipment & Helmets: Tropical Helmet
Special Collection: Foreign
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Not on display

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Every artifact in the Air Mobility Command Museum, including this one, is part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program. We are not able to loan or sell artifacts in the museum's collection.

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