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During The Vietnam War Soldiers Wrote Satirical Slogans On Their Helmets To Express Themselves

In the Vietnam War American troops wore the M1 helmets, the troops called it a “Steel pot”. It felt really uncomfortable when the soldiers put in on their newly shaved head in basic training or boot camp. Soldiers found a way to express themselves by writing slogans and graffiti on their helmets.

These helmets were introduced in 1941, and some GI or Marine scribbled “Kilroy war here” or some other oddball or iron, saying on his helmet. Until the Vietnam War, though. what you most commonly saw on helmets were rank insignia and unit designations. The Vietnam conflict put its own identity stamp on the things that soldiers wrote on their helmets. Initially soldiers wrote their girlfriend’s names, city, state, peace signs and short-timer calendars. As the war prolonged, slogans and other graffiti were changed to hilarious and satirical slogans and many of them were based on the reality.

#1 In God we trust.

In God we trust.

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#2 War is good business, Invest your son!

War is good business, Invest your son!

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#3 War is Hell, I’m Scared. Dam Right!

War is Hell, I'm Scared. Dam Right!

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#4 God Waiks With me.

God Waiks With me.

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#5 I’m not a tourist. I live here.

I'm not a tourist. I live here.

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#6 I lend dignity to Charlie’s death.

I lend dignity to Charlie's death.

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#7 A fag.

A fag.

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#8 Where is Lee Harvy Oswald, Now that we really need him.

Where is Lee Harvy Oswald, Now that we really need him.

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#9 Make love not war, Sexual freedom, Tulsa.

Make love not war, Sexual freedom, Tulsa.

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#10 Gooks, Go home, Born by Accident

Gooks, Go home, Born by Accident

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#11 Cannon Ball

Cannon Ball

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#12 Blood A Positive.

Blood  A Positive.

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#13 Hill 875. The semll of death.

Hill 875. The semll of death.

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#14 Khe Sanh

Khe Sanh

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#15 Death above.

Death above.

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#16 Just you and me, right, Lord ?

Just you and me, right, Lord ?

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#17 Patricia Ann

Patricia Ann

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#18 Bring me back Alive

Bring me back Alive

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#19 Make War not Love

Make War not Love

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#20 Our God

Our God

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#21 War is Hell

War is Hell

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#22 Goodbye Vietnam.

Goodbye Vietnam.

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#23 Road runner, Beep Beep.

Road runner, Beep Beep.

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#24 July 15 1969.

July 15 1969.

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#26 Swierk

Swierk

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#27 I am Jewish.

I am Jewish.

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#28 Peace

Peace

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#29 Hill 875. The smell of Death, Nov 22

Hill 875. The smell of Death, Nov 22

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#30 D.E.A 5685, Can you do this ? Blood type O

D.E.A 5685, Can you do this ? Blood type O

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Written by Benjamin Grayson

Former Bouquet seller now making a go with blogging and graphic designing. I love creating & composing history articles and lists.

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