Wednesday, March 9, 2011
US M1 Helmet Liner, "The Top Porker"
This afternoon I stopped by our local recycled building materials store, "Waste Not Want Not", and what did I spot? A Vietnam era, US M1 helmet liner! The liner was gracing the store "mascot" manequen, that was decorated up as the "Top Porker"........ complete with a palstic pig screwed to the top, some gold fringe, and the title of "Top Porker" written in felt marker on both sides. Not a pretty sight :)
On closer inspection, it appeared that the liner was complete, including the rear neck strap that I am missing from my Vietnam era, M1 helmet and liner. I struck a bargain with the store's owner and left with the liner. A thrift store score!
The only real damage that I could not repair was the hole that had been drilled through the top where the screw ran through to attach the pig. I removed the "Top Porker" lettering off of the sides with a rag soaked in 91% Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol). I realigned the sweatband, and I was left with a nearly perfect liner.
And as a parting shot, here's the "Top Porker" himself, liberated at last!