US Fiber “Pith” Helmet

The American fiber helmet was first adopted by the United States military in 1934. Though primarily used by Marines, they also saw use with all other branches of the Unites States military during the Second World War, mostly in tropical environments. Fiber helmets can be seen in use from The Battle of Bataan in 1941 all the way to the Battle of Okinawa,1945. The US military also continued to use fiber helmets until the early Vietnam War and can even be seen in use today by military rifle range cadres.

Fiber helmets are also commonly referred to as Pith Helmets, Sun Helmets and Tropical Helmets.