Marine Issued Rain Hat – anyone have pictures with this rain hat?

Here is a picture of me wearing a Marine issue rain hat when I was on a Med Cruise with India 3/2 in 1959. I believe we were on Sardinia.

Cpl (2 stripes) Patrick Arata

 

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44 thoughts on “Marine Issued Rain Hat – anyone have pictures with this rain hat?”

  1. I seen some of these being worn by Air Farce personnel while transiting DaNang AFB RVN in ’66-67 and ’69-70. I thought our bush hats were better because you could roll them up and stick anywhere while wearing a steel pot. Plus, you didn’t look like a rhinestone cowboy while wearing it. Semper Fi!!

    1. Hey MSgt Edd Still have my camo “Bush Cover (Hat)”Mailed it home ,among other items,before I left. Great Reply! Bill 0331 E- 2/1 68-69

      1. The ones I was issued while one active duty literally fell apart on my head. I had to buy a new which I wear every day. It’s just not as salty looking as those from Nam. I was with 2/26 in ’66-67 and FLC in ’69-70.

        1. Edd, what company were you with? I went with Fox 2/26 in Apr 67 for three weeks in the mountains. Murray 1371

          1. Murray – I was with H&S Comm and left early in ’67. We were mostly west of DaNang in elephant valley, while the line companies were all over the place. – Edd

  2. Cpl. Port. Phu Bia.
    June, 66 to July 67
    Was At Phu Bia Truck Platoon< Flossy 2, when on guard duty in monsoon season of 66 got a GI issue rain hat it lasted about 20 minutes! Later on while "clearing the beach" at Hue LCU landing point , Called Hue Beach. Bought a straw hat made by the locals from a street vendor, the next time it rained that one lasted 8 minuted longer!!

    1. I to did a med cruise in 1978 with 2/6 H&S Co. was also on Sardinia never saw anything like that anytime in the Corp. We had sea rats and I drove a jeep.
      L/Corp J. Cox

  3. A rain hat worn with the sides bent up makes a perfect trough to pour rain water into your face and down the back of your neck. Besides it makes you look like a dorky country singer!

  4. My cousin, Army Capt. Tom Nichols, KIA ’68 had given me one. Didn’t like it. Too stiff, and no way for it ever to become salty! I actually believe it was USAF issue. Semper Fi! Sgt. (E-5) Ken Paynter ’61-’68

  5. Never saw any Rain Hats in Korea. We used Ponchos and helmets over our Fatigue Covers during rain.
    Great Picture. Where is your Guitar……….??

  6. I don’t remember how I obtained it but I came up with a rain hat similar to the one in the picture except the brim could be snapped up to the sides of the crown. I also came up with a pair of rubber hip boots. Both worked great in the mud and rain at Camp Evans during the monsoon season…… Cpl Bob Mauney 1381 RVN 1966/1967.

  7. I served with 2nd Med Bn from 10-68 till 5-69 and had one of those rain hats. Kinda rubbery and the seam had a tape like substance holding the brim to the head piece. After two times in the rain, the hat at the seams came apart. I must admit the box we found them in was packed in the 1950’s.
    Sgt Greg Smith

  8. In nam we didn’t even have ‘boonie hats’, just our helmets. Do any of you remember those stupid sleeping bags made of paper? Am I just going crazy and thinking of a bad dream I had? Once unrolled it was impossible to roll them up again. Just wondering.

  9. Actually the hat would not be too bad if his head was smaller.
    Sorta a cross between the Marine Corp and the Outlaw Josey Wales.
    I never saw one:
    JAP Callahan 1/8
    Island of Cypress 1964
    Dominican Republic 1965
    3rd Mar Div 1965 / 1967

    1. That’s hilarious John, but I’m not sure you’re saying his cover was too small or he had a big head. By the looks of him I’d stand back about six feet if it was the latter. All in good fun, Semper Fi to both of you and to all of us, “SAY IT LOUD AND SAY IT PROUD! IF THEY DON’T LIKE IT, TELL THEM ‘I AM….AND YOU NEVER WILL BE’.” G. Willard

  10. I bought an “Aussie-style” hat from a Vietnamese vendor on our camp south of Danang which worked pretty well as a rain hat. The brim was wider than the one pictured and it could be snapped up on one side. The brim was wide enough that the rain would run down on my poncho rather than down my neck.

  11. FRIEND OR MARINE GET A LIFE. WHO THE ” F’ CARES ABOUT RAIN HATS.
    JOHN WAYNE YOU SURE AIN’T. ALL WE CARED ABOUT WAS GOING HOME IN ONE PIECE. NEXT YOU WILL SHOW US YOUR UMBRELLA.
    JUST GO AWAY.

  12. Ok Brendan, your telling these combat 0311’s to shut the “f” up while your hiding under the wing of a C130 in the rain on the tarmac. Give us a brake. Jim Haight BLT 1/3 VN 67

    1. Careful Jim, the winger has spoken. LOL. But wasn’t that growl those jets let out when they came in low and unloaded hellfire a beautiful sound? Crazy tough bunch!!! I thank God for jet and chopper crews, big SEMPER FI to them. Thanks for saving my bacon and the Medevac out under devastating ground fire!!!!

    2. JIM IF YOU KNOW HOW TO READ AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU READ THEN YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT SOME WANTABEE BERT RYNOLDS TYPE IS SHOWING OFF HIS HAT. YOU GOT A HAT JIM??? THEN STICK IT WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE.
      I HAVE BEEN SHOT AT AND ROCKETED NUMERIOUS TIMES. HAD SHAPNAL GO RIGHT THE MIDDLE OF BUNK ONCE. AS YOU MAY FIGURE OUT I WAS NOT IN IT AT THE TIME BUT WAS IN THE BUNKER OUTSIDE.
      SO GRUNT GO OFF AND GRUNT AT SOMEONE ELSE. SEE IF YOU CAN FIND YOUR COWBOY HAT.
      ADD FOR THE REST OF YOU FOLKS MARINES THE JETS, C130s I helped FIX AND LOAD BOMBS AND BURN JUICE ONE SURE MAY HAVE SAVED YOURS OR A BUDDDY’S ASS SO YOU CAN KISS MINE.
      YOUR FRIENDLY IRISH MARINE.

      1. Brendan, thanks for the ass kicker. Your right, and there is no disrespect intended for you or any other Marine. I can see your point and should have thought it out . Thank you and all who did many many hours to keep those life saving birds flying, under tough conditions. I leave it at that. Thanks

      2. STILL NO WAY TO TALK TO A BROTHER MARINE MC CARRON! YOU’RE JUST MEAN-SPIRITED AND YOU’VE GOT MORE MOUTH THAN ASS ON THE INTERNET SLICK. YOU’RE A BAD WRAP FOR OUR COURAGEOUS, DEDICATED “WINGERS”. RANT ALL YOU WANT NOW; ALONG WITH 2 OTHER “CONTRIBUTORS” TO SGT. GRIT, THE SECOND I SEE YOUR HANDLE I’LL BLOW BY IT WITHOUT A READ.

        YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I, JIM HAIGHT. SEMPER FI!!!

        1. You are just as much a dick as he is Willard your arrogance shines through every time you post what a hypocrite! get off that high horse and get over yourself! Nick 0311/8531

          1. Hey Nick . good response! The “2 Other Contributors ” that Willard is referring to, I don’t know if anyone has noticed but, the Wanabes and posers have left The Grit. Mission Accomplished.

          2. Better to be the best part of a man than the other. LOL. You might want to look up “hypocrite”, because you’re not even close.
            Get over what?? 0311, 8651, 8511, NCOIC,…., made the E-6 list in 4 off the Drill Field (P.I. 3rdBn, in ’72), 8 combat decorations with 2 purple hearts, and like a lot of Marines saw more action than just Vietnam. I’ll not apologize for any of it, especially Recon and Drill Instructor with multiple Meritorious Commendations. Let’s see, the MOS 8531 is Pvt. E-2 to Sgt. E-5 (only) billet as a marksmanship instructor-no TIG required, and some of you, respectfully not all, THOUGHT you were one of us cause you wore the Campaign Cover. You weren’t and never will be!!!!!

        2. HI WILLARD DID I HURT YOUR FEELINGS/ IF YES GOOD.
          ALONG WITH ALL YOUR OTHER ACCOMPLISMENTS LISTED IN YOUR RESPONSE YOU FORGOT “HEAD ASS KISSER TO MAD MIKE.”
          WILLARD LIFE IS SHORT SO GET OVER IT.
          SEMPER FI. MARINE.
          YOUR FRIENDLY IRISHMAN. CPL. MC CARRON.

          1. Not at all. Losers usually react with that line.
            You’re right, life is short McCarron. So you lay on your fat ass while the rest of us reach for the brass ring and do the right thing. You post your MOS’s, but you’re not bragging?? You and Paul really do resent what many of us have done, so your only defense is we’re ass kissers, we’re bragging, get over it. Get over what? You could’ve done the same thing. So why didn’t YOU? Sorry about the Purple Heart thing Paul. My outfit never said I wouldn’t be allowed back if I took another hit.
            Rant on, do you no good. I’m 10-7 so you two may as well go 10-3.
            And, pog mo thoin!!!

          2. sir willard, you are aware of the Navy/Marine Corps rule of 3rd Purple Heart and you left the country right? I would have been forced to leave. I stayed!!!

  13. I was on that same Med Cruise ! I was in H&S 106s! Did you know Henry Maffett? He was in India Co
    too,I think! I never got a “rain hat” like that! My rain hat was my steel pot! Semper Fi!

  14. Ok, found my VN rain hat . Don’t know if it was issued or acquired. It has an Eagle Globe and an Anchor. Inside is stenciled—- Rubber Fabrication Inc. —Gantsvill W. Va.——DA-36-243.QM(CTM) 4872-C-60 Size 7 – is the best I can make out.

    1. Hey Jim. After reading your comment, I got mine down off the shelf to see if the tag was still readable. This is what it reads. HAT,CAMOUFLAGE (TROPICAL COMBAT) TYPE II SIZE 6 7/8 Can’t make out the small print Harry 1371

      1. P.S It must have shrunk or… It is way to small for my skull!! BTW I was issued this one I can remember getting it at supply at Camp Love Harry 1371

  15. I was a 1341 eng eqp mech assigned to VMFA 115 @ DaNang oct 65 – oct 66. The irishman is blunt but correct. The tow tractors under my care were half in Japan and half with me. I had to deadline one before I found the problem. Mine was the ONLY tow tractor( big ugly hough out of Illinois) on the flightline. All the units used them and followed my instructions. It works well. My regret was not getting the name of the Gunny next door and the name of the Sgt. that replaced me. He arrived the day I left with my seabag. The conversation went something like ‘that’s my bunk and the books and the clothes are now yours. I spent my 24the and 25 birthday at DaNang. Semper Fi/nunc et semper.

  16. To “sir willard ” I think you just helped Nick make his point!! Good job! P.S. The instructors I remember wore pith helmets. I am going to step out of character and just say that I turned down my 3rd and 4th Purple Hearts to stay with my unit. You really DO need to get over yourself and, I’m sure I’m not alone when I say it. STOP BRAGGING!!! Paul 0311

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