Vietnam Vet Is Confused About Gift From Son, Then Sees His Name Written In Helmet

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Beaverton, Oregon, resident Zane Raddue knew that his Vietnam veteran father hadn’t seen his war helmet in over 40 years. But all that was about to change with one lucky sighting.

When Zane was browsing Facebook one day, he stumbled upon a Vietnam-era helmet with a familiar name faintly written on the inside

The name happened to be his father’s. Zane wanted to surprise his dad by giving him the helmet as a gift in March 2015.

With the help of a close friend, Zane was able to get the helmet all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, from the U.K., back to its original owner — who was more than surprised to see it so many years later.

As you can see in the video below, when Zane tells his dad to check out the inside, he doesn’t quite understand why Zane is asking him to look so closely.

“You’re kidding?!” he yells when he finally sees his faded name written on the helmet.

“An army buddy of mine does Vietnam reenactment,” Zane says. “He’s on the Facebook page and someone in the U.K. posted this.”

“Last time I saw this was in Nam,” his father replies, utterly amazed to be reunited with his army helmet. He, of, course, has to test it out, and it certainly still fits!

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