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Iwo Jima Helmet?

Started by Steindaddie , May 26 2011 07:52 PM

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#1 Steindaddie

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 07:52 PM

This helmet walked in the door today courtesy of the vets family. Apparently this Marine pilot landed the first plane on Iwo and then flew missions as an artillery spotter with VMO-4. The man died in the 1950's so this M-1 has been gathering dust quite awhile. Here's the info; and I have learned it all from you helmey pros!: Helmet is stamped "252C", fixed bales, split seam. Helmet came with what I believe is a blood chit(?)

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 07:53 PM

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 07:56 PM

IMP 2 liner. Nape strap W-199-QM 33320 v Large. Sweat band is an N.W.C.

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 07:56 PM

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 07:57 PM

Lt. Olson himself

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 08:02 PM

Again, Lt. Olson in a photo from his family. He died in a helicopter crash in 1957. His family says he wore the helmet while flying over Iwo and on the ground. That does make sense - they were still shooting. Seem like a good helmet to you guys?

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 11:01 PM

I like it!
Is there any other paperwork/personal effects still with the family? If there was, it sure would be nice to keep it with the helmet...
regards,
pat

ps-original vmo-4 patch below...

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 01:06 AM

Will,

That's a great find :thumbsup: I agree with Pat, it would be nice to keep everything together if the family have more of Lt Olson's effects. Great story behind the helmet.

Rich

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 05:27 AM

You gotta love a helmet with some history, great pickup!

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 05:41 AM

Now that is one fine lid :thumbsup: Hopefully you get the more of his history to keep together!

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 06:08 AM

thats a helmet with provenence, you know where it's been and who wore it at IWO JIMA

directly from the veteran's family

a real nice piece, congratulations

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 07:55 AM

Wow!...doesnt get much better than that!!.. :thumbsup: ...mike

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 09:22 AM

Yes, a great artifact of Iwo Jima! Congrats on this grand helmet and history!

Cheers,

Mike

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 11:16 AM

Thats an Outstanding Piece of History you have got there from Iwo Jima
and Identified to a Lt. Officer you don't get much better than that Well Done :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 05:54 PM

I like it!
Is there any other paperwork/personal effects still with the family? If there was, it sure would be nice to keep it with the helmet...
regards,
pat

ps-original vmo-4 patch below...

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Pat: There were a few more news clippings and photos as well as what has been posted. Nice patch you have there! In the original photo of Olson by his plane, the white ball behind him on the fuselage is identifiable as the insignia of VMO-4 (Can't see it on the scan, dang)

Glad the helmet is met with approval by all! - Thanks, gents.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 03:29 PM

Fine helmet with great provenance. Get all you can to support it and keep the grouping together . . . but if you nothing more at all, don't be disappointed in the least :thumbsup:

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Paul


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