Haven’t posted anything in a while, so I thought I would share this one. This helmet came out of an estate auction last month in Tallahassee FL. (I'm trying to get the auction Co. to put me in contact with the family for further research).
I know of two other US WWII helmets marked with these same markings; Large painted yellow anchor on the front and darker orange/gold large circles painted on the sides, which I believe are the Vesicant chemical detection paint that turns to this color with age. This is a fixed loop helmet, heat stamp 304B, late 1942.
Sorry for the glare in the pictures but the lighting in here with the fact that the shell has been lacquered inside and out at some time in its history. I would think at someone’s attempt to preserve the markings?
The liner’s fit and wear matches up with the shell and is a Type 5 Inland liner, with the snap in suspension and double wire buckle headband. The liner (because I'm sure is US Navy, has a LCMDR rank decal applied to the front and a piece of friction tape with the name "Doyle" painted on the tape. When looking at the name under magnification you can clearly see it is paint and not a sharpie.
I would love to identify this unit and Doyle if possible, but right now at least the unit. The auction house had this helmet described as a "WWII D Day Fixed bail Navy Beach Group M1 Helmet"?? But no proof or background to go with that description.
Thanks in advance
Edited by USMC-RECON0321, 20 July 2013 - 06:47 PM.