I have a gas mask that my grandfather brought back from WW1. On the back of the sack the mask is carried in, he wrote his name and info. GySgt Noyes V Moore 96th Co. 6th Marines. It is in his hand writing. He was promoted to GySgt June 1, 1919. I am thinking he wrote his name on it when they knew they were heading home soon.
My question is - how, if possible, can I find out if this gas mask is the one he wore on the night of June 13/14, 1918 at Belleau Wood with the 96th Company? Noyes and about 150 others of the 96th were gassed and soon were off to the hospital. His service records do not indicate a gas mask being supplied, just wondering how masks were given out, what became of the ones that were used, is it possible they were re-used?