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#1 warpath

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 04:28 AM

Documented USS North Carolina (BB-55) M1 Helmet

 

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#2 MattS

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 04:56 AM

Sure looks like it's seen salty air. What's the documentation?



#3 phantomfixer

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 05:41 AM

was this one of the helmets found on the NC? or was that another BB?



#4 ParanormalTrooper

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 07:46 AM

Looks like a very nice helmet!

 

Looking forward to hearing more about its history.



#5 stealthytyler

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:28 AM

What is the best way to preserve a helmet like this that is rusty? Will the rust continue to grow? Or will it only grow when in a moist environment? 



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Posted 25 May 2017 - 09:03 AM

What is the best way to preserve a helmet like this that is rusty? Will the rust continue to grow? Or will it only grow when in a moist environment? 


As long as it isn't exposed to anymore moisture it should be fine, humidity could be a problem but unless you're storing it in a dark and damp basement it shouldn't rust anymore​.

#7 stealthytyler

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 09:10 AM

As long as it isn't exposed to anymore moisture it should be fine, humidity could be a problem but unless you're storing it in a dark and damp basement it shouldn't rust anymore​.

 

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#8 warpath

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:37 AM


 What's the documentation?

 

Stop by my store sometime and I can provide the details. Ed



#9 MattS

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:59 AM

I haven't been to Fayetteville since I left Bragg in 94, but if I get down there I will stop in! 



#10 milcollector

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 10:50 AM

Nice looking helmet with early liner.

I thought Navy helmets were gray.

Were the helmets also left green when used on the ships.

Or was this for someone who went ashore?

David



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 04:43 AM

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Some of the helmets on board the USS North Carolina include several colors and even camo style paint.

 



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Posted 18 June 2017 - 11:48 AM

WOW.......................I do not remember seeing these on board.Are these helmets in an off limits area on the USS North Carolina?



#13 hink441

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 03:37 PM

I have one of those yellow helmets, or a very similar one. Mine has a hole in it. Nice to see where it might have been used.

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#14 USARV72

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 04:33 PM

The North Carolina used to have compartments full of good WWII gear. One can draw their own conclusions of what happened to it. BTW, it very haunted, ask a Boy Scout that spent the night on her in the 60's.

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 03:59 AM

Was that WW2 gear stored or displayed?Also,were you a Boy Scout who spent the night aboard?Would like to hear about the ghosts.



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Posted 20 June 2017 - 04:27 AM

Gear was misstored in un climate controlled compartments, lots and lots of it. Seems the management over the years simply ignored the value and importance of what was rotting away below deck. Display are is limited onboard, however selling off the excess would have raised much needed cash to maintain her. Sold them some items for the ships store back in the early 90's, asked about the gear stored below, they down right indignant when the subject came up. Since then re enactors have been onboard, and there used to be a regular group that portrayed the ships crew for special events. Ed most likely knows the current situation or someone else on the forum?
Pmed you re: the "haints"

#17 warpath

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 12:42 PM

WOW.......................I do not remember seeing these on board.Are these helmets in an off limits area on the USS North Carolina?

 

These helmets were stored in an area not open to the public. There are quite a few on board most of which have Hawley liners.



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Posted 23 June 2017 - 11:27 AM

beautiful helmet, i like these rusty ones.

#19 warpath

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 09:53 AM

I'll put this one up for sale or trade soon. It is a documented BB-55 helmet from the ship's Landing Force section. Ed

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:01 AM

Nice looking helmet with early liner.
I thought Navy helmets were gray.
Were the helmets also left green when used on the ships.
Or was this for someone who went ashore?
David

. Navy helmets were issued to the ships as they cameboff the assembly line. Standard OD green just like everyone else. They got painted by Local Control. Meaning that if someone in authority wanted them painted, they got painted. Usually done as busy work or as extra duty punishment. Generally, no one bothered until they got really rusty or beat up.


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