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#1 Wake1941

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:26 PM

Just picked this nice set up, Looks like it has a painted anchor with an engineer castle on the shell. The liner also appears to have the anchor mark, but has remnants of a 76th ID decal. Anyone ever seen this anchor marking before?

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:26 PM

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:26 PM

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:27 PM

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:27 PM

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:27 PM

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:27 PM

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:28 PM

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 02:41 PM

Possibly Navy, though I haven't seen the anchors painted on the side yet. There's a good thread on them here: http://www.usmilitar...anchor-circles/

 

Another possibility is French, they also painted anchors on their helmets. wondering if your helmet was a recycle, looks like it's been repainted before the Lt Col markings were added.

 

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 02:43 PM

Pat, good possibility with the 76th on the liner. The shell has the engineer castle in the anchor though. Didnt think the navy would use the engineer insignia

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 02:48 PM

Mystery indeed, only way to be sure is to try and research the serial number. Can't see well but I think the anchors and serial number are painted with the same yellow paint.

 

Still a nice helmet!

 

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 02:52 PM

Thanks any good way to research officer numbers? I've only had luck finding enlisted men with their serial numbers 



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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:05 PM

Ok looks like I solved the mystery of the 76th decal, I found his full name. Richard Lassell Shaw looks like he enlisted in 1935 and served through ww2. And then was active duty in the reserves in the 76th ID. He retired a Colonel. Still would be interested to know the significance of the Anchors. Looks like he served in both theaters as well. 



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Posted 12 January 2019 - 10:13 PM

Nice set.

 

The name on medical tape is a nice touch.Have a couple myself.Thanks for posting



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Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:35 AM

The 1st Engineer Bn insignia includes an anchor.  I've seen a couple of helmets with their insignia, but it's a little different than this one.  They were one of the units tasked with clearing beach obstacles during the Sicily and Normandy invasions, so it's possible that this is from a unit with similar responsibilities.



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Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:51 AM

Thanks makes sense

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:20 AM

He was in 1554 Engineer Heavy Pontoon Battalion. Served in N Africa and Italy.

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:00 AM

Was sent to Philippines after Europe. May be the reason it looks like the shell is repainted. cant completely tell by the pictures.

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:04 AM

He also served in the reserves after the war which I guess could have been when he repainted it. Theres only a thin layer of paint, look like it could be easily removed but Im not going to mess with it

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:33 AM

Ya I wouldn't mess with it either. Its clear what it is under that paint.



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Posted 14 January 2019 - 07:29 AM

Maybe the anchor is Rhode Island related, the 76th was a training division in the reserves, it had  elemts in Connecticut,  but I think that the 76th Training Division had elemts in Rhode Island?

 

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