I just got the Steel Pot in today…… Its scuffed a bit has a few dents and a stress crack in the back.
The liner looks at one time to have been painted infantry blue. Its blue underneath the green and there is another 83 div sticker on the blue
coating.. You can see the outline above the visible decal. Could have been an OCS liner at one time. I was in OCS and we had to paint our liners infantry blue
and a lot of johnsons paste wax.
The other decal is 11 infantry thanks to help from patches and some other great folks on here for identifying it for me.
The name Capt Sardis is written on the headband - looks to be old ball point pen.
A LT Col Sardis was killed april 18th 1964 54 years and one day before this helmet arrived at my house.
I don't know if it was Samuel W Sardis Helmet at one point? He was a paratrooper but I am guessing that as a captain he held a non jumping slot for a short time or that he had a field helmet and a helmet for garrison and other times that he wore when not jumping or in the field?
Just a guess of course. But it seems period correct for the late 50's.
The plane crash in 1964 occurred just outside Wilmington Ohio.
I purchased it from a guy who lives in Wilmington.
Its got the 83rd decal.. 11 inf decal and the chin strap hardware on the pot is painted green.
Its a westinghouse micarta liner.
The number on the Pot as best as I can make out is either an I47 or a 147.
I have no idea of the meaning of these numbers???
Im leaning towards this being at one time the steel pot and liner of then Captain Samuel. W. Sardis.
He was a Lt Colonel when he died at 43 on April 18th 1964.
He was in ww2 having enlisted in 1943 Bronze Star Medal recipient on his grave marker.
Thanks to member AZNATION for looking up his info. Apparently he was with the 508th parachute Infantry his whole career.
He was a reservist in special forces when he died with 16 others 54 years ago yesterday.
What do you folks think. Its all conjecture of course… But is the steel pot and the liner and its markings all time period correct for the mid to late 1950's?
And is it possible a Captain had a jump helmet and a garrison helmet?
The whole thing although a bit scuffed and dinged here and there has an overall look of being an officers helmet.. Its neat and tidy and squared away looking like a Captains steel Pot should look. Know what I mean? They always look StracK or strac how ever you spell it. This looks like a Captain would have worn it.
Edited by rooster77, Today, 10:34 AM.