proud to get this helmet today from a fellow collector, helmet was found in SF area in the 70's. But it wasnt until today that it was researched after I brought it home.
I didnt even knew that it will be a marine helmet - although this even surface rust could suggest a long wear of a camo cover that was holding moisture longer.
Hawley liner is matching all rusty spot from the shell - so it is a set. Original sweatband and liner strap was at some point replaced - I took the sweatband that helmet came to me off for pictures as it was in almost mint condition and it wasnt even locked . I left the chinstrap from the liner on - as You can see it doesnt match the rust and aging of the rest of the helmet.
now I hope I did my research home work well, as I couldnt find a matching soldier in army database - but a perfect match to a Marine who lived and died tragic death in SF in 1946
application for a headstone from 1948 shows his unit as 8th DefBn FMF
Edited by kaszanka, 22 May 2019 - 08:54 PM.