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#1 kaszanka

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:41 PM

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

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#2 kaszanka

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:42 PM

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#3 kaszanka

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:43 PM

match of the corrosion on liner and shell

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:46 PM

some documents and his grave

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:48 PM

oh and a helmet lot is 178C

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 08:49 PM

here is details of his death, I believe His Wife and child died too... but I yet have to verify

 

hope You Gentleman like this helmet and the story...

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 09:15 PM

Congrats! Nice helmet...and sad sad story.



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Posted 22 May 2019 - 11:41 PM

Survive the war and die at home right after

#9 kaszanka

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Posted 23 May 2019 - 01:00 PM

Congrats! Nice helmet...and sad sad story.

Thank You !

I was just obsessed today with research on this Marine, got His casualty report from USMC and also found out that His wife did survive, she also remarried multiple times. not sure about a baby's fate though. He had another child that was born in 1943 - a daughter, but She died in 1961.

I will try NARA and wait for results....

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