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#1 John4022

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 12:14 PM

Here's a neat item I wanted to share with the forum, a signed souvenir Pith Helmet. I've seen signed flags on the forum but not something like this. I got it from a auction down in Missouri that had a couple pieces of Nazi militaria. Since I didn't see any US military items I asked a family member who was related to the persons estate being auctioned off if the owner was a veteran and she replied no. She said in the 50's he was a bartender that would accept war souvenirs to pay off a bar tab.

 

On the other hand, I was wondering if it is at all possible to find out what unit the soldiers could be from? I'm not very good at researching so any tips would be appreciated!

 

Hope you enjoy,

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#2 John4022

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 12:15 PM

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 12:15 PM

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#4 John4022

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 12:16 PM

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 12:16 PM

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 12:17 PM

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#7 John4022

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 12:18 PM

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#8 John4022

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 12:18 PM

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#9 John4022

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 12:18 PM

"Honey this is a German Officer hat used in Africa"

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 12:54 PM

Looks like a second pattern pith helmet....The first pattern being a canvas like material, this being pressed felt.....Never seen a signed one before...Nice pick up....Bodes

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 12:59 PM

totally cool, well done



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Posted 17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM

Thats awesome!....i have a very similar one!👍🏻.......mike

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 01:05 PM

Love the signed part!
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Posted 17 November 2019 - 01:35 PM

Uber cool! 



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Posted 17 November 2019 - 01:38 PM

Nice item- 

 

Post some of names here and we can see if anything shows up as for unit. Uncommon names are the most helpful. 



#16 John4022

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 02:45 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone and I'm glad you guys like it! 

 

Here are a couple names, I really appreciate anyone taking the time out of their day to research this. Thank you in advance!

  • Ed Hendrickson "Beaver, PA"
  • Tom Mooney
  • Thomas H Lees
  • Arnold Kingston "Idaho"
  • Jack Hazelton "Wash"
  • R.V. Rutherford "Batesville, Miss"


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Posted 17 November 2019 - 02:56 PM

Very cool! Love these pith helmets, being signed just makes it that much better!

#18 M24 Chaffee

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 05:22 AM

Very cool and unique!

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 07:29 AM

Jack Hazelton from Washingtion was an infantryman in 75th Division according to his obit:

 

https://www.findagra...ck-lee-hazelton



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Posted 18 November 2019 - 10:59 AM

Love it!!


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#21 John4022

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 11:10 AM

Jack Hazelton from Washingtion was an infantryman in 75th Division according to his obit:

 

https://www.findagra...ck-lee-hazelton

Oh wow thank you! 

 

The shield does have a clear 5th written on it and I see remnants of another number. I assume it would have been a 7. Thanks again!

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 11:55 AM

Maybe it's just me but that remnant of another number before the 5 does look kind of like a 7 to me.  Possible TH after that.



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Posted 18 November 2019 - 03:03 PM

Great detective work👍🏻.......mike

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 04:31 PM

I have never seen a signed pith helmet before!!!!!!!! AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 05:02 AM

A really unique bring-back...thanks for sharing!

 

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