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Gary Ziegler

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  1. You can get a 7 day free trial at Fold3 that will enable you to look up service members. link: https://www.fold3.com/ I signed up for the 7 day trial and was able to get info on 4 searches at no cost: 1.) I acquired a WWII issue M1 fixed bail with Hawley liner via an estate sale here in San Diego. The name "F. Hewitt (j.g.)" is written on the sweatband. Results: Lieutenant Fred E. Hewitt, Service Number 160875, served aboard the USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) during WWII. LT. Fred E. Hewitt is buried in San Diego, his name and rank are listed on the ship's muster record USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) Service record: Part of: United States Pacific Fleet (1944–1946) Operations: Philippines campaign, Invasion of Iwo Jima, Battle of Okinawa, Operation Magic Carpet Awards: 3 Battle stars 2.) I acquired an unissued sea bag, in OD3, marked: C.J. Cansdelle, USMC, 326081. Results: Name: Carrol J. Cansdelle Branch of Service: US Marine Corps Rank: Technical Sergeant Service Number: 326081 Military Occupational Specialty: 6619, Aircraft Navigations Systems Technician, Radar WWII: TSGT Cansdelle served with VMF 112. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 (Wolfpack). Activated at San Diego, California on March 1, 1942. Deploying shortly after to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in their Grumman F4F Wildcats, the Wolfpack joined the Cactus Air Force with Marine Aircraft Group 11. In recognition of its valor and its contributions to victory during its service on Guadalcanal, VMF-112 was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (US) for August 7 – December 9, 1942. Korea: 1950, TSGT Cansdelle served with VMO-6. VMO-6 arrived in Jinhae, Korea on August 2, 1950. VMO-6 immediately began to fly during the Battle of Pusan Perimeter becoming the first helicopter squadron in the Marine Corps to participate in combat operations. 3). Located my mother's uncle, US Army, served during WWII: 10 Nov 1942 to 23 Oct 1945. 4.) Located an uncle, US Army, served during WWII: 17 Mar 1942 to 23 Oct 1945
  2. I have completed a diligent search to locate information on "Distinguishing markings for M-1 helmet liners" and "striped / striping the M-1 helmet liner" and the only information I found was for the marking of the MP helmet and liner. With all of the books that have been written on the M-1 helmet, I would think that someone would have found some information on the striping of helmet liners.
  3. The closest match I've found is this 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division liner. The blue color is a match, the blue over white pattern and the white stripe being double the size of rhe blue stripe is a match, the location of rank at the front is a match.
  4. The 8th Infantry shells and liners I've run across bear the unit's insignia. Same holds true for 3rd Infantry Division. I'm retracting my assumption that it is a 3rd Infantry Division liner as the blue is not correct for that unit.
  5. Thank you, sir. You are correct. I have two WWII era iodine vials, One has the 5 digit stock number 91118 and one has the 7 digit stock number 9111800 (see photo). According the WWII Medical Research Centre, the 7 digit stock numbers initially appeared in the Army Service Forces Medical Supply Catalog on 1 March 1944. The site states: Medical Item Numbering System: While the United States Army preferred to indicate itemized parts by Stock Number, the Medical Department used Item Numbers. The following series of digits represent the numbering system in use during WW2. During the early phase of WW2, most Item Numbers only had 5 digits. Early 1944 the number of digits increased from 5 to 7. The first digit always indicated the class to which the part belonged, while the other four (i.e. 0001 to 9999) indicated the purchase order within a specific class. The new Army Service Forces Medical Supply Catalog dated 1 March 1944, officially lists the increased series of digits, i.e. 7 instead of only 5; the additional two digits were attributed in order to help identify variants among identical medical items, and the very last two digits were used for this specific purpose (i.e. 00 to 99); when a particular item had no variants, both last digits were always double zero (00). The Medical Supply Catalog, dated 1 March 1944, lists contents with 7-digit Item Numbers. Since this Catalog superseded former publications introduced 1 June 1943, it would imply that the existing system (5-digits) was gradually modified into a 7-digit numbering system over this period, i.e. between mid 1943 and early 1944, give or take a few months … Source: https://www.med-dept.com/articles/background-to-medical-item-numbers/
  6. I have several M-2 Jungle, Medical, Individual kits dated 1943 to 1945. I would like to know which items are correct for these kits when they originally came from the manufacturer. If items that were used and replaced over time, which ones would be correct as replacements. This is one of the kits I have on hand.
  7. According to the WWII US Medical Research Centre, the following companies are listed as WW2 Medical Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers. They are listed under Surgical Dressings and Supplies. These companies include: A. E. Halperin Company, Inc. – Boston, Massachusetts The American White Cross Laboratories, Inc. – New Rochelle, New York – Cape Girardeau, Missouri Bauer & Black, Division of The Kendall Company – Chicago, Illinois Davis Emergency Equipment Company, Inc. – Newark, New Jersey Hampton Manufacturing Company – Carlstadt, New Jersey Johnson & Johnson – New Brunswick, New Jersey – Chicago, Illinois Medical Supply Company – Rockford, Illinois Mine Safety Appliances Company– Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The Bay Division, Parke Davis & Company – Bridgeport, Connecticut The Pac-Kit Company – Greenwich, Connecticut The Seamless Rubber Company – New Haven, Connecticut The following 3 companies are not listed as suppliers: Forest City Products, Inc. Madison Company Thomas W. Reed Company Source: https://www.med-dept.com/resources/ww2-medical-equipment-manufacturers-and-suppliers/
  8. I have a group of adhesive bandages that were acquired with several WWII and Korean era First Aid Kits and medical supplies. I would like to know which adhesive bandages are WWII era, which are Korean War era and which, if any, are neither. See attached photo, which I've flipped to make it easier to read them all without twisting your head. Manufacturer's include: A.E. Halperin Company, Inc. American White Cross Laboratories Bauer & Black Davis Emergency Equipment Company Hampton Mfg. Co. Forest City Products, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Madison Company Medical Supply Company Mine Safety Appliances, Parke Davis & Company The Pac-Kit Company, Seamless Rubber Thomas W. Reed Company Your assistance in this is greatly appreciated.
  9. Blue and white stripe: US Army, 3rd Infantry Division, Training / Instructor
  10. This gauze was part of a group of WWII medical supplies. The company, Acme Cotton Products Co., Inc., was a medical supplier during WWII. Is it part of a medical kit? The box is marked on one side only and reads: 2 Inch - 6 Yds. Sterilized Gauze Bandage Camouflaged Acme Cotton Products. Co, Inc. New York, N.Y.
  11. Hi, I can provide you with a list of components based on a component list dated 1 March 1970. A complete and correct 1970 dated kit is one of the most rare medical kits that you can find. Contact me via PM and I will assist.
  12. I've just obtained my first WWII fixed bail M-1 helmet complete with the original Hawley liner and I'd like to know what the helmet is worth. The heat stamp is 29A, both the helmet and liner bear an identical vertical white stripe on the front (stripe is 1/2" wide and 2" in length). The sweatband is named to a LT (jg) F Hewitt. Here is the description: Helmet steel: there is one vertical stress crack, approx. 1-1/4", at the left front. The cork and paint are original, there is light rust on the exterior and interior. Both bales are solid and retain the original welds, they have not been broken or repaired. Chinstrap webbing has the original bar tacks, there are no significant stains, no fraying or tears on the webbing. Chinstrap material is brass with a raised bar buckle. Hawley fibre liner material shows cracks and wear to the rear, front and center crown. The white rayon webbing and rectangular aluminum are tight and in excellent condition. The double-wire sweatband is stamped W199 QM 036778, J7J SIZE 5. The leather is surprisingly soft and supple. "LT (jg) F. Hewitt" is handwritten on the sweatband's leather. The white rayon nape strap matches the liner webbing and is stamped as size "3". The liner chinstrap hardware is intact, but the leather liner is missing.
  13. I've never met anyone that can explain to me the origin of the term "Mitchell pattern". It seems that someone pulled this terminology out of their 6 o'clock and everyone bought into it. lol
  14. According to an article titled, "U.S. Army Field Mess Gear" by David Cole, these forks were issued with mess kits during WWII. Cole writes, "By the beginning of WWII, responsibility for the design and contracting of field mess equipment was Jeffersonville Quarter Master Depot, Specification JQD-2 dated September 3,41. Cole states that, "1941 changed the material of the fork and spoon to tin plated steel". He further notes that, "Known contractors for the fork and spoon, M-1926 are": Diamond Silverware Company (Diamond logo 1942) USA Division of International Silver Company (SILCO 1942) R. Wallace & Sons Company (WALLCO 1941, 1942) On May 2, 43, Specification JQD 349 for Fork, M-1925 and Specification JQD 350 for Spoon, M-1926 changed the material from tin to silver-plate". These forks bear the manufacturer marks for all 3 companies listed above. The forks are original WWII mess kit issue circa 1941 - 1943.
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