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  1. Here's my contribution. Net has never been taken off and you can see how it has rusted and fused with the shell.
  2. Thanks man! And for sure, 100% agreed, there's not much from LCG(L) crewmen, I think it's especially more rare considering that there were only 9 of them that participated in the Normandy Invasion with 5 at Omaha Beach I believe. I would like to think that he may have had this helmet at Normandy as well, but you would never really know for sure. The 811 was decommissioned right after D-Day, so I think there's a fair chance he brought it with him over to the LSM-59. It is 100% guarunteed however that he wore this helmet during the ship's participation at Iwo Jima and later when it was hit b
  3. Unfortunately I was also not able to find any existing images of LCG(L) - 811. However, a few photos do exist of LSM-59 before it was sunk. Both of these photos show LSM - 59 off the Invasion Beaches at Iwo Jima. Note in the second photo the water plume from a near miss off of the ship's starboard beam
  4. Born on 5 April 1907 to Sahid and Sophia in Lebanon, Syria, Joseph Lewis Aun would later immigrate to the United States with his family, settling down in Paterson, NJ. In 1943, at the age of 36, he enlisted in the US Navy. After being assigned to the Gunfire Support Group for training in Scotland, he later served as one of the deck crew aboard the LCG(L)-811 which in the 20 minutes before H-Hour on 6 June 1944 provided direct fire on beach targets situated on the left flank of Omaha Beach. The 811 operated as close as 500 yards from the shoreline and for several hours on June 6 ran parallel
  5. Only James or Jim that I could find from Catawissa who was in WWII I think was James Berdet Snyder. Handwriting doesn't really match up though
  6. Could this be him? Snyder on the registration card is written pretty similar to the Snyder on the back of the photo
  7. It's with great sadness that I report that Brigadier General Le Minh Dao passed away yesterday at 1:45 in Hartford, CT at the age of 87. Along with his 18th Division, they were later nicknamed "The Super Men" for their heroic stand at Xuan Loc in the waning days of the Vietnam War. Despite being nearly outnumbered 7 to 1, Le Minh Dao was able to hold off the NVA onslaught for nearly 2 weeks. Only after his 18th Division was badly mauled, suffering 30% casualties and nearly running out of ammunition and supplies did he conduct a fighting withdrawal. In his wake on the battlefield, they leave
  8. Wanted to post a quick update to this thread. Many and sincere thanks to his family for telling me more about Sgt. Johnson and for sharing a few photos. This particular one shows the same exact helmet in this thread being worn early during Sgt. Johnson's 2006-2007 deployment to Afghanistan
  9. The condition of the liner compared to the rest of the helmet threw me off initially as well in the beginning, but what led me to believe it's a matched set is the fact that while "Lester Foley" is written on the cover, "Ken Foley" is scratched onto the liner (perhaps a nickname or a relative?). I thought maybe if the theory about the liner being used by a kid as a toy (based off the string tied in the liner), it might explain why it's dirtier than the helmet. I've skimmed over some of the names, but no luck so far. A lot of it is quite hard to read due to all of the cracking in t
  10. The string I imagine was likely added by a kid sometime afterwards to play with?
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