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Sgt. Stubby

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  1. I remember my brother in gradeschool c.1972 getting an "army navy surplus" US rucksack which he promptly magic-markered a big maltese cross on. It was a cool design back then for kids and nothing to do with bikers or evil intent! So so very cool! Also cross-collectable as Vietnam era Americana. So glad you didn't spray paint it green as a kid!!!
  2. I agree it's wonderful to see Lt. Jessie's face! Also touching how she was married to Commander Bill for 67 years. Fantastic early lid.
  3. I read Marc Giles excellent article in MILITARY COLLECTOR December last year. It really opened my eyes and backed up some of my suspicions. I cringe each time I read the question “When was my helmet made?” and a prompt answer “Your helmet was made between April 14th and June 2nd 1943.” Yes, the “Helmets of the ETO” chart has become gospel to many young collectors looking for snap answers, but it’s not that easy. Even though the M1 Heat Chart is very useful, it is admitted by the authors to be only a rough interpretation of modern field data. Somewhere the Wartime records exist. More data is being discovered every year. In particular I’m interested in “anomolous” heat stamp numbers i.e. rear seam mag-steel rims with early heat #, etc. To suggest a possible explanation I created the following diagram. I hope it helps illustrate how such anomolies could have made it into regularly issued M1 helmets. ************* Side Note: Of particular interest to me is the question of “Did the 1940-41 run of McCord m1917A1 use identical 16.5” steel disks?” All sorts of leftover M1917A1 parts went into the M1 supply line and so all leftover pre-#25 disks simply were added to the stacks. If they were on the bottom it could have been months into 1942 before they (<#25 M19171A disks) were stamped into M1 helmets.
  4. Italy 1946 Lyle continued his wartime service in Italy until May 1946, arriving in New York by ship on June 2.
  5. February, 1945. After Lyle’s time as Red Cross Program Director in Sydney, Australia, he came home to help with the Salem Ohio Red Cross War Fund.
  6. Other than birth & census records, the earliest info I have on Lyle is a suprise party on his 19th birthday where they enjoyed music for entertainment. Lyle continued his musical career throughout his life. At 20 Lyle enlisted for the last few months of WWI. Here’s his US Veterans Bureau Form 7202 showing the dates. It has a typewritten enlistment date of 8/6/18 and discharge 2/17/19. Handwritten below the enlistment is the date 6-1-43. I thought ARC volunteers were civilians. Did US Veterans Bureau keep track of ARC Volunteers? Charles L. Carruthers’ WW1 Army Service Number is 3 372 666. Does his number record any of his WW2 volunteer service?
  7. Here is an early McCord M1 helmet with stainless front seam and fixed bales. CHARLES L. CARRUTHERS and AM. RED CROSS are stenciled in black on one side. The OD3 chinstraps are early short versions that can not be buckled behind the helmet. Buckles are brass raised bar. The heat stamp reads as 130A which makes the accepted manufacturing date about April 1942. It’s paired with a Firestone high pressure liner mold #12.
  8. Quinn - if this really is William Dutches' helmet cover - what an amazing artifact from early Vietnam years. I LOVE the layers of faded Magic Marker. It gives us all something to compare when we run across WAY too black Sharpie mutilations. However - being a doubting Thomas - I reserved my opinion until I could look into it myself. The evidence: 1. Hawthorne New Jersey 2. (Snorkle) Dutches 3. Betty Lou 8/2/60 4. Omega Gamma Delta(in Greek) #3 Betty Lou 8/2/60 gave me a problem. Her birthday? That would make her 5 years old. Too young for girlfriend, too old to be his daughter. Maybe Bill and Betty Lou's anniversary? That works for me. As far as the other "proof" - the remaining 3 puzzle pieces of NAME, Hawthorne NJ, and Omega fraternity were all answered in one newspaper article. CONGRATULATIONS Quinn in scoring truly what you called, "such a sobering piece of history". Amazing find.
  9. Presenting WWI veteran Charles L. Carruthers’ WWII American Red Cross helmet. Lyle was a rubber worker at the Akron, OH Goodyear Tire Plant for 52 years, and remained socially active in many clubs and organizations. On September 8th 1943, as Program Director of the Sydney Australia American Red Cross Service Club, he met First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. It’s been great fun collecting information about Lyle, and the public contributions he made throughout his life. The man is not perfect - but he is an energetic and caring American and I’m pleased to have discovered him.
  10. Q1. Did the M1 Helmet ACTUALLY change to a lower profile low-dome shape? A1. YES Using the excellent comparison photo above, I outlined both the WW2 and Low-dome M1 Helmets. Using actual photographic evidence we can clearly see the difference.
  11. There seems to be a lot of hearsay and conjecture regarding the LOW-DOME M1 HELMET. I've been doing a little research and will post as I prepare the material. A few comments lifted from USMF: "Is it possible that the real issue is changes in the liner as opposed to changes in the M-1 shell." "Low dome really is just a term used for any and all post WW2 helmets. If you mean information on why they lowered the profile of the shell by what, half an inch? I dont think anyone really knows for sure." "The low dome was the Army's effort at creating a lower profile M-1 helmet so as to gain maximum concealment." Here are my questions. Q1. Did the M1 Helmet ACTUALLY change to a lower profile low-dome shape? A1. Yes. Proof is in collector's experience placing high-dome liners into low-dome shells. Q2. WHEN did the low-dome M1 helmet supercede the WW2 "high-dome" version? A2. Unknown date. Surely someone can give a definitive answer with correlating facts? Q3. WHAT is the difference in height of the 2 versions? A3. I don't know. 1/2"? Can someone grab a yardstick and find out? Q4. WHY did the US change to a lower profile helmet? A4. BETTER BALLISTIC PROTECTION WITHOUT ADDITIONAL WEIGHT. I have some evidence backing up this claim. I'll post when I have it ready to share. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS about the LOW-DOME M1 HELMET?
  12. For reference purposes I'm adding my response to the earlier "Vietnam Era Low Dome M-1" that Rooster77 mentioned above. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/75600-vietnam-era-low-dome-m-1/
  13. Don't let the shoulder boards fool you. Here's another marching Cornet band with even more military flummery - kepi's with pop pom, epaulets, etc.
  14. My first impression is a marching band.
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