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  1. Definitely looks like another oak leaf! Wonder if it was painted on when he was a major or if it's another Lt. Col. insignia that was done before the camo. Either way, absolutely killer lid!
  2. Beautiful helmet Marty, congratulations! Am I seeing things or is there a second oak leaf underneath the camo?
  3. Yep, definitely a Schlueter. Even without the heat stamp, looking at the shape of the bails, the rim weld marks (circle instead of oval) and the overall shape of the shell will indicate which manufacturer it is. Looks to be in nice condition.
  4. Most likely 24XB Those bails are the 2nd style of mccord bails that were introduced some time before the 200 lot number. Still a very nice pair of helmets!
  5. Mid war liner (OD#3 webbing and green A washers) but possibly a 50s repaint on the exterior.
  6. I think nets were used in some cases but not nearly as often as they were in WWII. I think a lot of the time when nets were used in Korea it was typically done by higher ranking individuals who were using the same helmet they had used in WWII. My grandfather served during and after Korea (though was never in country) and I have photos of his time in Germany that show multiple men using the large style cargo nets. These pictures would have been taken around 1954 I believe.
  7. The reason it's frowned upon by some is that it's unnecessary damage added long after the helmet was last used. The date chart that is often used to date helmets is not super accurate. At best you'll narrow it down to a range of a few months, and knowing that information doesn't add much from what could already be obtained based on the helmets hardware configuration. It's not the end of the world, especially for helmets like these, but it's not really a great practice. In most cases I would think some foot powder or something would be more than enough to help see the lot numbers a
  8. I did a little more digging and I believe this is a RJ Stampings helmet. It's definitely a low dome helmet and still has some residue from the foam packaging material used on the bails. So I would guess it's likely National Guard from the 70s-80s.
  9. Yea, I always find that a bit odd. I know if it were my helmet having something painted off center on the front or rear would bug me!
  10. Thanks Marty. I actually forgot my loupe at home today and almost walked from this one but decided to ask on the price before I did. I was pleasantly surprised when I got home and had a chance to look at it a bit closer.
  11. Thanks Mike. The lot number was what was throwing me off a bit but I'm not super well versed in post WWII manufactured helmets. I got the helmet and a .30 cal ammo can for $25 so I figured worst case I payed a bit too much for an ammo can.
  12. Here are some closeups of the paint on the cross
  13. Just picked this one up at the flea market. The paint looks good on the cross and I think it's VN era but I was wanting to get a second set of eyes on this one.
  14. In the second picture it looks like MEIS # 3 to me.
  15. Yep, many survived and went on to be reused over and over again until they were deemed unfit for service. It's not uncommon to find WWII manufactured helmets in use all the way until the M1 was phased out. Once helmets no longer needed they were either scrapped, sold to other countries, or sold off as surplus. It's easy to find a WWII manufactured helmet but harder to find an example that hasn't been repainted a bunch of times, has its original chinstraps, etc.
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