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  1. So I picked up another early McCord Fixed bail with this one being painted to a Lt. but this one has a complete heatstamp number of 183A unlike my earlier one with the partial number that turns out to be later. Came without a liner and with the chinstrap in tatters as well as tied in a knot but I was able to get it untied and fixed around the back of the shell as it was so ragged it actually fit. Front Seam with a stainless steel rim and the chinstrap color basically the white threads inside it. My chart shows it as being late 1941 but perhaps I'm wrong on this one too as I thought my last o
  2. That's cool and it's a neat patch, just one that folks couldn't tell if it was right side up or not thus my post as I think that has been settled now!
  3. Sometime ago I got a scrapbook for a PFC who was attached to the 443rd Troop Carrier Group as part of the Far East Air Forces in the USAAF in Asia. He had attended school at Bell Aircraft for the P-39 Airacobra and received a graduation patch which was still attached to it's cardboard cut out of a soldier in the scrapbook. What makes it interesting is that it shows the correct orientation of the patch as it was intended as I have seen the same patch in the standard reference guide for WW2 patches upside down apparently. There were several other Airacobra items in the scrapbook which I have
  4. Wow that's cool and thanks for sharing that, apparently this heatstamp range exists with more this one variation. I bet that they had a numeral that just didn't stamp and left the blank spot between the 4 and the letter. Neat to see another helmet that is so close in production to mine and the weird part is that I found these two together as issued.
  5. Thanks and that's fine, apparently the third digit in the heatstamp # just didn't make it onto the helmets which explains the gap between the first two digits and the letter. Still happy with them and perhaps then the liners are correct as the ones that these came with after all.
  6. Sure happy to do so and see below, both helmets are identical this way too.
  7. Thanks for all of the kind comments and I see where there could have been a third digit after the first two numbers before the letter. I looked at both helmets with a bright light but can see no trace of a stamped number so it's either that they missed stamping in that third digit or they had a space there as they planned on using three digits as they did later. All of the features match up with very early production so it's either what it is being 24 B or it's 24XB but at least they are both identical spacing and stamping style. Thanks again.
  8. A picker who I deal with turned up a pile of military from a local sale that included a pair of fixed bail M-1 Helmets that turned out to be both the same production run. Both are fixed bail front seam short length khaki OD # 3 chinstraps with brass buckles that are both heatstamped "24B" which dates them to the earliest production run by McCord in June of 1941 Prewar. Both shells came with Westinghouse High Pressure Liners with Khaki suspensions which would have replaced their original Hawley Liners that these would have come with I believe. The two helmets are mirrors of each other in ap
  9. I came across a pair of real photo post cards of .45 Automatics in Service and figured I'd post them here. One is holstered while the other is in hand and thought they might be of interest.
  10. Thanks and that's great, I'm guessing that they are both from US as they came together so appreciate the ID's! Thank you Tom
  11. Thanks for that ID and for sure I would have never guessed that, hopefully someone can ID the other one as well! Thanks Tom
  12. I've checked all of my sources and books but can't ID either of these early ribbons bars. Both of them have C clasps and so appear pre WW2 so I'm thinking perhaps they are state or militia medals so I'm posting them here for your input. Thanks in advance.
  13. This Marine Corps Duffle Bag is named to a Marine who served in WW2 in the South Pacific and again in Korea. He was attached as a Bandsman to the following units in WW2: 35th Provisional Band, 6th Defense Battalion (Special Weapons Group B.), 7th Defense Battalion, (HQ and Service Battery), 3rd AAA Battalion, (Light AA Group), 7th AAA Battalion, (HQ and Service Battery), FMF-PAC, 17th AAA Battalion, (HQ and Service Battery) and during Korea he was attached to the 2nd Marine Division FMF (HQ HQ Battalion). There are two separate UNIS markings both being overlaid with one being a diamond and
  14. I think it was sent out to an insignia store but never sold as I recall that I found with a large lot of carded EM Devices.
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