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  1. Great job, Brian! Thoroughly researched and presented... Now I think I need to order the new kit. Tom
  2. And here is the whole photo. All kinds of interesting helmet oddities can be seen. Many seem to be communications guys. The guy on the far left has a roll of electrical tape hanging from his gear. So, the tape was readily available. Maybe it was used to identify some of the section as mentioned above. Three helmets shown seem to have solid color cloth covers with a sewn on extra piece of material. Could it be a pocket from a uniform item from which the material was taken? Tom
  3. I scanned this photo at NARA many years ago so I have a pretty clear copy. Here is an enlargement of the helmet. Here is my abbreviated version of the caption: "Marines and Coast Guardsmen display captured flag; Engebi Is., Eniwetok Atoll." The Marines on Eniwetok don't seem to have received the standard camo covers in sufficient numbers. All kinds of improvised covers show up in photos. I always assumed this helmet had electrical tape applied to hold the cloth on. Reading what some others have posted, though there may have been something more to it. Tom
  4. There are many reasons MK2 helmets might have been repainted OD or green. The USMC used some ashore where green camo would make sense. Many WW2 USN landing craft sported green camo schemes in the PTO so green painted "talker" helmets would also make sense. These helmets stayed in service for decades and some were used in Vietnam by patrol boat crews who might have preferred green camo over blue. I have an OD repainted Mk2 in my collection. These aren't color pics but they illustrate the use of Mk2's away from blue water. Tom
  5. Another possibility is that this is camouflaged mosquito netting. Mosquitoes were not just an annoyance in Italy. There were also very real concerns about troops becoming ill with malaria. In October 1943 the Germans flooded areas near Anzio to slow the Allied advance and the mosquito population rose. The Allies took a number of steps to control the spread of the disease. https://history.amedd.army.mil/booksdocs/wwii/Malaria/chapterV.htm Some bombers were even fitted to dust pesticides. Here are pics related to malaria in Italy. Tom
  6. I have yet to see a photo of boat 34, but there is a glimpse of boat 33 during the embarkation for D-Day here: https://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675061276_United-States-troops_World-War-II_troops-climb-gangway_combat-gear Tom
  7. Nice helmet! Here's its cousin. Tom
  8. The guy at the top left is holding a liner with the front edge facing downward. Tom
  9. The guys in the second photo are all wearing helmet liners. It looks like it was taken during WW2 era stateside training. Names on liners was common. Cool photos!
  10. Incredible! Impressive! One of the most realistic figures I've ever seen. Scratch that... It is the most realistic paint work I've ever seen! Tom
  11. Thanks for the comments, guys. Just to be clear, though, the interview was conducted by someone from CCSU's Veteran's History Project. I agree, though that Wayne's story and those of other vets should be preserved and shared. The boots are about the only artifacts Wayne still has from those days. Tom
  12. These jungle boots belong to my friend Wayne Ferguson. These were his third and final pair of boots from his time in Vietnam with India Company, 3rd Bn, 4th Marines. Wayne was there from November '67 to January '69. Here is the guy that filled the boots talking about his experiences. Tom
  13. Nicely done. Good to see the landing at Utah Beach get some attention. Tom
  14. Aggregated from several sources: Girard A. Lanno was born March 18, 1919 in Philadelphia, PA. He died November 10, 2005. His enlisted serial #33812852; his officer serial #O-1339886. He entered the Army on June 14, 1944. He was discharged October 14, 1946 at Fort Meade, MD. His service appears to have been within the U.S. aside from 10 days in early 1946. He had been working at the Philadelphia Navy Yard prior to entering the Army. I did not find any other details of his service. His son, Girard J. Lanno served in Korea in the Army in 1966. (Perhaps the MP liner and brassards were the son'
  15. This is not exactly the same scheme but it is evidence that "Kelly" helmets sometimes received camo paint... US troops training on a Bofors in Northern Ireland in 1942. Tom
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