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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Nice helmet! Here's its cousin. Tom
  5. The guy at the top left is holding a liner with the front edge facing downward. Tom
  6. 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!
  7. GITom1944

    WW2 Infantry NCO

    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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Nicely done. Good to see the landing at Utah Beach get some attention. Tom
  11. 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's.) Tom
  12. 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
  13. I like it too. I don't think the camo is vesicant paint. I think the color is US camo paint. Tom
  14. Nice group! Schlueter fb's are hard to find, especially in this condition. Congrats!
  15. I missed this posting back in 2014. Cool helmet. I agree with PacificGunner - I don't think the painted swastika on this helmet is the same as those seen on the M3's that have been described as the surplus store additions. Here's a modified M3 from my collection that I've posted before. It has the insignia for the 31st Bomb Squadron on the front (and 31st written on the top of the skull). The ear flaps are missing - perhaps done by a turret gunner to make it more compact. Tom
  16. Cool helmet! I've seen the period photo before but never that clearly or with the insignia/unit identified. Great thread! Tom
  17. I sharpened the image in Photoshop a bit, flipped it and enlarged it. It looks like a "7" to me. I believe this is a 7th Armored Division patch. Tom
  18. The November 28, 1941 Honolulu Advertiser had a photo of a vegetable garden at Schofield Barracks belonging to the 11th Tank Company. And per the December 30, 1941 Honolulu Advertiser, there were "armored forces at Schofield Barracks" at this date. So, the tanks might have been at Schofield on December 7th. Tom
  19. This kind of looks like Korea to me. Tom
  20. jpstout himself has an enviable collection of amphibious force-related helmets and has done considerable research on the topic. Keep in mind that Army units participated in many, many amphibious landings in the Pacific theater. Task Forces for landings established their own beach parties and helmet-marking systems. They tended to be similar but not always identical. In late 1944, an overall amphibious doctrine was established that defined beach party helmet markings but by then many of the major combat landings had already occurred. However, the doctrine was informed by practices that had already been used some of the time. I made this chart to show some of the markings as described in orders for some of the landings. It is not meant to show every variation that might have been used. Tom
  21. Just seeing this... Great helmet and research! Some observations: Stevens enlisted before Pearl Harbor when this style of helmet was the norm. He may had this from the start or early part of his service. Pre-war and early war, Army vehicles sported serial numbers painted Blue Drab. Looks like Stevens' serial number was painted this color in a style similar to that used on vehicles. Tom
  22. If this helps... Burton Emil Newquist (1913-1978) enlisted at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, He died in Dallas, TX. Also, I don't know if AAF crash boats used Navy camouflage schemes, but P-107's camo resembles the Navy Measure 22 (Haze Grey over Navy Blue). This pattern was common in the Atlantic, although it was sometimes seen in the Pacific. My guess is the photo was taken off the U.S. East coast. Tom P.S. Great photo!
  23. I always enjoy seeing your work. First rate! Tom
  24. Gere's some video of the vests being worn in training by a flamethrower team starting at 1:52 . Interesting that the vests are born by soldiers who will be carrying heavy loads on their backs during the landings. Tom
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