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  1. TRAMULA. ANTONIO 2,673,501, White 1846 Main St., Bridgeport, Conn. Ind NA LB 4 Bridgeport, Conn. Apr 26/18. Br Patenza, Italy. 22 yrs. Co A 304 Inf to Oct 7/18; Co B 316 Engrs to disch. Pvt 1cl Mch 27/19. AEF July 8/18 to Apr 16/19. Hon disch Apr 26/19.
  2. The ZC21x stamp puts the manufacture date in late 1918, so it's definitely a refurbished WWI helmet. No m1917-type helmets were manufactured between 1918 and 1940.
  3. The 64th CAC also used playing cards for their insignia. I think the insignia in post #5 has a crossed pick and shovel underneath the skull, which might be Pioneer Infantry (or maybe just Engineers). To further muddy the waters, the 147th Field Artillery Regiment also used a skull and crossbones insignia.
  4. My guess would be 106th Field Signal Battalion.
  5. This one is definitely 302nd MTC. There was an IDed grouping (split up, of course) on ebay a few years back that included a painted helmet and various documents related to the 302nd.
  6. It's on Pinterest, so I can't get to it from here at work, but do a Google image search for "Major General Fred Walker of the U.S. 36th Infantry Division in Italy."
  7. I'm pretty sure these have been IDed as 60s-70s Texas National Guard markings.
  8. Steel suppliers were U through Z, less V, and shell manufacturers were A through M, less I.
  9. Z is the code for the steel manufacturer, and the second letter is the company that stamped the shell. C is the most common, followed by D. There is no truth to the idea that only D helmets were issued overseas.
  10. I don't think it's possible to get much more specific than "1940s GM product".
  11. Yes, lot numbers could be traced to specific periods of manufacture.
  12. I've always liked this style. I wonder where this one is now.
  13. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/50430-the-british-mark-i-helmet/
  14. In WWI, the Ordnance Department didn't use the letter I to indicate the company that pressed a helmet, probably to avoid confusion with the number 1. You'd think they'd be cognizant of the possibility of confusing a 0 with an O as well.
  15. Only about 20 Wilmer eye shields ever saw anything other than the inside of a crate during WWI, so whatever it is, it's extremely unlikely to have anything to do directly with them.
  16. Does anyone have a McCord with a letter O suffix? How does it compare with this one?
  17. Thanks for checking. Whether the marking is present or not helps to narrow down the production dates for the lots, since there is dated documentation related to the painted markings.
  18. Not under the pad, just on the inside of the dome, at the front or back. Some lots of YJ helmets had a white painted letter, either N or P.
  19. This is a US m1917 helmet, and it is not uncommon to see Incised decoration on WWI helmets. While the US did not participate in the 1916 battle of Verdun for obvious reasons, American troops fought over the same ground in 1918. Judging by the 66, and the list of locations, I'd guess that this belonged to a doughboy in the 66th Field Artillery Brigade, which was detached from the 41st Division and served (less the 147th FA) as 1st Corps Artillery.
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