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  1. My thoughts are the same as the others and the same as I posted on WAF....looks like recent art work. Medics are all the rage these days. Everybody wants one...and the market is delivering.
  2. How does somebody provide photos to prove that something didn't exist...in this case, that the 3rd ID didn't use follow me bars? Great helmet! Miss this thread the first time around.
  3. Medic helmets are all the rage right now in the hobby of WWII Herman helmets...where I spend most of my time and energy. They are coming "out of the woodwork" at a rate that is laughable. And they all have 2 things in common....paint with ripples, and that toasted marshmallow look. The OP's helmet shows these same 2 characteristics, and for me personally, I would give it a wide berth. In fact, I give all medic helmets a wide berth just because of the sheer number of them showing up suddenly. Everybody wants one...and the market delivers.
  4. Brought back an Iraqi helmet from Desert Storm...and a dead scorpion.
  5. I was active duty USAF and we deployed with M1 steel pots and Vietnam era flak vests. Nice helmet.
  6. Nice helmet An Duc. Looks like a pretty classic Desert Storm bring back. If you don't mind I thought I'd share mine. I brought this home from Desert Storm in March of 1991. Though my pics aren't as nice as yours, it's neat to see the similarities in both helmets.
  7. Agreed. Though in the end, I think there can be no doubt that ultimately the forces of imperfect good defeated the forces of near perfect evil.
  8. Thanks for the kind words gents. I did not pull his records yet Jason. But, yes, I did see in the unit history that he is listed as a Sgt. Thanks Jason. No. No ID anywhere in the helmet or liner.
  9. Working for graves registration. Wearing his M1. And holding what looks like the liner only.
  10. Gottfried Pletzer was a US Army Lieutenant who earned 2 bronze stars in the 100th Infantry Div. After the war he worked Graves Registration in Europe. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 90. His obituary. https://www.nj.com/warrenreporter/2012/11/obituary_gottfried_pletzer_90.html It's an early fixed bail, front seam with brass hardware and a firestone liner. Best of all, it has a great combat patina. The liner chinstrap was fragile and broke in half as I was examining it. I should have been more careful! Looks like Pletzer penciled in a Lt. bar on the front of the liner.
  11. Thanks Ron. Appreciate it. Thanks. Yeah, this came from a much larger chunk…about the size of a piece of plywood. We had equipment to cut it into smaller pieces to take home. I also came home with dozens of smaller fragment size pieces. Gave all those away.
  12. Thanks Paul. Appreciate that. A close up of the Scud missile…you can see remnants of some of the burnt desert tan paint.
  13. And finally, Bill Linscott telling the story during an interview in 1999.
  14. The cup and its story are now on display in the Thunderbolt Ski Museum for all to enjoy...
  15. Donating the cup to the Denver Public Library...
  16. And now the remarkable story of Linscott's canteen cup. I'll post the text here: Though he had no way of knowing it, as a young boy cutting his teeth skiing on the Thunderbolt in the late 1930’s, Bill Linscott, was destined to serve in the 10th Mountain Division during WWII. His father was the president of the popular Thunderbolt Ski Club and was responsible for teaching many of the local boys how to perfect the Arlberg ski technique. By the late 1930’s Bill was soon making a name for himself skiing and racing on the Thunderbolt. In 1942, at the age of 16, Bill won the Massachusetts Dow
  17. Bill skiing on his beloved Thunderbolt after the war….
  18. In Italy during a lull in combat... Convalescing in Naples after being wounded….
  19. As a private in the 10th Mountain Division…. With his brother at Camp Hale during D-series (Bill is on the left)...
  20. Bill Linscott grew up at the foot of the highest mountain in Massachusetts and led the kind of classic pre-WWII, outdoor skiing/mountaineering life that so many young men who served in the 10th Mtn. Div. led. I interviewed him in 1999 for a documentary film I was making, and it was then that I first learned about the neat story of his reunion with his US issue canteen cup in the Appenine Mountains 50 years after the war. I was part of a group that opened a small museum in our town in 2012 and we were able to track down this canteen cup and put it on permanent display. Here is Bill in 1
  21. I collect 10th mountain and gebirgsjager militaria. I also have a passion for vintage 1930's and 40's downhill ski gear, clothing, and ephemera. In 2012 I was the project manager for a small start-up ski museum located in my hometown which is dedicated to a quite famous 1930's era ski trail in my town, the Thunderbolt Ski Run, (http://www.thunderboltskirun.com ) and all things related to the boys who learned to ski there and then went on to serve in the 10th during WWII. What follows is a neat story about a simple US GI canteen cup in our collection, and the 10th Mountain trooper that it
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