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  1. interesting question are you sure about that do you have some photos to prove this evidence?


    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.

  2. 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.




  3. Thanks for the kind words gents.



    Great helmet to a 100th vet, thanks for sharing!

    Have you had a chance to pull his records? The division roster lists him as a Sgt in E/398. So at some point he transitioned from enlisted to officer



    I did not pull his records yet Jason. But, yes, I did see in the unit history that he is listed as a Sgt.



    Great helmet! Is the an id on the helmet/liner anywhere? Thanks for sharing.



    Thanks Jason. No. No ID anywhere in the helmet or liner.

  4. 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.




    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.


















  5. Very cool.


    Thanks for posting and for your service.




    Thanks Ron. Appreciate it.



    Awesome helmet, don't see them as complete as yours too often. Thanks for your service!




    Love that SCUD fragment....very cool


    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.

  6. Wow. It's great that you brought some stuff back. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your service!



    Thanks Paul. Appreciate that.


    A close up of the Scud missile…you can see remnants of some of the burnt desert tan paint.



  7. 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 Downhill Championship race, and within a year he was serving with the 10th at Camp Hale in Colorado. Born to be a Ski Trooper, this would not be Bill’s last brush with destiny.


    On April 1, 1945 Private 1st Class Bill Linscott was standing outside of his foxhole on Mt. Della Spe in the Italian Alps with some of his fellow 10th Mountain Division troops. The shelling the men had been taking all day had stopped for a while and the G.I.’s were enjoying a rare break for chow and a smoke. A few moments later a random incoming shell exploded nearby and killed all of the men around Bill. Bill did not escape unscathed; he was hit by shrapnel and wood splinters on his left side. Bleeding and in pain, company medics stripped him of his gear as they prepared to triage and evacuate their wounded brother off the mountain. Bill soon ended up in a hospital in Naples where he spent 3 months recovering from his wounds before being sent home in June of 1945.


    Like many World War II veterans in 1985, Bill travelled back to Europe to participate in ceremonies marking the 40th Anniversary of the end of the war. Back in Italy after 40 years, Bill received a very special war souvenir during that trip that he did not expect. The little Italian village which hosted the 10th Mountain reunion loved the Americans, and they held a big banquet for the boys who had freed them from the Nazis. The mountain troopers, now in their 50’s, had planned tours and hikes while they were visiting villages in the area.


    A small group of the former ski troops thought it would be fun to hike up into the nearby hillsides to walk the old battlefields and see if they could find their foxholes. Nearing the end of a long day in the mountains the men stopped to talk to a farmer’s wife and they noticed something in a nearby chicken coop that any ex-G.I. would recognize. One of them reached in and pulled out a WWII era U.S. canteen cup. The men passed the relic around and upon examining the cup closer they discovered that the name LINSCOTT was hand engraved into the bottom. They offered the Italian villager money for the cup but she refused. Bill was not on the hike that day and they delighted in the thought of playing this up and surprising Bill at the banquet that was to be held later that evening back in town.


    As dinner was being served one of Bill’s former Army buddies approached the front of the banquet hall and called out, “Private First Class Linscott! Front and center!” Startled, Bill could not figure out why he was being summoned. One of his former commanders read a citation to him for losing U.S. government property through “excess negligence and carelessness” and he was ordered to pay a $120 fine. He was astonished and could not figure out what he had done.


    Finally, Bill was handed a box and soon discovered his tarnished canteen cup that he had lost 40 years prior after have been wounded on Mt. Della Spe. He was overtaken by emotion seeing this familiar object that he lost so many years ago with his name on it. Bill hung onto the cup for years and delighted in telling the story of how he got it back. He later donated the cup to the Denver Public Library which houses an enormous archive of WWII 10th Mountain Division gear, paperwork, unit histories, and ephemera. In 2011, Thunderbolt Ski Museum organizers were able to track down the cup and bring it back to Adams where it now sits on display in Bill’s hometown.




  8. 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 1942 after winning the 1942 Massachusetts State Downhill Championship as a 16 year old high school sophomore.



  9. 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 belonged to. Hope you enjoy.


    The Thunderbolt Ski Museum in Adams, MA (https://www.facebook.com/ThunderboltSkiMuseum?ref=hl)









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