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  1. Because Navy Corpsmen were not the only personnel to have this marking. In the PTO, it is well documented that the Army used the same painted white ball to designate their medical personnel. This has been corroborated on a number of examples in collections. Often, the Army helmets/liners had the rank on front with the White Ball on the rear. The same size white ball, around 2 inches, has also been documented in photos from the ETO, although I have never seen one or had one in hand specifically identified from Normandy or Op Dragoon. So, you have a rare opportunity to send for hi
  2. Las Vegas Air Corps Gunnery School - original WWII. Nice, Bill
  3. Nice - looks like a radioman. Searchable...perhaps not identifiable as there are a number of "wb johnson" names to look through. Even so, an uncommon painted AND rate marked set.
  4. Please post, I would like to see his photo... Thanks, pat
  5. Ron, yes, and if you have one, you emulate the same style...and there are many boxes out there. I actually like this helmet, having seen 3 or 4 over the last 10 years. pat
  6. Ditto, Jim ( and Mike W). The majority of photos that ones tries to interpret on this helmet forum are generally a waste of time and simply cannot establish fact with any degree any certainty. Having it hand obviously is an essential step in that process, often precluded by distance and money. It simply is not available for examination. Like Mike, I would have liked to have seen it in hand before rendering a decision, if possible, because it is an important part of my collecting/procuring process. Over the years, there have been many helmets reviewed on this very forum, discounted as fake
  7. Do you believe this is a reproduction?
  8. The helmet with a painted White DIAMOND on the back is not a 5th ID marking, IMHO. A number of helmet shells popped up 6-7 years ago with this very same rear painted diamond and attributed to "Co E, 31st INF" due to a stamp on the inside shell. If I recall, they purportedly ??? were a late war/occupational issue to the 31st Infantry REGIMENT upon/after MacArthur's return in the Philippines.
  9. There are a number of sites now that have information regarding the Nisei and other relevant matters of the day. If I can help you, just pm. Unfortunately, I have found no one source which is complete. The records, particularly the MIS/CIC were not available for decades and then, still difficult to find and access. More over, whether the soldier was 442nd or MIS, there was no certainty that his/her military information was fully documented. I have one Japanese American not in any of the sites. So, when I am finished accruing his wartime data, I will donate that information t
  10. Wow, nice grouping from a lesser known and underappreciated niche of military service in WW2. MIS servicemen numbered around 6,000 and were present at every major battle against the Japanese. In contrast with the 100th Infantry/442th Regiment which were heavily publicized and photographed, the MIS was under strict wraps/secrecy with scarce photographs and relatively unknown during and after the war. Great pick up? pat
  11. I don't think that will help, Nick. His finger prints and skin oil has probably ruined the patina?
  12. Hi Nick, The 3rd does not look like an "Easy Green". But, given the long history of the helmet, who sold it, differing stories, maybe varnished at one point and being partially cleaned up and less than optimal photos, interpretation of your helmet is very problematic and collectors will shy away from this 3rd and the 1st as well. When Klima started the thread in 2009 he saw something he liked. Unfortunately he did not get the opportunity to personally study it at the time regarding its originality and least render a comment. Since then, the original patina has pretty much been lost an
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