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  1. Been thinking about it today, I was in an Air FAC - Ground FAC unit at the time, and we had some ROMADS in the unit. So the helmet might have been from one of the previous ROMADS.
  2. Thank you, upstairs in 98% done, there are two major projects downstairs. Then I'll convert the garage and make it the new miliraria/gun room.....Well I'll convert it IF we decide to stay here. Cool trivia about that helmet. If you pull the liner out there is a receipt dated Aug 1988 from the Rhein Main AB NCO Club. The wife had just arrived in Germany, we were staying at the Rhein Main Hotel for a few days before moving into our off base government quarters. We were in the middle of a Mobility/Chem Ex and as long as I was outside of any quarters I had to have my MOPP gear with me, and wearing my helmet and web gear. We hit the NCO Club for dinner before hitting our room. I cannot explain why I left the receipt there and why it's been left there all these years. The Kevlar helmet I wore during Desert Storm, has one of those US flags that people waive during parades etc. It's been in the helmet between the shell and liner straps since late 1990. Again why I never pulled it out I don't know......
  3. So in my opinion it's not a crew patch, morale patch or a TDY patch. With it having the AFSOC and ARSOAC emblems it might be a Joint Exercise commemorative patch or just a commemorative patch of sorts. I just can't figure out the significance of the 55 and what the emblem behind the 55 is or represents.
  4. Oh and the 1st SOS used the call sign Stray, again coming from the Stray Goose project. I honestly don't know if the Goose and Stray call signs carried over to later Special Operations MC-130s or not. Another thing is the emblem behind the 55 would be a backwards S, which is weird, and I don't see it being a G either, so I'm at a loss on this. Oh and on the previous post the 711th SOS decal was on my Jeep. I had to take a picture of it before I turned it over to the insurance company. I was with Talon I units 3 times. 7th SOS, 39th SOW Jul 88-Jul 92 711th SOS, 919th SOW Jan 96-May 00 711th SOS, 919th SOW Feb 01-Sep 08
  5. I'll throw a curve into this, the 711th SOS out of Duke Field, Florida flew the MC-130E Combat Talon I and their call sign was Goose. The MC-130E was a part of the Stray Goose Project, and where the Goose call sign originated. I don't know if the Goose call sign carried over to the MC-130H Comabt Talon II or to other AFSOC units or not.
  6. Here's mine.....Vietnam era shell, WWII era liner, woodland camouflage cover with some sort of netting over that. When I signed into my first unit on 05 May 1986, this was how this helmet was issued to me in my chem bag. When I left the unit in Jun 1988, I put a Plain Jane M1 helmet (Vietnam era shell and liner) in the bag in its place. This helmet followed me around the rest of my career. I don't know who had it before me, the strap around the shell is a leg strap from a M17 gas mask carrier and was on there when I got it. The name on the strap is mine. Old picture, the helmet is packed away, waiting on a my new militaria and gun room. Other Hurricane Michael repairs take priority over that.
  7. I've been compiling a list of all the Heat Stamp numbers I can find for the M1917 helmet. So far this is what I've been able to find. I've read of a possible W second letter unknown, and a ZL and ZM, but I've yet to see an example of those three. I also don't know of there are additional Z ones. Every so often I get bored and hit the auction sites, various militaria sites to see if I can find more. If anyone has any examples not listed I'd be apprentice if you would let me know, or an example of the three possible ones listed. Known Heat-Stamp Markings of WWI American M1917 Helmets: (This list is based on what I have actually seen, more heat stamps might be out there) UC W? ? XH YJ ZA ZB ZC ZD ZE ZF ZG ZH ZJ ZL ? ZM ? ZN
  8. Markings aren't an issue with me, as long as it looks like the ones we carried I'm happy. If they were like ARs and I would build one, an put the SN of the one I carried during Desert Storm on it. For some stupid reason, I still have the AF From 1297 Temporary Issue Receipt from it. But that is just dreaming. So like I said the markings are not an issue with me. Just like any M15 S&W I find won't be marked for the AF also.
  9. Again thank you to all that responded and answered my questions, and then some. Yalls knowledge was/is highly appreciated. I'm now pricing parts and looking for the parts to build a facsimile of the M16 we used in the 80s when I joined. Again thank you to all that replied and shared your knowledge with me. So I have an AR15 facsimile of the M16A2 Got a line on a Beretta M9 Commercial for the M9 Beretta In the process of finding everything for a facsimile M16 build Hunting for a S&W 4 inch barrel M-15 in any of the following revisions 15-1, 15-2, 15-3. This will give me facsimiles of the weapons I carried. Still have my drop leg holster for the M9 from Enduring Freedom along with the M12 holster from Desert Storm.
  10. Were our pre M16A2 guns also void of the shell deflector?
  11. All I can remember is the M16s we fired at Basic had the Atchisson Device on them, and they literally jammed every other round. Looked at my Basic Training book, while we didn't get pictures at the range, I found pictures in it from the same era. From the Basic book, looks just like yall said, no forward assist, and I can't really tell, but maybe a 3 prong suppressor. Two shots of the clearest pic is shown, plus two other pictures show the Atchisson Device on the rifles. So I would need to do a none Forward Assisted build with either a 3 prong or Bird Cage suppressor with either a solid or trapdoor buttstock. To stay true with the 80s era USAF used M16. I recall seeing M16s that we got from CATM, that had the word Auto either taped over with Burst or struck out by EP with Burst etched above it. Like I said for many years the M16s I shot were real mutts with uppers and lowers that were nowhere near or close to the same color. I didn't see my first new rifle until I fired the A2, and was caught off guard by it. Also I used the Atchisson Device in Basic and at my first unit (California). I didn't fire actual 5.56 ammo until June of 1989 3 1/2 years after I joined, when I was in Germany. Thank yall for all the help this far and for all the input, it's been very helpful and educational.
  12. I was in the USAF from Jan 86 to Sept 08, and I'm wanting to do representations of the weapons I carried while I was in. Which were the M16A1 (I assume, I know the had triangular handguards), M16A2, 38 S&W and Beretta M9. I seem to remember that the M16s we used in the USAF were mutts a lot of times. Trying to locate my Basic Training book (Yearbook), to see what the M16s looked like when we went to the range. I have an AR15 done up like the M16A2 we carried later, with the round handguards, fixed sight rail with the later style rear sight, etc. I'm wanting to do a build of an AR like the ones we used when I came in, triangular handguards, old style rear sight and so on, oh and obviously the fixed sight rail. Next question before the Aircrew switched to the Beretta M9, they carried S&W 38s. What I don't know is what version of the 38 we carried. As a Aircrew Life Support Technician we issued the side arms to the Aircrew, so we had to be qualified on that weapon. I remember, the 38s we carried were issued by the Security Police Armory, so I assume they came from their stocks. I've seen mention of M15, M10 etc but I don't have a clue. Got a line on a Beretta M9 commerical (So that M9 is taken care of). So what was the standard Secuity Police issue model of S&W 38 in the mid 80s? What was the actual model of the M16s we carried? Did they still have the old solid buttstock or did they have the trapdoor buttstock? My biggest issue is I wasn't that much into guns back then to pay attention. It wasn't until after I retired that I started collecting Mil-Surp weapons, and this nostalgia thing kicked in. Hopefully a fellow Air Force vet or a weapons nut will be able to answer my questions or steer me in the right direction. Thank you in advance for any help and information. Here's a quick shot of my AR15A2 representation, not 100% authentic but it looks the part and does the trick.
  13. ALS is Aircrew Life Support as it was our responsibility to inspect and maintain the googles. I remember inspecting them at Rhein Main AB Germany 88-92. Never dealt with them again after I left Germany.
  14. Correct me if I'm in error here. But this is the way we do it in the USAF, and as far as I know the same criteria flows over to other branches. The NDSM was authorized for....... Korean era service Jun 50 to Jul 54 Vietnam era service Jan 61 to Aug 74 With him retiring in 62 he would be eligible for the initial NDSM for Korea ear service, then qualified for the second NDSM for Vietnam era service. He retired approximately 21 months after the eligibility period for Vietnam era service opened. I see pictures of a lot of veterans with there ribbon rack not updated. My dad did 26 years and his was a disaster. Not every military member ran out and updated their ribbon rack as soon as the became eligible for an award. Plus if your records aren't updated, you can't wear an award just because you qualify for it. I've had an award take 2 years to make it into my records, so I couldn't wear it until then.
  15. Wow, simply amazing. My Schlueter helmet looks like it took a beating and then some.
  16. Ah duh, Army uses clusters not stars on the NDSM. Good catch I brain farted there, whereas in the Air Force we use clusters versus stars. I know in Korea he was assigned to Heavy Mortars Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. His Silver Star Citation: GENERAL ORDERS: Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 118 (December 31, 1950) CITATION: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Master Sergeant] Pomp Corley (ASN: 0-p2262320), United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against an armed enemy on 31 August 1950 in the vicinity of Changnyong, Korea. On that date Lieutenant Corley, then platoon sergeant of a 4.2 inch mortar platoon, was assigned the mission of rendering supporting fire to a battalion which was surrounded and was under attack by a numerically superior enemy force. Advancing to a forward observation post he exposed himself to intense enemy fire in order to direct the fires of his platoon from this position. When his platoon also became surrounded by enemy forces he inspired his men by his fearless actions to remain in place and continue their devastating fire upon the advancing enemy. Only when his position became untenable did he order a withdrawal. Leading his platoon in a skillful withdrawing action he succeeded in evacuating all his vehicles and weapons and all personnel without sustaining casualties. The gallantry and inspirational leadership displayed by Lieutenant Corley on this occasion reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
  17. Here's a named M1 liner with helmet that I recently found for $30.00. Named to Pomp Corley. Enlisted ASN as listed on liner: 6399256 Enlisted ASN according to online records: 06399256 Officer ASN according to online records: O-2262320 Chester "Pomp" Corley served with the 79th Infantry Division during WWII and the 2nd Infantry Division during the Korean War. His Silver Star action during the Korea War earned him a battlefield commission. His promotion to officer status was not permanent, when he retired he retired at the rank of Sergeant Major (E-9). Enlisted in Jan 1937 and was a First Sergeant (E-7) by Dec 45, by 1951 he is Master Sergeant (E-7) then a 2nd Lt (O-1) rising to the rank of Captain (O-3) before retiring as a Sergeant Major (E-9) in October 1962. Strange way the Army does things......... Awards and decorations that I can figure out from an article on him and from my research. This doesn't take into account, unit awards or awards that aren't medals, no slacker that is for sure! 1. Silver Star Medal 2. Bronze Star Medal 3. Purple Heart Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters 4. Army Good Conduct Medal 5. American Defense Service Medal 6. American Theater Campaign Medal 7. European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal 8. World War II Victory Medal 9. Army of Occupation Medal 10. National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 Bronze Star Device (Korea and Vietnam) 11. Korea Service Medal (United States) 12. United Nations Medal 13. Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal 14. French Jubilee of Liberty Medal (Not worn on Military Rack) His helmet liner has his pre WWII Service Number painted on it. After his commission he recieved a new Service Number, this is what made the research on him hard. The helmet is a rear seam, manganese steel rimmed Schlueter made helmet (Schlueter only made helmets during WWII). The paint on the helmet appears to be from the Korea War period. The liner is a Firestone made liner, and has the front rivet hole typically found on WWII liners. He served in the US Army during three wars, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. I need to get a period helmet chin strap, and the leather liner strap to restore this helmet.
  18. $30.00 for a Schlueter (RS) helmet with a named Firestone liner.
  19. Depends on what you are looking for. IE There are standard items that go into the Survival Vest and Survival Kit, but then there are MAJCOM additions to the vest or kits, then throw in the fact as to where they are at. Example an ACESII survival kit out of USAFE would be configured differently than one from Tyndall AFB. If you can give me an ideal as to what you are wanting, I can get headed in the right direction.
  20. The current USAF TO for back style parachutes is 14D3-11-1.
  21. - Lot Number: 506A - Type of bales: Swivel, - If a swivel bail, number of welds: 3 - Type of rim: Manganese - Seam location: Back - Weld spots on the rim in the area of the bales: No - Extra weld spots: No - Chin strap: None
  22. As stated it's a BA-22 (IIRC), has the MD-1 bailout bottle, the CRU-60/P oxygen connector, with the D-ring handle and attachment it was most likely used in trainer (IE T-37 or T-39) aircraft. The connector on the handle is connected to the seat in the aircraft and auto-deploys the chute during man-seat seperation.
  23. Stupid question, I know when I came into the AF my dogtags (un-notched) were stamped one way, and a few years later during a mobility exercise, it was discovered that they we stamped on the wrong side, was told I needed to get a properly stamped set. That said the ones in question with the NOK on them looks to be stamped from one side, while the one that is known to real is stamped from the other side. IE Real one the notch to upper left with the letters inset Unknown ones the notch to the upper left the letters imbossed Wouldn't they all be stamped the same way since the notch was for aligning them in the machine? Or am I just looking to deep?
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