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  1. http://www.businessinsider.com/titan-i-missile-silo-beale-2014-10?op=1

     

    http://www.calcoldwar.org/Titan-Missile-Page.php

     

    There was also a really creepy government complex in Stockton. I'm hesitant to say much about it but was hoping someone else will know the site. It looked like a typical industrial park with a few buildings connected by enclosed walkways but there was a massive underground complex that went down multiple stories I don't know how many but it was impressive and I never went down to the bottom frankly I just wanted to get the heck out of there. It looked like the workers had just up and left suddenly there was tons of equipment and files strewn around. Multiple observation chambers as well. Super creepy stuff was left there. Anyone else familiar with this site? I knew the night security guards that were paid to watch the grounds of these abandoned buildings for several years. It's one of those experiences where you see an unassuming building surrounded by fences and razor wire and start wondering what's really in there lol.

    Can you be more specific about the Stockton site? What years was this?

  2. What is the light ?

    Sorry, it's a UV light which brings out florescent colors. The florescent reflection fades over time, indicating age.

     

    Helmets on right and left are original, as the florescent reflection on those two has faded.

     

    Like I said, other tests were conducted on the paint but this one is the easiest to show with a picture.

  3. I wanted to take a scientific approach so I brought it to an art restoration specialist. Her analysis led her to conclude the helmet had been painted within the last 10 years. Here is the only test the really gives it away via a picture. I have it next to my two other helmets to compare the florescent colors still present in the paint on the recent one versus my other two that are 50 years old.

     

    IMA has already sent me a pre-paid shipping label to have it returned. No sign of any foul play on their part. They make mistakes and learn, just like the rest of us. I'm happy.

     

     

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  4. IMA was extremely gracious and told me they would refund me the full cost. They had no reason to believe this was a fake, but given that they can't produce provenance, they fully understand why something like this could be questioned. It was refreshing to deal with someone in this industry that doesn't take a offense to customers questioning provenance. I can truly say there was no malice on the part of IMA here.

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    All it says is:

     

    NGUYEN VAN UT

    SQ. 70/107361

    LM

     

    Not sure what it means besides his name.

     

    This looks to be the vet, assuming multiple people didn't have that name, although I can't make out what insignia he is wearing.

    http://vnchtoday.blogspot.com/2015/03/thuong-phe-binh-tqlc-nguyen-van-ut.html

     

    Doesnt look like Ranger. I don't think it was ever claimed the tag and helmet came from same person. It looks as though SQ is year: "70" and ID number "107361"

  6. The veteran I purchased the helmet from souvenired (stole) the piece from a ARVN jeep outside the Cho Lon PX (Post Exchange) in Saigon. He stated that the ARVN officer was busy buying items from civilian employees who were allowed to purchase items from our PX for the black market.

     

    Still would like some close-ups on the tiger if you're willing. The more information I can get on these the better.

  7. I'll second The M-1 Helmet of the World War II GI by Pieter Oosterman. Has a lot of good information on fix bails and a lot of information about the different types of liners and their hardware. Very useful for trying to date a liner, sweatband, or nape strap.

     

    As aef1917 mentioned, it only focuses on fixed bail helmets, so it would be worth while supplementing it with another book that's a bit broader

     

    Any recommendations on a broader book?

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