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My father was a rifle platoon leader in the 7th Division's 17th Infantry Regiment during WWII. At least some of the helmet nets worn by the 7th Div. dogfaces during Operation FLINTLOCK on Kwajalein Atoll were hand-woven by civilian women in Hawaii and given to the division before the operation. The men were issued paint and instructed to paint their helmets themselves in a camouflage pattern. The colors were a shade of green and a mustard-yellow. Most of the men retained the nets and the painted helmets for Operation KING II on Leyte in the Philippines and Operation ICEBERG on Okinawa.


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My father was a rifle platoon leader in the 7th Division's 17th Infantry Regiment during WWII. At least some of the helmet nets worn by the 7th Div. dogfaces during Operation FLINTLOCK on Kwajalein Atoll were hand-woven by civilian women in Hawaii and given to the division before the operation. The men were issued paint and instructed to paint their helmets themselves in a camouflage pattern. The colors were a shade of green and a mustard-yellow. Most of the men retained the nets and the painted helmets for Operation KING II on Leyte in the Philippines and Operation ICEBERG on Okinawa.

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Always looking for and buying 50's era 11th Airborne/ 187th ARCT/ 82nd Airborne tac mark painted jump helmets!



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unterhund - I always thought the gear used by the 7th Division was among the most distinctive and interesting, but it was hard to find good references on the details. Your information is just the kind of thing that helps to fill in the picture. It also explains the great variation in patterns. Here's a screencap from WW2 in HD. There were a couple of good shots showing 7th Division helmet camo and the first in color that I've ever seen.

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Hmmm, the camo'd M1's used by the 7th ID may have looked like this...

 

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And one more for the road.

 

32nd Infantry, 7th Infantry Division boys after the battle.

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This is an older photo (thus the size)... But this one was owned by Al Borrows. A truly untouched Pacific Theater camo with net.

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