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This is my latest aquisition, a front seam, swivel bail, USN helmet with an ID'd Capac liner to a Mouton RE. I was told by Troy (forum member) that USMC and NAVY often wrote their last names first followed by the first and second initials. I would like to know what other members think. More importantly I'd like to verify if the name on the liner is indeed a USN Chaplain from WW2 (or other war). I've never initiated a search like this, can anyone offer some starting suggestions?

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Is the cross actually painted on or done with a permanent marker pen? It's a WW2 shell with a 50s liner and 70s sweatband. The navy guys on the forum have often described the "re-cycled" ship-board helmets they used, so a mix of parts is not unusual.

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Navy lids are notorious for multiple reuses. So, someone can use it for a Chaplain and later it gets matched up with a different liner and someone elses name. I am concerned that the name is written on the sweatband. This is an unusual place to put it since a little sweat and wear would have it rubbed off in no time. I can't find anything in my information on the name either.

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I agree. I think the liner was added by someone after the shell found it's way into the civilian market, especially with the headband in backwards.

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The liner aside though, The shell is interesting and I like the look of it. Has anyone ever seen the use of a blue cross? Or could it be just what was available at the time? I have seen other Navy helmets in a darker blue color, like the cross.

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Yeah, I like the helmet, I'd sperate the liner from it since I don't believe they were ever really together in military use. All the liner does is render questions, not answers.

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Assuming my PC is showing the correct color of the helmet shell I would say it is of the Vietnam - Cold War period.

 

Larry

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Assuming my PC is showing the correct color of the helmet shell I would say it is of the Vietnam - Cold War period.

 

Larry

I'm getting the same color also Larry. You can also see the remnant of some apple green showing through the gray so, I think this really places it in the 'nam time frame.

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I sent a request to NARA to see if the name has any relation with a Chaplain. We'll see if anything results from it. The color of the helmet is a light grey. It has clearly been painted over as you can see from the photos that green paint is exposed on the front.

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