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WWII Fixed Bail Marine Painted Helmet


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I bought this fixed bail painted helmet today, which I believe is a Marine helmet. It is named to a Francis A. McGowan 35919508. I found what I believe is his obituary online. It seems he was an artillery guy based upon his obituary and the red paint on the helmet. He served in the 1st battalion, 15th marines, 6th marine divison. He was in the Mariana's and Okinawa. Does anyone know what the paint is, and what it represents?

Thanks

Dave

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