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WWII Local Hospital Chaplain and Police Civil Defense Helmets


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Hello all,

 

I have always had a slight interest in the civilian services during the war (CAP/CD) and recently got these two local helmets from a dealer friend. They're not in perfect shape but they're still good and I'm a sucker for local stuff. One is your standard Civil Defense Auxiliary Police with the name "Sikking" written in it. The other is more interesting. It's hand painted from a Louisville, Kentucky Hospital known as St. Anthony's. I'm still looking into their involvement in the war but I presume this belonged to one of the hospital's chaplain as it has the elongated cross of a Civil Defense Chaplain. I am not super well versed in Civil Defense yet so anything else you can tell me would be greatly appreciated! Thanks and enjoy

 

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GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard              ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR                      ACW               Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR                  ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID       WWI                WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co.           WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID    WWII              WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70                     WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div         Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div     Vietnam

 

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Here is the hand painted hospital helmet

 

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GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard              ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR                      ACW               Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR                  ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID       WWI                WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co.           WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID    WWII              WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70                     WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div         Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div     Vietnam

 

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I think that helmet was marked for a medical care provider: the hospital name and red cross would clearly ID them as medics/MD's in a crisis situation.

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I think that helmet was marked for a medical care provider: the hospital name and red cross would clearly ID them as medics/MD's in a crisis situation.

 

That's what I believe for the most part as well, I just was never sure as it has the elongated cross compared to the standard shortened red cross for medical personnel that other CD helmets use. I know there were some chaplains assigned to the hospital so I wasn't sure if the cross being stretched rather than equal on all sides would point to more of a hospital chaplain than actual medical personnel or if I was just overthinking it (which is likely). Thanks for the input!

GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard              ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR                      ACW               Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR                  ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID       WWI                WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co.           WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID    WWII              WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70                     WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div         Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div     Vietnam

 

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