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There doesn't seem to be one dedicated master topic on the various CD Helmets from WWII, or the Cold War for that matter, just a whole lot of scattered ones, so lets lets add one more topic on them.

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This discovery I came across in a book on my neighborhood I got off Amazon recently, Wasn't aware of this, but as we see, select members of the WWII period CD were apparently assigned directly to their local fire departments and equally apparent that they were issued firemen helmets, and had special shield for them, (possibly paid for by the CD member???).

As we see here, just the shield is depicted, indicating that after the war ended, and these men were relived from CD duty, they could keep the shield, but had to turn in the helmet, in this case, the helmet being property of the City of New York. The unit, still in existence, is Engine Company 286 in Glendale Queens New York.

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That's interesting because in the fire service a single bugle denotes a Lt. That is also what is know as a high eagle shield because of the length of it. I would have liked to seen the helmet it came off of. NYFD has a historian or at least I would expect a department that size to have one and they also have a museum. Have you contacted them to find out more about it?

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That's interesting because in the fire service a single bugle denotes a Lt. That is also what is know as a high eagle shield because of the length of it. I would have liked to seen the helmet it came off of. NYFD has a historian or at least I would expect a department that size to have one and they also have a museum. Have you contacted them to find out more about it?

Nah I found this in a book I just got.

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Here's another example, a more beaten up example we see, this from a Newark NJ Company, with a different legend as we see with out the Fireman's Trumpet. Again only the shield is depicted, indicating the helmet it was on is city property and was removed before turning item in.

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Those are interesting. The high eagle helmet shields, depending on the city, had stopped being used in the late 50's early 60's and then they went to the shorter ones seen today. I don't collect shields but I wouldn't mind finding one of those. I'll bet they aren't many around and they bring in big dollars.

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