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I am possibly purchasing this fixed bail, Hawley liner helmet, and I can't seem to decipher what the painted signal flags mean. The three translate to Charlie, Juliet, and Sierra (CJS). However, I believe these three together have a meaning. I read through my research that there is a Navy WWII code book that may have the translation. Can anyone help with this? Does anyone know what the flag translation means?

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ships often used the flags to represent its initials. ie: USS CJS. My first ship had them painted on the side of the pilot house

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Could be the sailor's initials. Watch out for sailors with paint brushes!

 

Most ships would probably use their 4 letter call sign instead of just ships name initials.

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I did look into it being a call sign, it doesnt have 4 flags though. I know the first flag seems to always be a Nan (N), then follow by three flags. I always seem to come across the mysteries in this hobby. Lol!

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I did look into it being a call sign, it doesnt have 4 flags though. I know the first flag seems to always be a Nan (N), then follow by three flags. I always seem to come across the mysteries in this hobby. Lol!

Thats what makes it interesting.

 

Marty

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That is not a call sign. All call signs are 4 letters. USN and USCG start with N. This is a guys initials. I was a USN Signalman for 26 years. Taught by a WW2 Vet SM.

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It is very interesting and addicting. Lol! It is frustrating when I can't figure something out though. Would have been nice to talk to the vet who wore it, then I would have been able to pass on its meaning and history. A lot of the helmets posted on here have names and paint that will never be known. History that can be touched, but the story is lost.

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That is not a call sign. All call signs are 4 letters. USN and USCG start with N. This is a guys initials. I was a USN Signalman for 26 years. Taught by a WW2 Vet SM.

 

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mans initials

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Sigsaye, is it possible the three flags together have one meaning? I read they did that in WWII.

. From what I can remember of the WW2 Signal book, and the International Code of Signals from that era ( had copies of both), no. 3 letter signals were not part of any signal book I recall. Its a guys initials. Very commonly done.
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