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Marine M1917A1 Helmet


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I'm looking for some opinions on this M1917A1, it has a hole drilled for an EGA. What's interesting to is that it has "U.S.M.C" stamped under the heat stamp of the helmet. I've never seen a helmet stamped like this before.

It was really bright outside, but here's some photos in natural light, with flash.
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Notice the "B" scratched into the liner. It looks like someone used some type of leather treatment on the liner.
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The Marine's name is scratched into the helmet.
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Has anyone seen anything like this "USMC" helmet stamp before?
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Any opinions on the authenticity of the hole drilled for the EGA? Also, if original, what type of EGA should be mounted on the helmet?
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I haven't see that before, but wonder if the USMC wasn't added at a location where soldiers and Marines frequented the same training areas (like Oahu) so if it was lost, it could be identified as USMC property. 

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8 hours ago, MattS said:

I haven't see that before, but wonder if the USMC wasn't added at a location where soldiers and Marines frequented the same training areas (like Oahu) so if it was lost, it could be identified as USMC property. 

 

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9 hours ago, MattS said:

I haven't see that before, but wonder if the USMC wasn't added at a location where soldiers and Marines frequented the same training areas (like Oahu) so if it was lost, it could be identified as USMC property. 

I hadn't thought of that before, but that makes a lot of sense as to why someone would stamp a helmet like this. I hope to research the owner of the helmet soon, maybe it'll shed some more light on the history of the helmet.

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