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Early painted M1 helmet


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I thought I should start showing off my collection. Here’s my early production M1 helmet, it has the early hawly liner and khaki chinstrap with fixed nails. The soldier who owned it was in Africa and Italy, the battalion insignia is on there but I don’t remember the number. There is a yellow circle which I assume is a sun. Might I add it’s a McCord manufacture.







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Bill the patch, you are right but that was Pacific Theater only from pictures I’ve seen. 

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A lot of identical helmets to yours minus the white marking (yellow ball over blue/grey stripe) were actually used by naval construction battalions on DDay. I think your sailor may have been there as well. Here's mine identified to a 146th NCB guy who wore this on Omaha for reference



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