militbuff Posted May 4, 2022 Share #1 Posted May 4, 2022 I just recently picked up this incredible helmet from a man who was a the neighbor of the Colonel. When he was a young boy in the 1950s, a Colonel B*R*I*D*G*E*S gave him the helmet. I’ve done some research on the Colonel and his full name was W. (William)D. (Denniston) B*R*I*D*G*E*S. He commanded the 1119th on D-Day, elements of which landed on Omaha at H+15 minutes right after the 1st ID. On July 30th, he was given command of the 5th Engineer Special Brigade (ESB) when the CO fell sick. He commanded the 5th ESB for the remainder of the war. He was awarded a Purple Heart and 3 Bronze Stars during the war and I imagine both the PH and one of the Bronze Stars were earned at D-Day. The helmet is in very good condition and you can easily see where the invasion white arc was originally painted on the front of the helmet until it was painted over sometime after D-Day. A really incredible helmet straight out of the woodwork! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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