Nickman983 Posted November 8, 2022 Share #1 Posted November 8, 2022 So this is a bit of an interesting one. Just got it in the mail and figured I'd share it here since I could use some help making sense of the markings. The helmet is a late WWII produced M1C with a heat stamp of 1158E I believe. The liner is a late WWII Firestone that's been rigger modified for airborne use. Both the helmet and liner have received the same paint job. Marked with a 1st Lt. Bar, a 48th Infantry Division insignia on the wearer's right side, a small white stripe with the number "51" in red above it on the rear, and some black/yellow marking on the wear's right. The 48th infantry division was a national guard unit from 1946 to 1955 before being reorganized as the 48th armored division. The 48th used the red/white star beteen 1949 and 1955. The helmet is marked to two soldiers, Sgt. Earlton Deans and Ronnie Thompson. I believe the helmet originally belonged to Earlton Deans. His name/serial number seem to be present under the repaint. From what I've been able to see, it looks like Earlton Deans had several stints in the army, Enlisted in 1946, was discharged in 1947, then enlisted again in 1950, discharged in November of 1951, and then enlisted again in December of 1951 and was discharged in 1962. I was also able to find a newspaper article of an accident he was involved in that indicates he was stationed at Fort Bragg in 1952. As for Ronnie Thompson I haven't had any luck so far. On top of having his name under the brim of the helmet, his last name is also painted faintly on the brim of the liner, above where another name was previously painted. My suspicion is that Mr. Thompson was a member of the 48th Div but without any additional information I haven't been able to confirm this. There's a few things on this helmet I need help making sense of. First would be the white marking on the rear and the black/yellow marking on the left side. I'm not sure if the marking on the rear is meant to be a sort of shortened follow me bar or if there might be another meaning behind it and I haven't found anything on the marking on the wearer's left just yet. I'm also unsure why the M1c chinstraps/liner A-yolks would have remained on the helmet after it was no longer being used by an airborne unit. If anyone has any insight on either of those topics I would love to hear it! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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