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Love those painted 26th Division helmets!

Will post a few of mine soon when they get in.

Field of interest in WWII and always interested in purchasing items related to the following:

26th Infantry "Yankee" Division

Army Nurse Corps

Purple Hearts/Medal Group (KIA/WIA) to ETO men

Purple Hearts/Medal Group (KIA/WIA)

KIA Purple Hearts specific men

 

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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81st Division. Here's a question, though. Anybody have an idea about the meaning of the letters surrounding the "wildcat" division symbol? I assume one letter probably represents the company, but the others have me stumped. Any help appreciated.

 

 

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Anybody on the Forum snag this 2/5 helmet on EBay? It went for a whopping $1647.99. Obviously a traceable piece with initials' MES'  A nice item but why such a high price?


 


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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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I acquired this from a fellow member, but don't believe he posted a picture of it here. I've seen a few of these 101st FA helmets but never one with this detailed of artwork.

I really like this helmet, but what I really want for my collection is a 101st ammo train or 101st infantry. Would consider a trade for one of those, but otherwise am keeping it in my collection.

 

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I just found this helmet at an antique shop yesterday. The price was right but the helmet is odd to say the least. The helmet is a WW1 US discarded helmet as denoted by the punched hole and red stripe across the top. What is odd is the painted fifth marine regiment insignia painted on the front of the helmet. All parts of the helmet appear to be the same age.

 

Was this a possible VFW hall display piece or a discarded helmet the a marine had painted and taken home for a souvenir?

 

Any thoughts? Thanks Caleb

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I just found this helmet at an antique shop yesterday. The price was right but the helmet is odd to say the least. The helmet is a WW1 US discarded helmet as denoted by the punched hole and red stripe across the top. What is odd is the painted fifth marine regiment insignia painted on the front of the helmet. All parts of the helmet appear to be the same age.

 

Was this a possible VFW hall display piece or a discarded helmet the a marine had painted and taken home for a souvenir?

 

Any thoughts? Thanks Caleb

 

"Was this a possible VFW piece"... I like that theory.

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81st Division. Here's a question, though. Anybody have an idea about the meaning of the letters surrounding the "wildcat" division symbol? I assume one letter probably represents the company, but the others have me stumped. Any help appreciated.

 

 

 

It represents the division's motto "Obedience, Courage, Loyalty".

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An honest 1st Field Signal Battalion helmet with the red painted star I picked up a few months ago. This one has some true trench art on it (or bored on the boat), with a heart/arrow motif on one side and USA scratched in the back.

Liner has the name G C Gill, but I haven't been able to track him down yet.

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In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

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An honest 1st Field Signal Battalion helmet with the red painted star I picked up a few months ago. This one has some true trench art on it (or bored on the boat), with a heart/arrow motif on one side and USA scratched in the back.

Liner has the name G C Gill, but I haven't been able to track him down yet.

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May I see more of this helmet as I cannot open the .jpg attachments?

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