U.S. 2nd Lieutenant's M-1 Helmet with Inland Liner
This is a World War II era (1939-1945) American M-1 helmet worn by a second lieutenant. The helmet shell is an early WWII model with fixed chinstrap loops, stainless steel rim, webbed chinstrap with brass buckle, and a McCord Manufacturing lot number of "25E" (which dates the helmet during the early production period of mid-1941 through early 1942).1 The shell's interior has remnants of surgical tape and the wearer's laundry number "3254," which is unidentified. Also written in pencil to the inner shell are the names, "Marchel Anderson, Capt. Tom Wop, Morgan Watson, Andy Scoggins, and Adam Baker."
The liner is of 1943 construction by the Inland Manufacturing Division. It includes olive drab twill webbing, a leather sweatband, and green painted "A" washers. Note how the sweatband is directly connected to the back neck strap to better secure the helmet to the back of the head, a common adjustment during WWII. Featured to the liner's front is a gold second lieutenant's rank bar.
|United States||World War II|
|Infantry Helmet||1941 — 1988|
|McCord Radiator and Manufacturing Company|