Lt. Wire's M-1 “Fixed Bale” with Firestone Plastic Liner
The shell’s exterior is painted in light textured olive drab and portrays a white painted lieutenant’s rank bar welded to the front brow. The rim edging is made of stainless steel. The shell’s interior is painted smooth olive drab and has two “fixed” (immobile) square chinstrap loops. The loops hold an early style chinstrap with stamped brass buckle and sharp “J” hook. In the right side, the helmet is named to “Lt. Wire.” McCord’s manufacture lot number reads “161D” or “167D,” which place the production date near May 1942.
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, designated by the “F” inside a shield dome stamp, made this helmet in or around 1944. The Herringbone twill cotton suspension is attached with blackened brass “A” washers typical of a late war issue. The liner also shows a late war headband with “clamped teeth” buckle adjustment and a late war chinstrap assembly.