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Object Name Helmet, Military
Catalog Number 1987.046.01
Description This is the fiberglass liner, or inner shell, to a WWII/Korean War era fixed bail helmet. Outside is painted a matt olive green, inside is brown with fiber glass strips visible embedded in resin. Removable leather chin strap.
Other Name Helmet liner
Collection LCHS Military Collection
Year Range from 1950
Year Range to 1953
Provenance Howard Thiel graduated from Central High School and served in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Texas. After his service he returned to La Crosse and was employed by Seemann Lumber Co., managing lumberyards in Sparta and La Crosse. The armpatch with a canon, red lightning bolt, and tank wheel is from the 1st Armored Division, once nicknamed the Old Ironsides. The yellow on the patch stands for cavalry, the blue stands for infantry, and the red stands for field artillery. The patches with the two green chevrons indicate the wearer achieved the rank of corporal. The pin with an eagle on top of a wheel with crossed swords is a U.S. Army Quartermaster pin.
People Thiel, Howard
Search Terms Korean War
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