USM1 Navy Chaplains helmet
Very rare early USM1 fixed bale front seam helmet for a U.S. Navy Chaplain. The helmets exterior bears the markings for a Catholic combat chaplain. These chaplains were on the front lines administering the last rite to soldiers mortally wounded or ones that unfortunately have passed. They also conducted religious mass services in the field. U.S. Navy chaplains served attached to various units in both theaters of operations. Conducting prayer and regular services where ever they were located including the ships deck or on the beaches of Normandy. The helmets exterior shows use and aging. Some areas of rust and combat wear are present as well. The two large cross and navy insignia on the front are nicely hand painted in white paint. The detailed photos below will provide more detail. The helmet retains its web straps with early brass hardware present some blue paint transfer is also present. Some fraying and separation can be seen. The helmet's liner is painted in the same blue paint. Manufactured by the firm « WESTINGHOUSE ». It is complete and in very good condition overall. A rarer and desirable example of Chaplains helmet.
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