Grouping, James R. Buss, US Navy Shore Patrol
Genuine WWII US Navy grouping, which belonged to Chief Botswain's Mate James R. Buss, Sr. (1924-2016).
The present lot is composed of an M-450 summer flying helmet on top of which initials SP (standing for Shore Patrol) in yellow felt material have been embroidered, and a white pistol belt on which a theater-made leather sheath intended for the baton is attached. The name Buss, J.R. has been stenciled on the inner side of the belt.
Shore Patrols were initially made up of Navy personnel temporarily assigned to limited law enforcement missions ashore. Their main task would consist in making certain that servicemen on liberty did not cause trouble.
Note: the baton is not part of this grouping and is displayed here for illustration purposes only.
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