Helmet, M1, Fixed Bales, Firestone Liner, US Navy, F1c Kelly Glynn, USS South Dakota, PTO
Great genuine WWII USM1 helmet with front seam and fixed bales, manufactured by McCord; shell number 56E indicating an early production; early canvas strap with 1st type brass buckle and hook. Though hardly legible, name Glynn K.W. has been handwritten on the front of the shell. Delivered with its original liner, manufactured by Firestone, complete with web straps and leather sweatband; blackened-brass A washers; leather chinstrap hallmarked United Carr. An amazing and homogeneous set, in excellent overall condition.
Kelly Winslow Glynn was born on November 19, 1921 in Mexico, Missouri and joined the US Navy on August 3, 1942 in Los Angeles, California (service number 6338860). He was posted to USS South Dakota (BB-57) two months later as a Fireman 3rd Class and went on to serve aboard this ship for a couple of years at least -- according to the muster roll, he had reached the rank of Fireman 1st Class by July 1944. He passed away on February 15, 2004.
Commissioned on March 20, 1942, the USS South Dakota was engaged in the Pacific Theater of Operations in October: taking part in the Battles of Santa Cruz and Guadalcanal, she returned to the US for repairs and was subsequently deployed in the North Atlantic for a while. The ship was transferred back to the PTO and subsequently participated in the major battles: the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign (1943-1944), the Mariana and Palau Islands campaign as well as the Philippines campaign (1944). In 1945, USS South Dakota was involved in the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and even bombarded Japan on three occasions. Decommissioned in January 1947, the battleship was awarded a total of thirteen Battle Stars.
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