Grouping, 1st Lt. Fred Dakin, 128th Field Arty Bn., 6th Armored Division, Bastogne, ETO


Scarce genuine WWII US Army grouping, which belonged to 1st Lieutenant Fred W. Dakin, 128th Field Artillery Battalion, 6th Armored Division, made up of the following items:

- water-repellent case for sleeping bag, manufactured by Cameo Curtains, Inc. and dated 1944;
- rubberized cloth briefcase manufactured by Crawford Mfg. Co. and dated 1941;
- OD serge wool trousers dated 1941, size 31 x 33;
- two OD flannel shirts -- one is dated 1942, size 15 x 33, and retains a 6th Armored Division shoulder sleeve insignia;
- khaki cotton shirt;
- two dark OD garrison caps -- one is dated 1942 and retains a 1st Lieutenant rank insignia;
- two khaki cotton garrison caps;
- set of various manuals, including three from the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, dated 1942;
- pair of low rubber overshoes manufactured by Eskimo;
- couple of instruments (protractor, framing square...);
- 6th Armored Division Roster of Officers;
- M1 helmet, featuring front seam and swivel loops, manufactured by McCord, shell number 972E (early canvas chinstrap with brass buckle and hook);
- helmet liner manufactured by Firestone, complete with leather chinstrap, khaki cotton suspension and neckband, russet leather sweatband and OD-painted A washers (the outer surface is adorned with a 6th Armored Division insignia and a 1st Lieutenant rank insignia).

Nice homogeneous set, in quite good overall condition. Most of the aforementioned artifacts bear some of the following personal details: name Fred W. Dakin, officer's ASN O-1172826 and laundry number D-2826.

See below for further information.


Frederick Williamson Dakin was born on September 17, 1914 in Scranton, Pennsylvania and joined the US Army on April 18, 1942 (ASN 33182621). He was soon commissioned, deployed to Europe with 128th Field Artillery Battalion, 6th Armored Division from July 1st, 1944 to August 14, 1945 and was wounded in action during the Battle of the Bulge. A recipient of the Bronze Star with three Oak Leaf Clusters, he was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant on December 20, 1945 and passed away on December 7, 2002.

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