Identified Front Seam Fixed Bale M1 Helmet with Net
The World War II M1 combat helmet of Daniel T. Mock of Ashland, Pennsylvania, who served in the Army and who, according to his obituary, was a participant in the Battle of the Bulge. The helmet, which was acquired from Mr. Mock’s estate, is a front seam example with fixed bales. The exterior paint is nearly 100% intact, with the standard loss of paint to the helmet rim. The helmet is covered with its original camouflage net, held in place on the helmet by the original olive drab netting band. The helmet net has a few holes but it is largely intact and complete. The liner is a Westinghouse example. The Both the liner and the helmet itself retain their chin straps. The exterior paint of the liner is largely intact, and affixed to the front of the liner is the castle insignia of the Army Corps of Engineers. The helmet shows interior wear to the liner, but overall it is in excellent service used condition. The helmet is accompanied by several documents and two pieces of insignia. These consist of an embroidered used patch for the U.S. Army III Corps; the wool chevron of a Technical Sergeant (appropriate for a soldier serving in the Corps of Engineers); a folding pamphlet with various English phrases translated into a variety of European languages ( the phrases being the type that a soldier would find useful, such as “I am American”; “I am hungry”; “Are the enemy nearby?”; and “I need civilian clothes”); an undated wartime Christmas card sent to Sergeant Mock with a handwritten note from “Edith” (she must have been special; she wrote that “It’s been a mighty long time since we seen each other, Dan, but you can bet I haven’t forgotten you for a minute.” Sergeant Mock obviously kept this card for decades, from World War II until his death at the age of 97 in 2015); and a World War II rifle score book with Mock’s name written on the cover, The book contains entries showing Mock’s scores on the rifle range in August of 1943. The documents all were folded for many years and show age, but they are legible. The group includes a printed copy of Mr. Mock’s obituary, as it appeared on the website of a Pennsylvania newspaper. The obituary includes a color photograph of Mr. Mock wearing a “Veteran” T-Shirt and a “World War II Veteran” baseball cap.