Item:
ON8316

Original U.S. WWII Named Officer Ratan Sun Helmet from the Island of Morotai with Signed Document

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Original native manufactured sun helmet made from rattan that was used by U.S. troops fighting the Japanese from the 15th of September 1944 until the 17th of April 1945.

This unique one-of-a-kind hat belonged to:

1ST. LT. JOHN E. FULLER of the 2nd Bn, 31st Infantry Inf Div 1155th Inf. Regt.

Beautifully constructed with intricate patterns in different shades of rattan these hats were apparently far superior to the U.S. army issue headwear that was too heavy and failed to allow for adequate air circulation in the dreadful tropical jungle heat.

Best of all, included with the hat is a signed statement by Lt. John E. Fuller, dated January 3rd 2001 explaining the local situation concerning living conditions, this hat, and the war with the Japanese. Morotai was a Dutch Island occupied by the Japanese directly adjacent to the Island of Halmaheras on which 85,000 Japanese Soldiers were stationed.

An interesting look into the Pacific theatre by an identified American officer who was serving there together with a genuine locally made item that he used at the time.

 

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