Original U.S. WWII USMC Named Pressed Fiber Sun Helmet by Hawley Products Co Dated 1943
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nearly mint condition genuine United States Marine Corp WW2 sun helmet. It is complete with the original EGA insignia, named to GARRETT, R. found stamped in multiple locations on the helmet with a complete liner and chinstrap nicely marked on the interior:
CONTR No. NXSX-35878
CONTR Date Aug 9, 1943
The fabric exterior was treated, during pacific theatre use, with a water resistant paint which is still present and in excellent condition.
History of the USMC Press Fiber Sun Helmet (courtesy of militarysunhelmets.com):
When the helmet of the United States Marine Corp in World War II is discussed it is likely the M1 steel helmet with the famous herringbone twill cover. But in fact this wasn’t the only helmet used by the USMC.
The pressed fiber sun helmet which was first adopted by the USMC on October 1, 1940 saw use throughout the Second World War. Two companies, Hawley Products Company and International Hat Company, manufactured the helmets and more than 100,000 were produced.
While the pressed fiber helmet saw use by all branches of the military it is most recognized as a helmet of the USMC. In fact, it was widely used as a training helmet while production of the M1 steel helmet was ramped up.
The pressed fiber helmet was actually officially adopted and entered service prior to the M1 helmet, while it remained in service with the US Navy until the 1990s, more than a decade after the M1 helmet was retired from service. This makes the pressed fiber helmet one of the longest serving types of US Military headgear. It saw use in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada and even Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
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