Cool M1 Helmet found today

Discussion in 'Related Gear' started by a2jacketpatches, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. a2jacketpatches

    a2jacketpatches Active Member

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    I asked about this on USMF but not much of a response, that's usually a good thing. If it was a questionable piece in any way shape or form, everybody and his brother would be slinging speculation and criticism at it. Pics aren't that great so here's what the brass plate says and what little info I could come up with.

    United Nations Command - UNC

    Eighth Uinted States Army - EUSA

    U.S Army Aviation School Motto - "ABOVE THE BEST"

    And all I could find regarding ABN GAWEDA was some info on Command Sgt Major Gaweda of the 18th Airborne Corps. Quite a history on this guy found here -
    http://www.benning.army.mil/infantry/oc ... %20Bio.pdf


    Brass plate says -

    CPT J.D. JOHNSON

    CO UNC EUSA HONOR GUARD

    "ABOVE THE BEST"

    FROM (ABN) GAWEDA

    DEC 71

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  2. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Active Member

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    Lucky you, that is a beauty. Do you have any pics of the inside?
     
  3. Andrew

    Andrew Well-Known Member

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    Wow, amazing looking piece. Certainly not stealth

    I was just showing my boys my Viet era Aussie M1 before bed tonight. It belonged to a childhood mates Dad who was a Nasho and he traded it with me in the mid 70's. Makes it look quite plain.
     
  4. a2jacketpatches

    a2jacketpatches Active Member

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    I'll get some better photos and put a few more up. The interesting thing here is that it says CPT. J.D. Johnson and 6 years after this helmet was dated Lt. General J.D. Johnson was commanding the very same unit, the entire Eighth United States Army in Korea. And being FROM (ABN) GAWEDA as stamped on the brass tag, could it be Command Sergeant Major Tadeusz Gaweda of the 18th Airborne Corps? It almost seems crazy to assume not. Calling U.G and Couchy!!!!
     
  5. unclegrumpy

    unclegrumpy Active Member

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    I think so, but could not find anything to confirm it. I did see there is a book about him that is inexpensive....it might be worth getting a copy to see if it helps lock this down:

    http://www.amazon.com/Love-America-Memo ... usz+Gaweda
     

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