USMC Japanese Bringback Helmet

USMC Japanese Bringback Helmet


This WWII soldier inscribed USMC veteran bring back helmet retains 85% of the original paint finish. The helmet is in very solid condition given its age and shows heavy combat use. The original Imperial Japanese star is present at the front with minor patina present. The interior has a three-pad brown leather liner, and all 3 pads appear to have sweat stains and darkening from the Japanese soldier who wore the helmet previously. The liner band is leather and in very well preserved condition. The cloth chin strap is still intact and is still originally tied on the left side of the helmet, however, is broken off on the right side tie band. Upon capturing this helmet USMC soldier James N. Bacon engraved his name with a sharp point on inside back flap with his name ‘Jim B’.

From the family of James N. Bacon:

“Jim graduated from Salem High School in 1942, immediately enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. Jim saw WWII action in the South Pacific, including the island of Peleiu. Jim also served during Korea and Viet Nam, retiring from air traffic control as a Major in 1970. After James' retirement from the Marine Corps, the couple moved to Eugene, where Jim taught Communication Skills in the Language Arts Department at Lane Community College for fifteen years, retiring in 1986. Jim also served on the Springfield School Board for seven years, 1978 to 1985.”

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