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M1 Steel Helmet with Fragment Hole
M1 Steel Helmet with Fragment Hole

"This is standard issue for everybody, and it is probably the most perfect combat tool that the United States Army every managed to devise. It is a bathtub, it is a cookpot, you could ... be used to drive stakes with it. You could, in a pinch, shovel with it, if you needed to dig yourself a hole. And, incidently, it's saved quite a few lives somewhere along the way, whether your chin strap was buckled or behind the, the informal style, behind the helmet, and so on. this one, as you can see, did save a life, although it probably doesn't look like it from the ventilation there."
Orville C. Shirey
Courtesy of National Japanese American Historical Society