Early-WWII Major's Fixed Loop McCord M1 Helmet Shell (Mid-1941)
This original McCord manufactured fixed loop M1 helmet shell is ID'd to Major Assad G. Ferris, serial number O-482622. View the Veteran's Information section for more details regarding Major Ferris's military service. The considerably early heat stamp of 40C 3 dates the helmet's production to mid-1941 - months before the United States entered the war. In addition to the original stenciled identification, it retains its original factory paint, cork texture, and khaki chinstraps. The chinstraps feature the early cast-brass buckle, carried over from the M1917A1 helmet. The early style fixed loops are strong and intact. This helmet would pair quite nicely with a first pattern Hawley, St. Clair, or even an experimental liner.
Austin, Texas resident, Major Assad George Ferris, serial number O-482622, was born to Syrian parents on October 17, 1895. Ferris was a veteran of both world wars, first enlisting on September 15, 1917. After the United States entered WWII, Ferris enlisted again on July 13, 1942. He eventually retired on September 9, 1943 at the rank of Major. At 77 years of age, on April 3, 1973 Major Ferris died. Made available to the new owner are photographs of Ferris in his WWI uniform as well as those taken on the day of his reenlistment in 1942. Below, are Major Ferris's records from Ancestry.com. Normally, we would have also requested Ferris's complete file through a FOIA request, however this is unavailable at the time of writing - there is still plenty of research for the new owner to do!