Late-WWII MSA Infantry M1 Helmet Liner (ID'd)
This original late-WWII MSA manufactured M1 helmet liner is ID'd to William James Wessner, serial number 33982733. View the Veteran's Information Section for more details regarding Wessner's life and military service. The liner's exterior retains its original olive drab factory paint finish. It features blackened brass A-washers, dating the liner's production from mid-1944 to 1945. The khaki suspension is strong and intact; it comes complete with its original George Frost Co. manufactured headband. Inscribed on the headband's leather is the veteran's name and serial number.
William James Wessner was born on August 5, 1909 in Maxatawny Township, Pennsylvania. Shortly before the conclusion of WWII, on April 10, 1945, Wessner enlisted in the United States Army in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wessner received his honorable discharge from the Army on July 30, 1946, while stationed at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. At 95 years of age, Wessner died on January 11, 2005. Made available to the new owner, below, are Wessner's records from the National Archives as well as Ancestry.com.