WWII U.S. Inland M1 Helmet Liner (ID'd)
This original early-WWII Inland manufactured M1 helmet liner is ID'd to Joe Wallace Hardman, serial number 14141370. View the Veteran's Information section for more details regarding Hardman's military service. The exterior retains its original olive drab factory paint finish. It features non-painted steel A-washers and a khaki suspension, dating the liner's production from mid-1942 to mid-1943. The khaki suspension is damaged throughout. It comes complete with its original headband and quite rare brown-painted, flat-buckled leather liner strap - both of which are in equally rough condition. This liner would display quite nicely if paired with a fixed loop helmet shell.
Cobb County, Georgia resident, Joe Wallace Hardman, serial number 14141370, was born on August 28, 1916. Hardman enlisted in the United States Army on November 4, 1942. He was medically discharged in April 1944 following a diagnosis of otitis media (an infection of the ear often resulting in hearing loss). At 89 years of age, Hardman died and is laid to rest at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens, Georgia. Below, are Hardman's records from the National Archives as well as a copy of his obituary and link to his gravesite. Normally, we would have also requested Hardman'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!