WWII Swivel Loop McCord M1 Helmet Shell (October 1944)
This original WWII U.S. McCord manufactured front seam swivel loop M1 helmet shell is in well-used condition. It is ID'd to Staff Sergeant Jose A. Dancel, serial number 10733272. S/Sgt. Dancel enlisted on December 1, 1946 in Hawaii. View the Veteran's Information section for more details regarding S/Sgt. Dancel's military service. The heat stamp of 1048D dates the helmet's production to October 1944. It retains its original factory paint, cork texture, and khaki chinstrap. The chinstrap features a unique modification. A rumor began circulating among combat infantrymen that a nearby explosion could snap the neck of a soldier if his chinstrap was tightly buckled beneath his chin. This rumor even made its way up the command chain and an order was issued to all men serving in the ETO, prohibiting the wearing of a helmet with its chinstrap fastened beneath the chin. Some M1 helmets' chinstraps are too short to be buckled around the rear of the helmet, so the owners of these helmets would often remove just enough of the chinstrap's bartack stitching to extend the length of the strap, as was done on this example. This helmet would pair very nicely with a high pressure helmet liner with blackened-brass A-washers.
Jose A. Dancel was born on May 15, 1924 in Camden, Delaware. Shortly after the conclusion of WWII, on December 1, 1946, Dancel enlisted in the United States Air Force in Hawaii. His gravestone shows he qualified as a WWII veteran and even served throughout the Korean War and Vietnam, eventually rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. At 81 years of age, Dancel died on September 13, 2005. He is laid to rest at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetary. Made available to the new owner, below, are Dancel's records from the National Archives.