Marine Corps News From World War Two: Helmet Deflects Sniper’s Bullet

CAPE GLOUCESTER New Britain (Delayed)

The new style American steel helmet has proven worth its weight in gold in fighting here. The fourth case where the helmets have stopped or deflected flying steel occurred in the battle for the Unnamed River today.
Corporal Frank Walker of Cedarhurst, N.Y., was advancing in battle line with his unit when a Jap sniper’s bullet struck his helmet squarely, an inch above his right eye. The slug sliced through the outer steel covering, changed its course and swept upward and out of the top of the helmet.
Walker wasn’t even scratched.

SSgt. Jeremiah A. O’Leary, combat correspondent.


From the 26 Feb 1944 issue of the Marine Corps Chevron

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