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Old 03-29-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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I picked this flight helmet up with the intention of stripping off all the paint and restoring the original insignia on the back of it. It had been over-sprayed with military OD paint to cover the personalized style. You could see the outline of an ace of spade and the D-6 under the over-spray paint.
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:38 PM   #2
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More out of curiosity I ( with the help of my thumbnail) tried to pick a little of the over-spray off of the "Delta". To my surprise with a lot of pressure I could get some of the overs-spray to flake off.
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:40 PM   #3
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More work with thumbnail
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:42 PM   #4
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This just tore the heck out of my fingernails but I didn't want to take the chance of hurting what was under the paint.
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:45 PM   #5
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BIG SUPRISE! The skull with the conical hat was a big suprise. Had no idea it was under the paint. You can imagine it made my day!
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:52 PM   #6
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The finished product! It actually took almost 4 weeks to pick the paint off the
insignia. I would have to rest 3 days to let my finger nails recover from the scraping process. Once the insignia was uncovered I carefully used some mineral spirits and a q-tip to clean the areas away from the insignia.

Now I need help! Though you can't see it in the photos there are some words above the skull. It says "CROW" I believe.
Under the skull you can just make out what I believe to be either " MAVERO"
or "MANERO" The pilots name.

I believe he was a commander as he has the "6" on his helmet. Anybody have any idea how to research that? I would love to at least find out his unit.
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:54 PM   #7
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.....c'mon..c'mon...it's a stunning helmet
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:10 PM   #8
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Congrats on persistance.
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Fantastic job!
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WOW, that's Impressive, congratulations on a great find.

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Old 03-30-2014, 08:29 AM   #11
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Well worth the effort, congratulations!!
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:07 AM   #12
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Fantastic results based on your hard work. Congratulations!!!

From what I have been told the triangle colors refers to a tail marking. The painting on the helmet I have seen before but cannot place it.

The only other thing that I can provide is the the helmet belonged to a member of either A Company or the first platoon.

Will post more when I find out.

Congratulations again.
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The finished product! It actually took almost 4 weeks to pick the paint off the
insignia. I would have to rest 3 days to let my finger nails recover from the scraping process. Once the insignia was uncovered I carefully used some mineral spirits and a q-tip to clean the areas away from the insignia.

Now I need help! Though you can't see it in the photos there are some words above the skull. It says "CROW" I believe.
Under the skull you can just make out what I believe to be either " MAVERO"
or "MANERO" The pilots name.

I believe he was a commander as he has the "6" on his helmet. Anybody have any idea how to research that? I would love to at least find out his unit.
Not a incredibly common name either way, so possibly a good starting point would be in the US Army officer registers. If he was in as I would assume circa 1968 (even as a 2nd Lt) he would be in here. As it lists the branch, dates entering service, etc. would be quite possibly easily run down to pull a full name by the process of elimination. The 1970 and 1971 are not online as far as I know but 1969 and earlier are.


http://archive.org/search.php?query=...0and%20Navy%22

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Thanks DMK and Anamsati! I got some research to do. I'll post what I find out.
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Also forgot to add the militaryusa.com website. Last time I used it was free (maybe 14 years ago now?) but now is pay to play and is on the expensive side.

http://www.militaryusa.com/mainvietnamvets.shtml

Also another great source is the "Records of Awards and Decorations of Honor During the Vietnam War, created 5/1969 - 3/1973, documenting the period 12/1965 - 11/1972", but only if he was awarded a decoration (AM, SS, LOM, DSC, etc) can you get a correct hit and narrow it down from there.


http://aad.archives.gov/aad/fielded-...at=WR28&bc=,sl

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