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Need a value - Named 187th ABN Parade Helmet w/ Grouping to Korea-era Ranger
Old 11-12-2019, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default Need a value - Named 187th ABN Parade Helmet w/ Grouping to Korea-era Ranger

I'm looking to get a retail value for this grouping.

The grouping is to a listed Korea-era Ranger (3rd Ranger Co), who like most of the other Rangers, went to the 187th Airborne when the unit was disbanded. He is named in the unit's excellent history record, The Cold Steel Third, with a minor anecdote about him recounted among their combat exploits in Korea.

The helmet is a late-WWII rear-seam stainless-steel rim M1C (IIRC these RS SS rim helmets were made in Nov of '44 using the last remaining stainless steel rim strips in stock, almost all of them in paratrooper configuration), with a 187th decal under old varnish. These were known to be used in parades, ceremonies and inspections. Condition is almost mint, but for very light staining on the sweatband. Liner is 1953-dated rigger-made para liner, all 1950s stock webbing. It is named and serial numbered to the soldier in yellow paint in the liner and shell interior.

The documents are mostly from the paratrooper's time in 187th. A full list of orders from his assignment to the 187th, up to later when he served in Vietnam. Sadly, his orders to the 3rd Ranger Co are absent.

There are hundreds of photographs of the unit in an extensive album, featuring life in the barracks, field exercises, and I think combat exercises in Korea. Lots of pictures of jumps and airborne ops and the uh, occasional scantily-clad Korean/Japanese "girlfriend". Really great personal photos.

There are original group photos with the 3rd Ranger Co, and lots of post-war reunion and newsletter material relating to the Rangers. There is a 1st draft of the unit history that would eventually become the Cold Steel Third publication. Also, there are publications for the 187th, published albums and booklets and the like. I'm told some of these are pretty uncommon.

There is a large plywood RANGER tab sign, I suspect was from the original 1st Ranger Co HQ in Korea.

Lastly, his Vietnam-era Bronze Star, Air Medal and ARCOM certificates are present, along with graduation certs for airborne school, anti-aircraft school, letters of commendation, etc.

It is uncommon to find such a helmet with such an excellent grouping. Normally I would not be eager to part with this set, but the man looking to buy this is a specialist in 3rd Ranger Co history, and can get better use of this set than I will. What is the appropriate price to ask?
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