WW2 US Navy Officer's Tropical Service visor cap.
A typical post 1941 example of a mid to late war junior USN Officer's visor cap, worn with a tropical tan top (for summer season and tropical tours). The cap is of a lightweight construction with ratton weave band stiffener. Note that the top is also stiffened. The USN side buttons match those of the tunic and trousers, and are gilt, while the chinstrap is faced in gold-wire. The peak is leather and shows sunning from use and storage. The USN device is in two parts are is possible made by Viking. The cap is a Zephyer model, made by Bancroft.
WW2 US Navy Officer's Tropical Service tunic.
This uniform tunic, complete with matching trousers and visor cap, is attributed to a USN Lieutenant. As with the cap top, the jacket is also made from a lightweight tan coloured fabric, and features gilt buttons. The shoulder boards, made by Viking, are covered in black felt with gold braid and silver-wire bullion, denoting the wearer to the rank of Lieutenant. The Maker is Al Berman Inc. of Philadelphia.
This Officer must have had a colourful wartime service, as his medal ribbons display the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.
WW2 US Navy gun crew's steel helmet.
This early war USN M1 helmet dates to 1942, and features a front seamed stainless steel rim with fixed bales. The chinstraps are typical of all wartime examples, being bar tacked to the bales, and fitted with the brass hook and buckle system. The shell has been painted blue grey and displays a scarlet number 16, denoting a gun crew position on a destroyer or carrier. The liner is olive drab and has a horizontal strip of medical tape to the front, possibly for a name. The shell is a McCord, heat stamped 245R, while the liner is a Capac.
It would seem that some USN helmets were painted quickly in batches, as is evident by the paint on the chinstrap. Also worth noting on this fixed bale example, is the raised bar on the brass chinstrap buckle, a feature removed in 1943 with the introduction of swivel bales.
For more details on identifying and dating a US M1 helmet to WW2 please read our article, which can be found here.
WW2 US Navy crew's steel helmet.
A typical example of a USN steel helmet shell, dating to mid-war. As was common the shell is factory issued in olive drab and painted grey by the wearer or personnel of the ship or establishment. This had the result that many USN M1 helmets are found in diverse shades of grey or blue, or indeed in other colours. Made by McCord and heat stamped 779.
WW2 US Navy Officer's steel helmet.
White washed shell and liner. Front seamed shell with tan webbed chinstraps and brass buckle device, on swivel bales. The shell has the remnants of OIC stencilled to the front in black, suggesting Officer in Charge. The shell shows several coatings of paint, including blue grey, and is made by Schleuter with heat stamp 90A, while the liner is a Capac. The helmet dates to 1943.
WW2 US Navy steel helmet.
An unusual yellow shell and matching liner, stencilled FPS at the front and SS on each side, possible for a High frequency radar, directional operator. The shell is front seamed with swivel bales and tan chinstraps, while the lining metalwork and chinstrap buckles are brass. The shell is a more commonly encountered McCord. The liner is made by Mine Safety Appliances. Dating to 1943.
More information: You may find this website on US Navy abbreviations interesting.