I was in my next door neighbors garage setting her sprinkler timer when I noticed a helmet sitting on a shelf. Whose helmut, I asked! She said it was her husbands when he landed aboad a glider in the Netherlands.
Well, that's interesting....may I see it? What's with the hole I asked? She said a piece of shrapnel hit his helmet and knocked him out for a day or so. His only visible injury was a badly cut up ear and they said they were going schedule surgery to repair it, but they never got around to it so they sent him back to his unit and the battle. I asked if I could borrow it to take some pictures....she said sure....and here they are:
I discovered that he was a member of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division that landed in Holland during Operation Market Garden. I only seen him once with a 82nd Airborne hat on.....he never talked about it! Damn!