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NEED HELP! WW2 US M1 Helmet with Soldier ID. Possible to track down?

Article about: So I recently picked up a WW2 Front Seam fixed Bale M1 Helmet for \\$15 from a guy who found it in a box with a bunch of other antiques when he moved into a new house. He wasn't sure if it was

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    So I recently picked up a WW2 Front Seam fixed Bale M1 Helmet for $15 from a guy who found it in a box with a bunch of other antiques when he moved into a new house. He wasn't sure if it was real or exactly what it was so that's why I got it for so cheap!! He told me it would have ended up in the dumpster along with all the other stuff left up in the attic so he's glad I was interested. Anyways, there is a name and number written inside the helmet. First in pencil "P Smith 980", then written over top with a marker "Smith 980". I am guessing the 980 is either a division number or a service number? Is there any way of tracking down a possible soldier who wrote this? If so, I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could help me out, as I do not have a clue on where to start searching. Thank you so much to whoever can give me info! Pictures are posted below

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    Sadly, with that name, and with only three numbers to go on, research will be a needle and haystack sort of deal.

    Still a nice helmet and a good deal.

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