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ROBERT LENELL HELMET
Sgt Robert Lenell, D Company, was seriously wounded on 27 October 1944. Norb Studelska recalled, " I found my squad leader, [Sergeant Bob] Lenell, and his foxhole buddy, [Private Jodie L.] Parsons, the victims of a tree burst above their hole. Lenell had bad knee wounds and Parsons’ legs were dangling from his upper thighs."

Undoubtedly, the men were quickly evacuated and in the scramble, Lenell's helmet was left behind.  Today it is
on display in Groesbeek, Holland.  The helmet today is in he possession of Michel Clements, renowned collector and militaria dealer. All the photos shown below were provided by Dutch resident Arthur Rottier..

Display
features the helmet on the manikin of a Lieutenant
Lightning Streaks
were the mark of the 508th 2nd Bn.


Side View
of the lightning streaks


Webbing
remains intact

Personalization
Robert scratched his surname into the helmet liner
Amy Lenell
granddaughter of Robert Lenell (Co D) was hosted on 17 May 2014 by Arthur Rottier in touring 508th sites of importance in the Beek and Bemmel area.
The tour took Amy to where her grandfather, a mortar squad leader, was wounded in Bemmel, near the farm Den Heuvel. On those fields is this little chapel, erected in 1946.  It has had fresh flowers ever since.


508th Monument
in Beek was also visited


Personal Collection
of Michel Clements was the next stop

Amy
holds a photo of her grandparents which can be viewed here.

Amy inspects the interior of her grandfather's helmet

Lightning Bolts
were the 2nd Battalion's insignia

Michel Clements
holds an All American division patch dug up in the Groesbeek area


Kelso Horne
is also featured in Michel's collection

Vet Door
is signed by Amy in memory of her grandfather

Day of Memories
ends with Michel and Amy beaming
   

 

 

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