This helmet has been authenticated as that
worn by Pfc Wilbur M. Price who was KIA in January
1945 near Thier du Mont, Belgium during the Battle of The Bulge. Pfc Price was
awarded not only the Purple Heart but also the Silver Star. Both
medals may have been posthumously awarded.
Note that Pfc. Price's ID of "7232P" was
written on the helmet ensuring that the helmet was part of his equipment.
Private First Class Price's body
was temporary buried at the Henri Chapelle cemetery, Belgium.
His remains were
expatriated after the war ended and his final resting place is in
(Photos courtesy of Frits Janssen of
The Netherlands. Mr. Janssen is the Chairman of the "Remember September 1944" foundation
Application for a grave marker and resulting stone
erected in Riverview Cemetery, Charlottesville,
Wilbur enlisted in the
Army on 12 May 1943 and became a member of Company E, 508th PIR.
Pfc Price was listed as
missing in action on 25 December 1944 but it was not until 9 January
19445 that his body was recovered and he was officially listed as killed
Pfc Price was awarded the
Silver Star Medal by authority of HQ, 3d Armored Division, G.O. No. 25,