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   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 Charlottesville, Virginia..

(Photos courtesy of Frits Janssen of Mook, 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, Virginia.

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 in action.

Pfc Price was awarded the Silver Star Medal by authority of HQ, 3d Armored Division, G.O. No. 25, 1945.