WORLD WAR I
Helmet

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Description Model 1917 Steel Helmet: stamped steel one-piece helmet with rounded crown with flared visor around edges; leather chin strap with metal buckle attached to two swivels mounted inside; black oilcloth, leather, and cotton web liner secured to top of crown.

Ulysses Grant Carl was born on a farm near Picket, Wisconsin in January 1866, the son of Moses and Hannah Carl. Following his father's death in 1868, his mother moved to Oshkosh. He was educated in the Oshkosh schools and worked for Clark Carriage Company and J. L. Clark Manufacturing Company. When the Oshkosh Rifles, Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard, was formed in 1878, he enlisted at the age of twelve as a drummer boy. He was associated with this unit the rest of his life. He rose through the ranks to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and in 1898 was catain of Company F. He led the company during the Spanish American War and served in Puerto Rico. In 1916 he was promoted to Regimental Quartermaster and served in the Mexican Border Conflict. He was promoted to major on July 14, 1917 and commanded the 3rd Battalion 3rd Wisconsin national Guard and later was in command of the 3rd Battalion, 128th Infantry, 32nd Division in World War I, and was gassed in France. Following his recovery, he held a post at the Port of Brest, France and mustered out in 1919. He became the Adjutant of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, WI (near Waupaca) on April 9, 1923 and served their until his death in 1928. He was engaged to be married to Alma Leupold at the time of his death.
Dimensions H-4.5 W-11 L-12 inches
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Year range to 1919
Material Steel/Leather/Cotton
Object ID 522-5
Object Name Helmet
People Carl, Ulysses Grant
Used Carl, Ulysses Grant
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