Coast Guardsman prizes his battered helmet. It saved his life on the invasion beaches of France. He was knocked down when a Nazi 30 claiber machine gun bullet tore a two inch hole in his tin hat. He escaped the incident with a minor scratch to the head.
USN Chief Petty Officer Edward Wartzleff was one of only 335 survivors of the USS Arizona which sunk after exploding during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 1177 crew members perished. Wartzleff died Sept 2013 at the age of