WWII Helmet Heads Home

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 11:03am

Collector tracks down family of man who wore helmet on D-Day.

Decades after D-Day, a piece of history will be returning to a soldier's family on the east coast, all the way from Minnesota.

Gary Peterson of Spring Valley purchased this piece of history years ago, before recently finding out who it actually belonged to.

After sitting on the shelf for 10 years, Peterson decided to take a closer look at a WWII helmet.

Located deep in the webbing was the name "R.H. Damon."

After searching the Internet, Peterson was able to contact a relative of R.H. Damon.

Peterson made a phone call to his son, named Roger, living in Vermont.

"I called him and I said, 'please don't hang up, I'm not a telemarketer I'm not trying to sell you anything, but I may have something that could be very interesting to your family. And he said My god, that's my dad's helmet," said Peterson.

Capt. Roger H. Damon rushed the sands of Utah Beach on D-Day and made it to France alive, but his helmet was lost during the battle back in Germany.

Peterson's research shows in January of 1946 the newly promoted Maj. Roger H. Damon was slated to return to the United States from Berlin.

His duffle bag was packed up and shipped out, but Major Damon never made it home.

Major Roger Damon was killed in an accident when a piece of debris struck his head.

In a telephone conversation between Peterson and Roger Damon Jr., Damon Jr. explained that this helmet brings to an end the family's search of personal items for Major Roger H. Damon.

Peterson says he doesn't plan to mail the helmet back to Vermont but instead hand it to Damon Jr. personally.

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