The Shore Patrol is, more or less, the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Navy, at least it was back when I was a sailor. "SPs", as they are called, are responsible for maintaining good order among sailors on liberty and in port.
These SPs are shipmates of the sailors that they're posing with. A pretty jolly bunch, wouldn't you agree?
These guys are full-time SPs on the lookout for some poor sailor who needs to get a tune-up for daring to have the cuffs of his jumper folded up.
Lookout mate, he's comin' our way!
Interior view shows a quite complete suspension save for the damaged nape strap.
This liner has a stable one and one half inch crack in the front; the work of a sailor wielding a beer bottle perhaps?
The Firestone logo in the dome of the liner.
Liner with the Shore Patrol brassard in yellow and navy blue wool. This one is from the 1960's from a ship's company SP , my brother Joe, aboard the U.S.S. Belmont (AGTR-4), one of the good guys.
Standing pierside waiting for the liberty hounds to come thundering down the brow.
The haircut and posture are very much that of a career man, but 'lo! what do I spy behind the bollard?
Could be anyone's, though it is odd that its still so frosty cold. Hmmmm, must be a ship's company SP after all.
accession number: MOA hrey 97
U.S Navy M1 helmet liner in Shore Patrol livery
Acquired 1998, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Purchase price :$7.00
Condition: very good