U.S. Army Rifleman
1st Special Service Force
Kiska Island, Aleutian Islands - Alaska
August 15th 1943
This Soldier illustrates the equipment that was worn by a rifleman assigned to the 1st Regiment, 1st Special
Service Force (1SSF) during Operation Cottage - the invasion of Kiska Island, Alaska - August 15th 1943.
The Japanese Armed Forces occupied the two western most islands of the Aleutian Island chain - Kiska and
Attu since June 6th 1942.
The 1st Regiment 1SSF landed 5 hours before H-hour, embarking from the APD U.S.S. Kane and an LST. The
force rubber boated ashore at Quisling Cove (Beach 9-Blue) on the island's western side. The order was to
clear, secure and mark the beach landing area ahead of the main landing by 0630 hours.
The Gear:
M-1 Helmet
M-1 Helmet Liner, made by Firestone
M-1941 Arctic Coat with 1SSF and Amphibian Training Force 9 Patch on left sleeve
M-1923 Dismounted Cartridge Belt, made by HINSON MFG CO. 1942
M-1936 Musette Bag, made by ATLANTIC PRODUCTS CORP. 1942
M-1910 Dismounted Canteen Cover, made by BAKER-LOCKWOOD MFG CO. - 1941
M-1910 Canteen, made by T.A.C.U.CO. 1943
M-1 Bayonet, made by U.C. (United Cutlery)
M-1942 First Aid Pouch
M-1936 Suspenders
MK-II Fragmentation Hand Grenade (early pre-1942 High Explosive yellow paint)
Front left and right, above photos.
Rear view, left photo.
Inside view of M-1 Helmet Liner, right photo.
This liner was made by Firestone. The suspension is made from Triple Herringbone Twill (THBT) and is held to the liner with
zinc plated "A" washers.
Contents of the M-1936 Musette Bag, above photo.
This M-1936 Bag belonged to a Pacific Veteran named PFC John William Dietz 33198097 and pictures
the memorabilia that he brought home at the end of the war. The M-1936 Bag was made by the
ATLANTIC PRODUCTS CORP 1942 and is hand marked J.W.D. 8th and ink stamped D8097. The first
knife is made by WESTERN - BOULDER COLO with a leather scabbard marked with his full name
and service number. The smaller knife is made by UNIVERSAL No 3204 and is marked J.D.
The bag also contains a small spoon and fork (usually obtained to eat from the K and C Ration cans
- the mess kit utensils were a bit over sized for this task), a Basic Weapons Field Manual, a Falcon
camera and a M-1912 Belt.
The yellow tag in the front is a U.S. Army Air Forces Air Transport Command Cabin Identification
Tag. The tag is dated 1943 and was used to identify gear the was being transported.
It is not known if this tag was from his departure from or arrival to the United States.
PFC Dietz was born in 1921 and joined the United States Army from the District of Columbia on
September 26th 1942.
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