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American heads under helmets, a photo album

In November 2004, we started accumulating photos of helmets with American heads underneath them. Why? Because.We have five pages of "Helmet" photos for you to browse. Some will make you proud, some will make you sad, some will make you laugh, some will make you all of that, and more. They all reflect our culture, our people.

February 7, 2005


Meet SSgt Jessica Clements, US Army, hero. While in Iraq, Jessica was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device while traveling to the Baghdad Airport in a truck. She was struck along the left side of her body, especially at the hip and shoulder. These injuries alone were serious. But the shrapnel and blast overpressure (detonation waves) damaged both sides of her head and brain. We have seen a report that three large veins were bleeding dangerously in her head. In short, SSgt. Clements was in very bad shape. Following God's divine intervention to save her, Clements (left) walks to the Zachary & Elizabeth Fisher House on the grounds of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, under the protective watch of her mother, Kim Wyatt, who is staying at the house during her daughter's extensive treatment. Physical, occupational and speech therapies are part of Clements' routine. Photo credit: Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune, August 6, 2004, presented by the Star Tribune. Talking Proud also did a summary report about her. When seeing what she has gone through, this editor doesn't know whether to chill with pride or cry, so he does both.


Not "tongue and cheek," rather "tongue and ears!" Resi Stieger of the U.S. sticks out her tongue while wearing a helmet with attached ears of a toy tiger during the women's combined event at the Alpine skiing World Championships in Santa Caterina, February 4, 2005. Photo credit: Wolfgang Rattay


"If I have to explain, you would never understand." A motorcycle helmet covered with stickers is seen on a bike seat during a Bike Week event in Samsula, Florida March 8, 2005. Daytona Beach, Florida and the surrounding area host the annual Bike Week ten-day event attracting motorcyclists of all varieties with over 500,000 expected this year. Photo credit: Rick Wilking, Reuters


Sitting in dad's seat on a Huey. Kim Douglas Sistrunk was only a year old when the helicopter her father, 1st Lt. Leslie F. Douglas, was flying was shot out of the skies over Vietnam. His war buddies John Goosman, Randy Clark, and Jim Coleman came from all over the country to be with her in Tupelo as she took her first Huey ride—in the same seat where her dad sat. Kim said, "I had lived with the pain of not having my father for many years, but I never really understood just how my father's death affected his comrades. All that changed when we sat together in the Huey and just talked." Kim's story represents a lot of stories of children who lost their fathers in Vietnam. For her, meeting the men who knew him in war brings answers and comfort and a connection she's always wanted. And for the veterans themselves, it is a healing experience they'd hope will come for others. Photo credit: Sarah Beal, presented by "In the Shadow of the Blade."


Too bad, your editor is from Buffalo! Do you know, there was a time in our lives when a four year old child had come to believe every Super Bowl had the Buffalo Bills in it! Buffalo Bills' Willis McGahee flexes his muscle after scoring his second touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005. The Steelers won, 29-24. Photo credit: Don Heupel, AP


Son has lost his dad but wears his helmet. Eileen Bellew (botom-L) wife of fallen New York City firefighter John G. Bellew, places Bellew's helmet on their three-year-old son Jack's head as members of the FDNY salute outside St. Margaret's of Antioch Roman Catholic Church in Pearl River, New York, January 27, 2005, following Bellew's funeral. Bellew, a 10-year veteran of the FDNY from Ladder 27 was fatally injured battling a three-alarm fire in the Bronx section of New York City on January 23. He is the 1,130th member of the New York City Fire Department to die in the line of duty in the Department's 140-year history and one of three firefighters in New York who died on January 23. Photo credit: Mike Segar, Reuters


Mayhem on wheels. Manhattan Mayhem team captain Ginger Snap tightens a wheel on her skate before the first ever Gotham Girls Roller Derby exhibition bout between the Mayhem and the Brooklyn Bombshells at the Skate Key rink in the Bronx section of New York, November 12, 2004. Photo credit: Jeff Zelevansky, Reuters


Ya gotta make that gate. Bryna McCarty, of the United States, sets up for a gate on her way to the 11th fastest time in the first training run for the Lake Louise women's World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Canada on Tuesday Nov. 30, 2004. Photo credit: Frank Gunn, AP


Do not oppose my hand of vengeance. A US soldier is seen with an inscription on his helmet calling for vengeance in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, 50 kms west of Baghdad. it reads, "Death shall befall those who dare oppose my hand of vengeance," followed by a list of names: Lamont Wilson, Snoop Doc, Bear, Pickering, Slocum. Photo credit: Mehdi Fedouach, AFP


Rockin' and rollin'. White Water rafting in West Virginia. Preesnted by


Hang on Sloopy. MotoGP rider Colin Edwards takes a turn at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur on November 23, 2004. The American rider is in Malaysia for a three-day test. Photo credit: Bazuki Muhammad, Reuters


Those sailors get all the breaks! U.S. Magazine cover girl and model, Leeann Tweeden, departs the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), in the Gulf south of Iraq, December 15, 2004. Truman's and embarked Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3), enjoyed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's Holiday USO Show starring Former National Football League Quarterback, John Elway, Television Personality and Model, Leeann Tweedan and Actor Comedian, Blake Clark. The aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in ongoing military operations over Iraq. Photo credit: Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson, Reuters


Standing memorial to fallen soldiers. A U.S. Army helmet rests atop an M-16 rifle in the center of a dining facility at the U.S. military base of Camp Victory in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, November 25, 2004, as a memorial to fallen soldiers. On a dangerous mission far from home, American troops had a Thanksgiving celebration of their own. But this memorial serves as a reminder of those who have fallen. Photo credit: Faleh Kheiber, Reuters


Heroes wear helmets. Marines wear helmets. First sergeants wear them too. Marine 1st Sergeant Brad Kasal (in the middle) fought through the recent major offensive in Fallujah, Iraq. Sgt. Kasal sacrificed his own safety to save a room full of fellow Marines. He ended up taking several AK rounds in the leg. Most of his lower leg was blown away but you can't tell it from this picture. He took rounds in the back but was saved by his body armor. He took one round through his butt which passed through both cheeks leaving 4 holes in him. And he also took the brunt of a grenade blast. He jumped on top of a younger Marine to cover him from the fire. He killed the terrorist who did most of the damage to him and his men, and despite a massive loss of blood he never stopped fighting. Notice that he's still holding his pistol., and everyone is still wearing their helmets.


Controlled chaos! The pit crew for Nascar driver Jimmy Johnson finish his final pit stop as he went on the win the Mountain Dew Southern 500 Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. Photo credit: Mary Ann Chastain, AP


Blackhawk on patrol. The shadow of a gun and helicopter is cast on the helmet of a U.S. Army Blackhawk gunner flying over the holy city of Najaf January 25, 2005. Photo credit: Marwan Naamani, Reuters


Wearing the colors. Presented by the New York City Fire Department.


Capital City Racing Team members skate a pace workout during practice on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at Skateland South in Springfield, Ill. Team members are from left to right, Jordan Edwards, 12, Bill Lewis, 29, Megan Gillis, 8, and Haley Hay, 9. When racers compete, they look similar to the speed skaters on ice in the Olympics. Some athletes even switch back and forth between inline and ice speed skating. Photo credit: Kevin German, The State Journal-Register, AP


Screaming through "Shady 2." Top U.S. finishers Mark Grimmette and Brian Lawrence slide through "Shady 2" during the first heat of the doubles competition of the Viessmann Luge World Cup at the Verizon Sports Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y. Saturday, December 4 2004. The team placed fourth in the race after two heats. Photo credit: Todd Bissonette, AP


Vietnam War story authorization. Photo from 1970 Winter issue of the 1st Cavalry division magazine "The First Team". Presented by Vietnam: The Soldiers' Story


Nice teeth! Lindsey Kildow of U.S. reacts after crossing the finish line at the second place during the women's downhill Ski World Cup race in Santa Caterina Valfurva, near the Italian resort of Bormio, January 6, 2005. Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria won the race ahead of Kildow of and Hilde Gerg of Germany. Photo credit: Max Rossi, Reuters


A citizen-soldier's fire helmet walks the line. A fireman carries the helmet of New York firefighter and a member of the U.S. Army 69th Infantry, Christian Engeldrum, after his funeral at St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church in the Bronx in New York December 9, 2004. Engeldrum, 39, was killed in action November 29, 2004, while on active duty serving with the U.S. Army National Guard in Iraq. Photo credit: Shannon Stapleton, Reuters


The flight crew "Missing Man" table. "They are unable to be with us this evening and so we remember them. The table, set for one, is small ...The tablecloth is white...The single rose reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades who will not return...The glass is inverted - they cannot toast with us tonight....The chair is forever empty - they are not here." An extract from a toast to the "Missing Man." Photo credit: Steve Shepard at the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Association 2000 Reunion


There's a driver in there someplace! United States' A.J. Allmendinger of the RuSPORT Racing team drives his car during the final race of the Champ Car World Series 2004 season at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Mexico, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004. Photo credit: Eduardo Verdugo, AP


The skeleton race, high speed, prone, head-first, one person. USA's Kevin Ellis starts his first run during the America's Cup men's skeleton race Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, in Park City, Utah. He finished in third place. The event was held at the Utah Olympic Park, venue for the 2002 Winter Games. Photo credit: Douglas C. Pizac, AP


Huey Crew Chief Helmet. This flight helmet was worn by John Lynch on the day he was injured, 2 July 1967. The helmet has bullet holes on the visor area and blood stains on the chin strap. Photo credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History.


These boys just changed tires. Pole winner Ryan Newman takes on four new tires during a pit stop at the NASCAR Checker Auto Parts 500, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Photo credit: Jason Babyak, AP


C'mon, get around that curve. Hyo-Jung Kim of Fullerton, Calif., skates to win the 1,000-meter final race at the Bosideng ISU World Cup Short Track speeding competition in Madison, Wis., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004. Kim captured gold. Behind is Amanda Overland, who placed second. Photo credit: Andy Manis, AP


Our Canadian brothers fought valiantly. Workers are framed as they prepare Victory Square for Rememberance Day ceremonies in Vancouver, British Columbia November 10, 2004. The square has just undergone extensive renovations that include light poles designed like helmets worn by Canadian soldiers during World War I and II. Ceremonies honouring Canadian soldiers killed from the Great War up to present day Afghanistan were held November 11. Photo credit: Andy Clark, Reuters


Checkin' the padeye. From left, Engineman 3rd Class Daniel Jimenez of Sun Valley, Calif., Engineman 2nd Class Mariano Quinto of San Diego, Calif., and Airman Dustin Cloin of Seattle, Wash., repair a switch on a sliding padeye aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), November 9, 2004. A sliding padeye provides good load control for cargo lift..The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is conducting sea trials for the first time since arriving in her new homeport of San Diego, Calif. Photo credit: U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Chad McNeeley


A good run. Shauna Rohbock (front) and Erin Pac racing on USA 1 celebrate after finishing the second run of the women's Bobsleigh World Cup competition in the eastern German town of Altenberg, December 3, 2004. The bobsled team of Germany 3 won the competition ahead of team Germany 1 in second and team USA 1 placed third. Photo credit: Arnd Wiegmann, Reuters


Solidarity with 911 victims in "The House." A sticker expressing solidarity with victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center is seen on a helmet at the Port Monmouth Fire Co., Middletown Township, N.J., November 2, 2004. Photo credit: Jeff Zelevansky, Reuters


Matt Kanseth's championship year. Kenseth pit crew is one of the main components of the team's success this season, November 2003. Photo courtesy of


This cheers "Bodes" well. U.S. ski racer Bode Miller, of Easton, N.H., winner of the World Cup Downhill race at Beaver Creek, Colo., Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, cheers on teammate Daron Rahlves who finished second. Photo credit: Ed Andrieski, AP


"Dusty Dog" Britos awaits her flight. U.S. Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 3rd Class Rocio Britos, assigned to the 'Dusty Dogs' of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Seven, talks to colleagues as she awaits her flight on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, in the Gulf south of Iraq, in this photograph released on January 12, 2005. The Carrier Air Wing Three embarked aboard Truman is providing close air support and conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq. Photo credit: Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson, US Navy


Smokin' down that course. Tony Benshoof of the U.S. slides down the track during first run of the men's Luge World Cup in the eastern German town of Altenberg, November 14, 2004. Photo credit: Arnd Wiegmann, Reuters


When the crew chief talks, you gotta listen. NASCAR Nextel Cup points leader Kurt Busch, left, talks with crew chief Jimmy Finnig on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, during the final practice for Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Photo credit: Roy Dabner, AP


Silver Headed Warriors. Team USA One driver Todd Hays, foreground, Paule Jovanovic, Bill Schuffenhauer, and Steven Mesler sprint at the start of the first run of a World Cup four-man bobsleigh race in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004. The U.S. quartet finished in fourth place. Photo credit: Felice Calabro, AP


Holding on for life. A United States Navy airman assists an Achenese refugee from the tsunami-ravaged Indonesian town of Meulaboh at Banda Aceh airport on the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra January 2, 2005. Photo credit: Romeo Ranoco, Reuters


"Thank you. Ya'll come back and see us again." White Water rafters climbing up the cliffs after their run. Presented by Casey Garland and the


Shot comin'. Philadelphia Flyers' Robert Esche readies himself for a shot on goal during practice, Thursday, May 6, 2004, in Voorhees, N.J. Photo credit: Douglas M. Bovitt, AP


The "Tiger Man" is here. U.S. Navy helicopter crewmen at Indonesia's Banda Aceh airport assist a wounded Acehnese child as his mother looks on after they were evacuated from their village in Aceh's west coast January 3, 2005. Photo credit: Darren Whiteside, Reuters


This Bud's for you, chief. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., right, gets help with his Hutchens Device from an unidentified crew member before a practice run on Oct. 4, 2002, at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. Photo credit: Greg Suvino, AP


Save! U.S. goalie Al Montoya (29) makes a save on a shot by Belarus forward Artsiom Volkau (28) during the third period. Photo credit: Orlin Wagner, AP


Paul Newman, 80 years old and strappin' in. Actor Paul Newman has his helmet adjusted in the garage area while sitting in his Ford Crawford Daytona Prototype at the Daytona International Speedway Friday, Feb. 4, 2005. He was the oldest driver there. Photo credit: Terry Renna, AP


Don Bachali's APH5 flight helmet with the original drawing of Casper painted he painted on it, Bien Hoa 1965. Casper Aviation Platoon was the only separate aviation platoon in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. "To die free is an obligation." Courtesy of


"Quack! Quack!" Paddling through one of the many water crossings encountered during a motorcycle ride from Guadalajara in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains of central Mexico to Puerto Vallarta on the western coast's Mexican Riviera. Photo courtesy of "Three Strange Days Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta," by Michael Monroe, presented by Motorcycle Escape.


"Dizzy yet?" Climbing in Paklenica Canyon, Croatia. Photo credit: Klaus Fengler, presented by


Whoopee! U.S. athlete Sarah Schleper reacts after finishing the second run of the women's slalom World Cup race in Zauchensee, Austria, on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004. Schleper took the seventh place. Photo credit: Rudi Blaha, AP


Helmets through the ages. Molded plastic-1994, padded leather- ca. 1940, leather-ca.1900-1910; (clockwise from top left corrner) Rob Lytle-1974-1976, Walter Smith-1991-1995, Jim Pace-1955-1957, Reuben Kelto, 1939-1941, John Maulbetsch, 1914-1916, Tom Harmon-1938-1940, Ron Kramer-1954-1956. Photo courtesy of Michigan's Winged Helmet


Think you're too old to skate a marathon? Think again! 92 year old Allen MacDonald of Seal Beach California learned to inline skate when he was 80 years old and he skated the Tahiti Half Marathon at age 89. Presented by Kathy Fry's


Aggressive world skating competitor! Fallon Heffernan competing in the inline park competition of the 2002 X Games in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Presented by Kathy Fry's