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This helmet was worn by Iowan David Belin while he served in Korea. Belin was born in Washington D. C. in 1928 and later moved to Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating high school, Belin joined the United States Army and served in Japan and Korea. He then returned to the United States and received his law degree in 1954. After receiving his law degree, Belin joined a law firm in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1964, Belin was appointed legal counsel for the Warren Commission, which investigated John F. Kennedy's assassination. Belin helped the Warren Commission determine that Lee Harvey Oswald worked alone to assassinate Kennedy. In 1975, President Gerald Ford appointed Belin executive director of the Rockefeller Commision, which investigated CIA activities in the United States. In 1991, Belin established the David W. Belin Lectureship in American Jewish Affairs at his alma mater the University of Michigan as an academic forum for the discussion of contemporary Jewish life in the United States. He passed away in 1999. Content can be used with the following standards: SS-WH 9-12.26 Iowans Influence World History and SS-US 9-12.23 Iowans Influence US History in a lesson on Iowans involvement and experience in the Korean War and in a lesson on the Kennedy assassination. For any use other than instructional resources, please check with the organization that owns this item regarding copyright restrictions.
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Object is related to the following library resources, which can be found by searching the catalog number in the advanced search section: Catalog #: 2018.045.051- Des Moines, Together with the History of Polk County 2018.045.098- Centennial History of Polk County, Iowa 2018.045.187- The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa
After graduating from Sioux City High School, Belin was selected to attend Juillard School of Music for his exceptional violin-playing. However Belin denied this invitation to instead enlist in the US Army. While serving in Japan and Korea, Belin was a concert violinist in the Armed Forces Special Services. After the war, Belin attended University of Michigan with financial support from the GI Bill. During his investigation on the assassination of Kennedy, many Americans did not believe Belin's statement that Oswald acted alone. Belin went on to defend his statement in two self-authored books. While working in the CIA, Belin became aware of government plots to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro in the Am/Lash operation wherein Castro woud be killed by a poisoned pen. Belin urged the CIA to begin an investigation to find credibe evidence of this plot, however none was found by the CIA. Around the same time as the CIA investigation, a Senate select commitee released a 347 page report that stated that the United States had instigated plots against the leader, however no leads were found within this case either.