Need help! Need help on this us m1917 helmet with 77th id flash

I have this helmet I got a couple of weeks ago and was wondering about the 77th id flash on the front, I didn’t pay much for it but would like opinions on it, I been told real and also post war applied, now some else told me they didn’t put insignia on helmets and uniforms til after the war so not sure if that is true or not but heres the helmet so real or fake insignia



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