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1949 US Army Tank Destroyer Ike Jacket - The United States was victorious in World War. After the fighting was over there was an abundant supply of uniforms and equipment available. Not all of the items produced were actually issued. For the next few years the armed forces decided to continue employing the same stock. As the 1950's were approaching, the army decided to start producing uniforms again. Many of the uniforms retained the same style as in WWII.

The Ike jacket is an example of a uniform whose designed was perpetuated. Manufactured of a wool material. The Ike jacket saw service clear until the late 1950's in both, the army and the air force.

A size tag (38R) is found in the neck area. A black ink stamp is placed just below.

The American tunics were outfitted with a variety of patches to denote rank and affiliation to a particular unit or group. The patches were sewn to the left and right arms and sometimes in the breast area.
In addition, metal collar insignia were employed. They normally show rank and the type of job the soldier performs (i.e. artillery, checmical, administration, aviation, etc.).

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII US military uniforms. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII US uniform worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the uniforms is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the American military uniforms in the collector's market is illustrated.

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A tag is found inside the pocket. It reads:

Jacket, Wool O.D.
Stock No. 55-J-569-682
Size 38R
Herman D. Oritsky & Co
Patt. Date May-24, 1946
Cont.Q,M. #11945-01-6298
Dated Feb. 9th, 1949
Spec. U.S.A. #9-62
N. Y. Q. M. P. O.
100% Wool

Unlike earlier American uniforms, the front buttons were sewn. Of metal construction. Golden color. Bearing the US Navy eagle in the face of the button.

This item is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing items like this one. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the WWII US uniforms.

If you have an interest is seeing other WWII American Military uniforms, you can do so by going to our The History of the American Military Uniform identification guide.


The value for WWII US uniforms and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Value $35.00 $35.00 $35.00 $40.00 $40.00 $45.00 $50.00 $50.00 $55.00 $60.00 $65.00 $65.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade C C C C C C C C C C C C

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Jan 12th, 2017
This tunic is in very good condition. In general the dress uniforms are less desirable than the combat uniforms. However, these type of items are begining to get scarce so the value is likely to go up at a modest pace.

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