WWII US Marine Corps Dress Jacket -
When the United States entered World War Two much of the military was unprepared for combat.
The unforms and equipment employed was very antiquated, most of it dated back to
World War one.
The US Marine Corps dress uniform was an exception. It had seen some improvement when compared
to its much cruder descendant. Both types of uniforms were made of
wool. However, the one
used in WWII was more refined, using a softer type wool. The colors remained virtually unchanged.
The design of the USMC dress jacket consisted of a dark blue color wool. Four pocket
construction with scalloped flaps. A gold metal
secures each flap closed. The front of the jacket uses 7 buttons. They are larger in
size than those employed in the pockets. The face of the buttons display the US Navy
eagle. This is correct because the Marines were a part of the US Navy during WWII.
The buttons are sewn to the jacket.
The long sleeves are complimented with an extra section of cloth attached to the one
side of the lower section. It has a three pointed design with a small gold button at
each point. Red piping adorns its contour.
The shoulders have a set of eppaulets. Like most of the rest of the uniform it is lined
with red piping. The wider end is sewn to the uniform while the thinner end is attached
via the use of a small gold button.
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The American tunics were outfitted with a variety of
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.
The rank patch shown in this uniform is of wool construction. With three yellow
stripes on a red background. This is a Seargent patch.
In addition, metal collar
were employed. They normally show rank and the type of job the soldier performs
(i.e. artillery, checmical, administration, aviation, etc.). The USMC jacket
would have gold color EGA's
attached to the collar.