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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 button 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.

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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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.

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 insignia 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.

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.

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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 over time.

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