1945 USMC 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 no exception. A new type of dress uniform was created.
it was a step between the field uniform and the formal blues. Manufactured of
wool material. The color was a
The design of the jacket consisred of four pockets with scalloped flaps secured by a small
brown button each. The bottom pockets were very large. The front was closed via the use
of four large buttons. Long sleeve construction with French cuffs.
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 sample featured here has rank patches made of a red
outline with a green background that matches the jacket. An honorable
discharge "rupture duck" patch is sewn to the breast area. This patch
rendered the uniform obsolete in terms of getting access to secure parts
of a military installation.
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.). In the case
of the USMC jacket, a set of EGA's (Eagle Globe and Anchor) is employed.
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Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out
clearly defined points that should be noted.
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Unlike earlier American uniforms, the front buttons
were sewn to the uniform instead of being attached by rings. The buttons were of metal construction. Dark brown color. Bearing the US Navy eagle in the face of the button. This was correct because the Marines
were part of the US Navy during WWII.
The US Marine uniforms of WWII did not have any tags.
Instead the information was stamped with black or blue ink on the underarm section. The information
described on the tags included the size, date of manufacture and manufacturer's name.
The stamp on this uniform reads:
College hall fashions
contract Num 47938
Date march 29th, 1945