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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 green tone.

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 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 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 insignia 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.

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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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

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


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Jan 11th, 2017
This set 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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