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WWII US Marinc 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 uniform covered on this page is an example of a USMC dress jacket worn by American GI's during WWII. The coat was constructed from wool with brass buttons and did not have any pockets. Each sleeve is adorned with a section of scalloped cloth with red piping and three buttons.

The American tunics held a variety of patches and insignia in the left and right arms. Also in the breast area.

The triangular patch located on one of the sleeves is an amphibious warfare patch. It was given to individuals who had trained in amphibious assaults and belong to the unit.

American uniforms were clearly marked with tags which contained various information regarding the manufacturing of the piece. These tags were found inside the front lower pocket, inside the interior pocket or inside the sleeve. In many cases the tag has been removed or it is no longer legible due to normal wear.

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. 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.

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Value $45.00 $50.00 $55.00 $60.00 $60.00 $60.00 $60.00 $60.00 $70.00 $85.00
Availability Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common Common
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