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WWII US Eisenhower Jacket 43rd Infantry Division
Item #: WR946
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This is a Model 1943 enlisted mans Eisenhower jacket from World War II. This style of jacket became popularly known as the Eisenhower, or "Ike" jacket during World War II. The 1943 version of the jacket the sleeves have adjustable cuffs, a throat closure tab, adjustable buckle waist straps, two inner pockets and the front pockets have a single button each. A quartermaster tag is sewn into the right inner pocket. It reads "Jackets, Field, WOOL, O.D./Stock No. 55-J-384-550/34R/Berkay Clothes Co./P.O. 20342/Dated April 18, 1945/Pattern Date May 10, 1944/Spec. P.Q.D. No. 437/Dated May 12, 1944/Phila. Q.M. Depot" with a space for the inspector's stamp below. A small tag sewn into the collar also shows this one to be a size 34R. The chevrons sewn on each sleeve reflect the rank of Sergeant. The unit patch on the left sleeve is of the 97th Infantry Division. Four overseas stripes are sewn above the left sleeve cuff, indicating 124 months overseas. The right sleeve has a 43th Infantry Division patch and Sergeant's rank sewn on it. The 43rd Infantry Division was mobilized for federal service on 24 February, 1941. The division departed San Francisco on 1 October, 1942 and arrived in New Zealand on 23 October, 1942. They would fight on New Guinea, the Northern Solomons and Luzon. During it's three years and seven days of overseas service the 43rd Division suffered 1128 killed in action, 4887 wounded, 9 missing and 2 POW's. Four of the infantry battalions of the division earned Presidential unit citations. 43rd Division soldiers earned 2 Medals of Honor, 40 Distinguished Service Crosses, 736 Silver Stars, and 2496 Bronze Stars. The Sergeant of the 43rd Infantry Division that wore this uniform wears the collar brass of the Infantry on the left side and US on the right side of the collar. The epaulets have the distinctive unit insignia of the 43rd Division on them. There are four ribbons pinned above the left breast pocket, the World War II Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, and the Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star. The "Ruptured Duck" for an honorable discharge is sewn above the right pocket. The laundry number of F4763 is hand written on the lining of the jacket. A check on the WWII US Army Enlistment Records showed 32 matches for that last name and last four of the service number. It's going to take some research to find out exactly who wore this uniform. This "Ike" jacket is in very good condition and will be a welcomed addition to any WWII collection.
Your Price $125.00 USD

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