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2 Uniform grouping Belonging to a Engineer, Brigadier General (i.e.: a 1 Star General), named: "Walter David Luplow"



 
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Item No. 1

1950 Period, US Army, 1942 Pattern, Officer's, Summer Tropical Worsted, Khaki Service Coat, belonging to a Engineer, Brigadier General (i.e.: a 1 Star General), named: "Walter David Luplow", the Commanding General of the 2nd Engineer Special Brigade in Korea

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Item No. 2

December 1st, 1942 Dated, US Army, 1942 Pattern, "Uniform, Service, Officer's, 2-piece O.D., Dark (Coat) Elastique, Q.M.C. Tent. Spec. P.Q.D. No. 149 B, Dated 11/4/42", belonging to a Engineer Colonel, named: "Walter David Luplow", the Commanding General of the 2nd Engineer Special Brigade In Korea

Uniform Number 1 Details

1950 Period, US Army, 1942 Pattern, Officer's, Summer Tropical Worsted, Khaki Service Coat, belonging to a Engineer, Brigadier General (i.e.: a 1 Star General), named: "Walter David Luplow", the Commanding General of the 2nd Engineer Special Brigade In Korea.

This uniform is known to be of the 1950 period from the biographical information found. It is a US Army, 1942 Pattern, Officer's, Summer Tropical Worsted, Khaki Service Coat. This uniform is 1 of 2 that was acquired that both belonged to General Walter D. Luplow. The khaki uniform is in GOOD PLUS condition. There are 1 or 2 small stains that are not noticeable and a few tiny moth holes in the rear. The rear upper left shoulder has a very small 1/4" tear that is not that bad. Each shoulder epaulette has a General's star rank pins which are matching, hallmarked, and have WWII "smoothie" style clutches. Each upper lapel has a "US" pin that are matching, hallmarked, and also have WWII "smoothie" clutches. Each lower collar lapel has a matched set of Engineer branch Officer's insignia. They are not hallmarked and each has double bump style clutches that are also matching (they were originally of different style clutches so we replaced them with matching clutches).

There is a nice 3rd Army cloth patch found sewn on the upper left current service side of the sleeve. As usual, each lower sleeve has the mohair cloth rings of Officer status. The buttons appear to be all matching, are of the deluxe 2 piece eagle types, and are hallmarked. No they are not of the optional "Essayons" Engineer branch types. They are sewn on with correct thread. There is a really neat hand sewn on 12 ribbon bar on the upper left breast. And, as is often common, they are sewn on out of regulation order. This is a well know occurance that experienced collectors are well aware of, and is supported by much photographic evidence. His awards are for: the "Legion of Merit Medal", the "Bronze Star Medal", the "European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 1 silver (counts as 5 bronze stars) Star", the "American Campaign Medal", the "American Defense Service Medal", the "Army Commendation Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster", the "WWI Victory Medal", the (WWI) "Army of Occupation Medal", the "WWII Victory Medal", the (WWII) "Army of Occupation Medal", the British Military "Order of the British Empire, and the Belgian "Order of the Crown".

The inside of the jacket is of the partial lining type and is in EXCELLENT condition. There is 1 tag found sewn in the inside of the inside pocket. It is a common "Union Made" type tag. As this uniform is of the correct Officer's type with the proper narrow cuff rings; it is not surprising to find that this uniform too has been re-issued at least 3 times. There is a proper period laundry tag found stapled inside that has inked on it "E-118-1". There is also a name found inked inside the upper right sleeve that reads: "Lt. Newman W.H." (or "W.A."). Re-issued uniforms were common in WWII, even for General's. There is also a removable cloth tag found in the neck area that is very large. It has inked on it "W.L" which is believed to be a later period added set of letters, but we cannot be sure either way. It also has a "67" typed on it. Perhaps this tag is an inventory control tag added by a previous owner? This uniform includes Luplow's matching trousers. They are unmarked but as usual they do show re-issuing numbers (3 in this case). Also included is his re-issued khaki color tie, which in this is named to "S.F. Selby". Another inclusion is his khaki color Officer's style shirt. The shirt has a 3rd US Army cloth patch found sewn on the left current service side of the sleeve just like it has on the uniform. However, unlike his uniform, he has 6 "Hershey Bar" patches for 3 years served overseas found sewn on his lower right sleeve. A neat, but rather rare addition to this shirt is 2 shirt size General's rank stars pinned to each collar tip. They show evidence of being pinned on there for quite a long time. The stars are matching, hallmarked, are sterling silver and have proper silver (sterling?) WWII "smoothie" clutch backs. To help complete this uniform grouping the museum has added a khaki color, Engineer branch color piped, garrison cap. This cap has 4 re-issue serial numbers found inked inside.

NOW ON TO THE SECOND UNIFORM OF THIS 2 UNIFORM GROUPING!

December 1st, 1942 Dated, US Army, 1942 Pattern, "Uniform, Service, Officer's, 2-Piece O.D., Dark (Coat) Elastique, Q.M.C. Tent. Spec. P.Q.D. No. 149 B, Dated 11/4/42", Belonging To A Engineer Colonel, Named: "Walter David Luplow", The Commanding General Of The 2nd Engineer Special Brigade in Korea

This is the 2nd uniform of a 2 uniform grouping that belonged to General Luplow. They were acquired together and are being sold as a 2 uniform grouping. This 2nd uniform is December 1st, 1942 dated. It is a US Army 1942 Pattern, "Uniform, Service, Officer's, 2-Piece O.D. Dark (Coat) Elastique, Q.M.C. Tent. Spec. P.Q.D. No. 149 B Dated 11/4/42". This uniform is in a VERY GOOD PLUS to a low Excellent condition. Each shoulder epaulette has the metal rank insignia of a full bird Colonel. The rank pins are matching, hallmarked, and are of the more popular (for collectors anyway) pin back style. They are not early birds wing style. Sewn near the top of the left current service side sleeve is a really magnificent "wooly" and silver wire bullion 3rd US Army cloth patch which we believe is occupation German made. Each upper collar lapel has matching, hallmarked "US" pins that have correct WWII style "smoothie" clutches.

There are the usual mohair cloth rings of Officer's status sewn to each lower sleeve. The buttons are of the deluxe 2 piece eagle types, appear all matching and are hallmarked. They are sewn on with correct thread althought one looks like it was re-attached at one time. They are no of the "Essayons" Engineer branch type. The jacket has 2 rear belt loops of which one looks like it was repaired slightly. The uniform includes its matching belt, buckle and slider. There are 7 award ribbons found pinned on the upper left breast. As with the 12 ribbon bar found on the 1st uniform of this grouping, it obviously is of an earlier period before General Luplow received additional awards. Just like on his khaki uniform, they too are out of regulation order. Since there are no different ribbons found here on this uniform compared to his khaki uniform, they will not be listed individually here. The interior of this uniform is of the partial lining type and is in EXCELLENT condition as well.

There is a large bevo-style cloth tag found sewn on the outside of the left inside pocket. It reads "Regulation Army Officer's Uniform" meaning that it is of a private PX purchase. The inside of this same inside pocket has a machine sewn in contract information tag with the information delineated above. There are 2 correct style and period Laundry tags found stapled (one is sewn) inside. They are both of a different size and style, and yet both read the same with "7200-B" typed on. Like all General Luplow's other clothing items obtained, this uniform is of the usual re-issued type as well. To help complete this uniform the museum has added a khaki color, Officer's style shirt and a correct chocolate color Officer's style tie. Also added are a pair of Officer's "pinks" style breeches which are not tagged. The museum also added an Officer's style garrison cap which has Engineer branch color piping. The cap is tagged, but the tag is too faded to read. The museum has researched General Luplow's military biographical career information and is including with this 2 uniform grouping 2 detailed pages of this career information. Also included and original to General Luplow is his wood and brass "Col. W.D. Luplow" desk name plate, a Legion of Merit Medal, a set of 4 photographs 2 letters, and a named manila envelope. A rare 5th Engineer Special Brigade patch that came with this grouping is also included. The patch is for a famous D.D. landing unit.

Comments from the Curator:

This nice 2 uniform grouping belonged to the Deputy Engineer for all US Forces in Europe in WWII (we believe that makes him the number 2 Engineer guy in the hierarchy). He saw service in the US and in Europe, and received several high level awards making this grouping very desirable to collectors/historians. Both uniforms display very well and are a great representation of a typical WWII and Korean War Officer who made General.

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