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1957 dated, US Army, "Coat, Man's, Wool Serge, Army Green 44, Spec. No. MIL-C-13990 (Q.M.C.) Pattern Date 23 March 1956", belonging to a Infantry, Brigadier General, named: "W.A. "Dick" Morgan", 28th (Pennsylvania) Infantry Division



 
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This uniform is dated 1957. It is a US Army, "Coat, Man's, Wool Serge, Army Green 44". It was manufactured to "Spec. No. MIL-C-13990 (Q.M.C.) Pattern Date 23 March, 1956". This uniform belonged to a US Army, Infantry, Brigadier General (i.e.: a 1 Star General), named: "W.A. "Dick" Morgan". This uniform is in a low EXCELLENT condition. Pinned on each epaulette is a General's star insignia that are hallmarked, clutch back, and are matching. Each upper collar lapel has a Officer's "U.S." pin. They are clutch back, un-hallmarked, and matching. They are period replacements as this uniform includes a photo of General Morgan wearing this exact same uniform but under a magnifying glass you can see that his "U.S." pins had a "Penn" overlay for his National Guard service.

Sewn at the very top of his right sleeve is a cloth patch for former combat service in the 2nd US Army. Sewn at the very top of his left sleeve is a red keystone patch for current service in the 28th (Pennsylvania) Army National Guard Infantry Division. It is very unusual to see shoulder patches sewn this high up on the sleeve - and on this uniform, both are found sewn at their maximum elevation. Of great interest, and as proof of provenance, a photo is included of General Morgan wearing this exact same uniform with his keystone patch sewn at the same maximum elevation! This photo is a great help in comparing the uniform's details against those found in ths photo - and all details match perfectly. As a side bar - this photo lists much of General Morgan's pre and post WWII civilian career information. And while on the same subject of patch/uniform details, another archive photo from the 9/21/62 issue of the Altoona - Johnstown Newspaper, shows Morgan wearing his khaki color uniform with a keystone patch sewn at the same maximum elevation! Appearantly General Morgan had the same tailor sew these patches on both of his uniforms.

Returning to the green uniform, we find that all of the buttons are of the 1 piece face design, are matching, hallmarked, and are sewn on with correct thread. There is a plastic "Morgan" name plate found pinned on his right top pocket flap. It has a very old period repair, but still functions just fine. Each lower sleeve has the wide black mohair cloth rings of General Officer's status. These rings appear to have been hand sewn on which makes us believe that this coat may have been worn by Morgan when he was a bird Colonel - but this is just speculation. Now for the really neat part. As said before, a photo (it's a printed copy with biographical information found printed below it) is included. But what is really cool is that you can see a 4 now ribbon bar(s) pinned above his top left pocket flap. Using a magnifying glass you can see that these ribbon bars are the exact same as those found on this uniform! And take note all of those arm chair "experts" out there that poo-poo any uniform that has it's ribbons placed out of sequence; just look at this picture of Morgan. His ribbons are all out of sequence, just as in the picture, and just as he is wearing them on this uniform. This is quite proof enough of the common practice of wearing one's ribbons as one best thought correct, even if not to regulations.

On the same note these ribbon bars are of the early wider style often found on pre-war uniforms. They all have the deluxe WWII style clutches, and the ribbon bars are encased in think plastic covers, exactly the same as seen in the accompanying photo. We are currently trying to identify some of these ribbons several of which appear to be exclusively for Pennsylvania state units. The inside of this uniform has the usual partial lining, and it is in EXCELLENT condition. There is a "37R" size tag found sewn in at the neck. There is also a common, large size "Pressing Instructions", bevo-style tag found sewn on the outside of the inside pocket. Sewn on ths inside of the inside pocket is another cloth tag that has the following information found inked on it's face: "Coat, Man's, Wool Serge, Army Green 44 Size 37R Superior Coat Co. QM 8491 O.I.-531-C-57 15 Aug. 1956 Spec. No. MIL-C-13990 (Q.M.C.) Stock No. 8405-286-5146 Pattern Date 23 March 1956 Phila. Quartermaster Depot 100% Wool". Collectors take note: the Army Green uniform was first issued on a unit level back in 1955 and it fully replaced the O.D. IKE and 4 Pocket (chocolate) Pinks & Greens uniform(s) by 1960. This makes this uniform one of the very 1st of the series to have been issued. One lost note on the interior: when removing the deluxe style clutches found on the ribbon bar(s), you can see that they have been there for a very long time (not that this adds any value, but it is comforting to see nevertheless).

As mentioned before, this uniform includes a 1962 dated, original photo of General Morgan, and a 2nd printed photo, that includes some civilian biographical information near the bottom. A U.S. 10 cent stamp was found in a pocket and it too is included. The next item that is included with this uniform grouping is General Morgan's Army Green, Cap, Service, Wool Fur Felt, Field Grade Officer's. It is in EXCELLENT condition as well. It has a typed in paper name tag found inside that reads: "Identification Colonel (which is lightly crossed out and has "General" inked over it) W.A. Morgan 311 Coleridge Ave. Altoona, PA". This hat is a "Berkshire Deluxe" brand, and it has the thickest gold bullion "scrambeled eggs" oak leaves embroidery, that we have ever seen. To help complete this uniform the museum has added a proper, late 1940's period, khaki color Officer's style shirt that is in EXCELLENT condition. Also added is a 1961 dated, "Necktie, Man's WL Trop WSTD, Black, Contract No. DA-36-243 QM (CTM)-8560-C-61 Fed Stock No. 8440-753-6237 100% All Wool Lot-5".

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