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Early 1950's period, US Army, 1944 Pattern, Jackets, Field, Wool, OD, Spec. P.Q.D. No. 437, or "IKE" style jacket, belonging to a Infantry, Private 1st Class, serving in the 328th Reconnaissance Squardon, 1st Armored Division
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This uniform is 1 of 2 obtained from the same soldier. The family sold these 2 uniforms together as a set of 2. The 1st uniform had much more insignia on it, so the museum kept it for our collection. The insignia found on the 1st uniform helps to better identify this 2nd more incomplete uniform. This No. 2 uniform is known to be of the early 1950's period. It is a US Army, 1944 Pattern, Jackets, Field, Wool, OD, manufactured to Specification P.Q.D. No. 437 of 5/10/44. These jackets are often called "IKE" jackets after, Dewight Eisenhower who advocated their adoption in late WWII (patterned on British Battle Dress Uniforms). It is known that this soldier was an Infantryman as he wears the "rifles" insignia on his upper left collar lapel. It is in the optional private purchase domed and in silver color with optional "Infantry Blue" plastic backing discs. This uniform should have a Infantry Blue right side shoulder lanyard (easy & cheap to find) hung on.

There should also be one D.I. each on each shoulder epaulette for the rather rare 328th Reconnaissance Squadron. This soldier served in the 1st Armored Division as well as is evidenced by the triangular shape cloth patch found sewn on the upper left side (current service) shoulder. The rank stripe patches are for a Private, 1st Class. This Infantryman was awarded a "Good Conduct Medal (ribbon), and the "National Defense Service Medal (ribbon)". He also was awarded a "Marksman, 1st Class Gunner Badge: for the "Rifle" and "Machine Gun". There should be a "Expert Rifleman Badge: (easy & cheap to find) pinned above his ribbon bar. This uniform is in excellent - minus condition. It is fully lined as is typical for 1945 to the 1950 (Model) period. It has his partial serial number inked inside as is proper.

Comments from the Curator:

The museum acquired these 2 uniforms, and kept the more complete 1st example. This No. 2 uniform example may appear to be a common "plain-Jayne", however it is "I.D.ed" to a Infantryman who served in the rather rare to find, 328th Reconnaissance Squadron. It has deluxe collar discs. and a nice ribbon bar. The missing items (D.I.'s excepted) are all easy to find to complete this interesting uniform. This is a nice and fairly rare uniform for the price.

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