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United States Uniforms
1950 to the 1960 period, US Army, 1950 Model, Coat, Man's, Field, Wool, M-1950, or "IKE" Style Jacket, belonging to a Infantry/Ranger, Brigadier General (i.e.: a 1 Star General), named: "William Bing Kunzig, Jr.", the Chief of Staff of the 6th US Army
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This uniform is custom tailored and undated inside. However it is known to have been worn between 1950 to the 1960 period. It is a US Army, 1950 Model, Coat, Man's, Field, Wool, M-1950, or as they are more often called, and "IKE" style jacket. This jacket belonged to a Infantry / Ranger, Brigadier General (i.e.: a 1 Star General), named: "William Bing Kunzig, Jr.". There is a ink stamped US Army serial number found inside the left inside pocket of: "K8825W" which is proof of provenance as it matches that of General Kunzig. This uniform is in a HIGH EXCELLENT to a LOW MINT condition.
The interior is fully lined and in excellent condition - but some of it's seams are not starting to open. Oddly there are no tailor's tags present. Each shoulder epaulette has a single, insignia. Pinned to each upper collar lapel are 2, matching, un-hallmarked, "US" pins. Sewn to Kunzig's upper right shoulder sleeve is a round shape, cloth patch for former comabt service in the 9th Corps. Sewn near the top of his left shoulder sleeve is a round shape, cloth patch, for current service in the 7th Corps.
There is a custom made, 14 award ribbon bar sewn above his top left pocket flap. Each custom ribbon is hand sewn on a matching OD color material backing cloth. The awards are as follows: the "Legion of Merit" with 1 oak leaf cluster, the "Bronze Star Medal", the "Air Medal" with 1 oak leaf cluster, the "Army Commendation Medal", the "American Defense Service Medal" with 1 bronze star, the "American Campaign Medal", the "European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal", with 5 bronze stars (not 1 single silver star as it should be according to regulations - collectors take note!), the "Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal", the "WWII Victory Medal", the "Korean Service Medal" with an AMAZING 6 bronze stars - (this is an incredible amount, also per regulations it should be 1 silver star and 1 bronze star - collectors again take note!), the "Army of Occupation Medal", the "National Defense Service Medal", the "United Nations Service Medal, and lastly, the "Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation" (and AGAIN - collectors tak note - this citation is sewn on the wrong side of the jacket, against regulations. Many collectors just do not get it that often soldiers placed their ribbons on their jackets in the wrong order, on the wrong side, and with wrong devices - this is a common occurance for Privates all the way up to Generals. An experienced collector is well award of this anomaly - but inexperienced collectors often are not.
Sewn near the bottom of the right cuff in the post war fashion, are 6 lower quality, cloth "Hershey Bar" patches indicating that General Kunzig has served for 3 years overseas. This uniform includes a pair of matching, June 21st(?), 1945 dated, "Trousers, Field, Officer's, Wool, Serge, OD, Spec. P.Q.D. No. 49C, Pat. Date Nov. 3(?), 1944". They have a bevo-like, cloth PX tag sewn in that reads "Regulation Army Officer's Trousers". As wonderful additional proof of provenance, this is General Kunzig's Army serial number of "K8825W" inked inside that matches the stamping in the jacket. The trousers are in good condition with a few stains and some minor pocket edge fraying.
This uniform includes 18 pages of computer scanned photos and biographical research on General Kunzig. This information indicates that his grouping was auctioned off by the General's son, Bing in 2008. Many of these papers originate from the internet real estate company and/or auction company that sold off the General's home and estate for son Bing. These documents indicate that General Kunzig was instrumental in planning and training of the Rangers in WWII. He was directly responsible for the writing of the Ranger Manual in WWII and for their trianing for the D-Day invasion in June of 1944. He made the rank of a Brigadier General in 1959. These "IKE" jackets were withdrawn from service in 1960 making it an even more valuable historical piece.
Comments from the Curator:
When collecting US uniforms the price is often derived by the branch of service the soldier served in. Some of those branches that command the most highest prices are (not in order): Armor, Cavalry, Airborne, Rangers, Special Services, etc. This uniform belonged to a much coveted Ranger.
General Kunzig wore this IKE to 4/59 as a Colonel in VII Corps. Kunzig made Brigadier General in 5/59
The restoration of his star insignia was appearently off by approximately 4 weeks or so - the error has been corrected and thanks for letting us know about it
NeEW PICTURES WILL BE TAKEN AND ADDED SHORTLY!
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