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United States Uniforms
Post 1966 period, US Army, "Coat, Men's, Polyester/Wool Tropical, AG-344, Class3", or Army Green Uniform, belonging to a Chaplain, 1st Lieutenant, named: "Jones", serving in the 79th Infantry Division
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This uniform is of the post 1966 period. It is a US Army, "Coat, Men's, Polyester/Wool Tropical, AG-344, Class 3", or as it is more often known as an Army Green Uniform. Inside the inside pocket is a crude inked name of "Jones". This uniform belonged to a Chaplain, 1st Lieutenant, named: "Jones". THis uniform is in EXCELLENT PLUS condition. Pinned above the top right breast pocket is a unique custom made plastic name tag with the name "Jones" engraved on it. Each shoulder epaulette has a silver color, clutch back, matching, hallmarked, 1st Lieutenant's bar insignia. Each upper collar lapel has a "US" pin that is clutch back, matching, and hallmarked.
Below them on the lower collar lapel are a pair of matching, clutch back, hallmarked, silvr color Chaplain's branch insignia. Found sewn on the upper left shoulder sleeve is a cloth, shield shape patch indicating current service in the famous 79th Infantry Division known as the "Cross of Lorraine" Division. Pinned above his top left pocket flap are 3 award ribbons. They are for: the "National Defense Service Medal", the "Vietnam Service Ribbon", and for the "Republic of Vietnam Campaign". The buttons are of the 2 piece eagle types and are matching and backmarked. They are sewn on with correct thread.
Each lower sleeve cuff has the black color mohair cloth rings of Officer status. The inner lining is of the standard green material and is of the 1/2 lining type. There is a large bevo-like cloth tag delineating laundry instructions sewn on the face of the inner pocket, and there is a cloth size and part number tag sewn in at the neck. This uniform includes a matching pair of Army Green trousers. They too are in EXCELLENT PLUS condition. Oddly, they are not tagged inside as is more common. Inked twice on the inner pockets can be found the name: "Jones". Found in a pocket of this uniform, and included with it is a subdued metal Chaplain's cross insignia, and a subdued metal Lieutenant's bar insignia.
Comments from the Curator:
Chaplain's uniforms are very rare to find, even for those of the post WWII period as well. They command higher than average prices with WWII examples often running in the several thousands of dollars range. Vietnam period Chaplains are fast catching up on this trend. This identified Vietnam Conflict period Chaplain is still quite affordable. It is an all original example. This museum has several Chaplains that have "armor" in their careers. If this example named "Jones" had any as well, then we would never let him go. But lack of time to research this Chaplain means that you get a bargain. If it turns out upon researching him that he did serve in an armor unit - then we will gladly buy him back from you at extra cost! Note: this museum has a beautiful Army Green Chaplain's peaked hat for sale on this website, make sure to check it out!
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