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1989 Period, US Army, Coat, Hot Weather, Woodland Camouflage Pattern, Combat (Experimental), Belonging to a Infantry, Lieutenant General (i.e.: a 3 Star General), Named: "Robert L. "Sam" Wetzel", The Former Commanding General Of The 1st & 3rd Infantry Div
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This uniform is of the 1989 period. It is a US Army, Coat, Hot Weather, Woodland Camouflage Pattern, Combat - or "B.D.U." style uniform - but is of a differing, experimental or private purchase design. There are several features, notably the button pattern that differs from a issue uniform. This uniform belonged to a Infantry, Lieuteneant General (i.e.: a 3 Star General), named: "Robert L. "Sam" Wetzel". This uniform was acquired from an Australian collector, who in turn purchased it from one of the best known of US General Officer uniform collectors. This uniform includes an autgraphed photo of General Wetzel.
The uniform is in MINT condition. The uniform has no sewn-in tags as is often the case with custom made uniforms. Each collar side has a sewn-in, subdued patch of 3 stars for a Lieutenant General. Sewn on the upper left, current service side of the left sleeve is a subdued patch for service in the 5th Corps. Sewn on his upper right breast is his subdued "Wetzel" name tape patch. There is a standard "US Army" subdued tape patch sewn above his left top breast pocket, and just above that is a subdued patch for the 2nd award of the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
This uniform includes 8 pages of biographical information on the career of Lieutenant General Wetzel.
**Please note that the cap in the pictures is not included with the uniform it is here for the photography.**
Comments from the Curator:
This uniform is very interesting as it is of a non-regualtion type. It could be an experimental or private purchase type, but either way it's "not in the books". While of a modern era, this uniform should not be overlooked. Infantry General Wetzel was the Commanding General of not just one, but two famous Infantry Divisions. This should be enough to tantalize the taste buds of any serious uniform collector.
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