1949 US Army Tank Destroyer Ike Jacket -
The United States was victorious in World War. After the fighting was over there was an abundant
supply of uniforms and equipment available. Not all of the items produced were actually issued.
For the next few years the armed forces decided to continue employing the same stock. As the
1950's were approaching, the army decided to start producing uniforms again. Many of the
uniforms retained the same style as in WWII.
The Ike jacket is an example of a uniform whose designed was perpetuated. Manufactured of a
wool material. The Ike jacket saw
service clear until the late 1950's in both, the army and the air force.
A size tag (38R) is found in the neck area. A black ink stamp is placed just below.
The American tunics were outfitted with a variety of
to denote rank and affiliation to a particular unit or group.
The patches were sewn to the left and right arms and sometimes in
the breast area.
In addition, metal collar
were employed. They normally show rank and the type of job the soldier performs
(i.e. artillery, checmical, administration, aviation, etc.).
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A tag is found inside the pocket. It reads:
Jacket, Wool O.D.
Stock No. 55-J-569-682
Herman D. Oritsky & Co
Patt. Date May-24, 1946
Dated Feb. 9th, 1949
Spec. U.S.A. #9-62
N. Y. Q. M. P. O.
Unlike earlier American uniforms, the front buttons
were sewn. Of metal construction. Golden color. Bearing the US Navy eagle in the face of the