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1942 US Army Summer Dress Uniform -
This is a US Army Dress summer uniform. Dated 1942. Of four pocket construction. With scalloped pocket cover design. Cotton construction. Metal, gold colored buttons. Officer bands are placed on the sleeves. Even though the uniform is of WWII era manufacturing it was used all the way through the Vietnam war.

The ribbons are of cloth construction and are sewn to the breast area. Normally the ribbons are built from metal and cloth and are attached via the use of pins. The cloth approach is more streamline.

The uniform featured here belonged to a highly decorated officer. From top to bottom, left to right, the ribbons seen here are: Bronze star, American Defense, American campaign medal, Asiatic-pacific Campaign, WWII Victory, Army of Occupation medal, National Defense medal, Korean War medal, Philippines Liberation medal, Unknown, Unknown.

A triangular shape patch is sewn to the sleeve. Of dark green color with the word "SHAPE" written in large, white font. The words "Vigilia Pretium Libertatis" is written surrunding two crossed swords overimposing sun rays.

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The photo shows the quartermasters collar pin.

The right side of the uniform has a Presidential Citation unit. The sixth Army patch is sewn to the right sleeve.

One sleeve has a 6th Army patch. The Sixth United States Army is soon to be reactivated as a field army of the United States Army. It was first activated in January 1943, commanded by Lieutenant General Walter Krueger. Under the code name Alamo Force, it assumed control of the majority of US Army units involved in Operation Cartwheel, the campaign to isolate and neutralize the Japanese base at Rabaul in New Britain. Following the completion of Cartwheel, Sixth Army joined Australian Army and other US forces on the north coast of New Guinea. Similar in conception to the island hopping operations of the central Pacific, the object of the attacks was to land, establish a garrison and airfield which could support the next strike, and then move on.

The uniform has three tags. The first one is known as a tailor tag. Officer's had the option to have their uniforms custom made. However, they had to adhere to certain standards set by the Army. This tag indicates compliance with military regulations.

Uniforms, Service, officers
Flece, khaki, Tropical, Worstel
Manfr No. 3976
Cont. W669 qm-24828
Dated December 30th 1942
Spec P.Q.D. no 301
Dated Nov 12, 1942
Stock no. 55-U-11543
phila Q.M. Depot

The second tag is located on the inside of one of the lower pockets. It contains a great deal of valuable data for the collector. Things such as the manufacturing date, color, manufacturer's name, etc. Some of these tags are not readable due to excess wear caused by washing. In other cases they are missing.

Army Officer's uniform

A third tag is sewn into the uniform. This one indicates that the uniform was manufactured by union members.

This WWII US uniform may be currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

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Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade B B B A A

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