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Original U.S. Vietnam War Major General Walter A. Jensen OG-107 “Type I” Utility Uniform - Commanding General, XI U.S. Army Corps - Formerly A.A.F. Tank Museum

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Original Item: Only One Available. Now this is an incredible piece of history! This untouched, great uniform set belonged to Major General Walter A. Jensen. During the Vietnam War he served as Commanding General, XI US Army Corps, St. Louis, Missouri from May 1963 to June 1964. After this assignment he was then assigned as Commanding General, XIV Corps, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The uniform came to us from the American Armoured Foundation, Inc. Tank and Ordnance Memorial Museum. The AAF Tank Museum was a living memorial dedicated to the Tank and Cavalry soldiers of the world. Before 1981 some of the artifacts that make up the AAF Tank Museum was a private collection belonging to Mr. William Gasser. Mr. Gasser felt that his collection would be beneficial in educating present and future generations to the sacrifices made and the technologies gained during war. Therefore, in 1981 the AAF Tank Museum was established as a non-profit charitable organization, and Mr. Gasser's donated his private collection to the Tank Museum. Mr. Gasser is still active as Volunteer Director and Curator of the Tank Museum and his knowledge of military history has been a great asset to the museum. Unfortunately after 20 years of operation it had to close its doors, which is when this uniform was acquired.

The uniform set itself is a “Type I” which was worn from 1952 to 1963. The first "Type I" model was introduced in 1952 and remained virtually unchanged through its 10-year production run. The shirt features a sleeve with no true cuff or buttons; it was simply a straight sleeve with a simple hem at the cuff. The shirt's two chest pockets and the trousers rear two pockets had a rectangular pocket flap that buttoned. The buttons were a "dished" style and most of the 1950s production were a dark brown color like this one while the majority of the 1960s production were dark green. The trousers also had a simple adjustment tab on the waist that could be buttoned. The shirt and trousers were also sized in groups (Small, Medium, Large, etc.) This model was replaced in April 1963 when specifications came out for the second model.

The set is in wonderful, slightly worn condition with a moderately worn cap, most likely one that he used for a majority of his career. Included with the uniform set is a COPY of his biography and photos. The biography goes into slight detail about his military career that spanned from WWII, Korean War and into the Vietnam War before retiring sometime in 1967.

This is a wonderful uniform set with great research potential and comes more than ready for display!

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