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Original U.S. Vietnam War Army Lieutenant General Charles A. Corcoran White Summer Service Dress Uniform With Visor - Commanding General First Field Force and Chief of Staff MACV

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Original Items: Only One Set Available. This uniform coat is not only appealing to the eye but is also of great historical significance. Despite appearing to be a standard General's “Summer White” uniform set, there are a few distinctive features that set it apart from others.

The uniform belonged to Lieutenant General Charles A. Corcoran. His obituary can be seen at this link.

The uniform itself is in excellent condition and boasts impressive devices, a “sewn on” ribbon rack and a “plastic” Presidential Unit Citation, making it truly stand out. While we have not been able to source much information on General Corcoran, we were able to find the following information: General Corcoran had a distinguished military career that spanned 42 years. He began by enlisting in the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1931 and retired in 1973 as Chief of Staff of the United States Pacific Command at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. 

During his career, he held several key positions, including Commander 25th Division Artillery in Korea, Chief Nuclear Planning at SHAPE Headquarters in Paris, Commanding General of the 5th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, and Commanding General of the First Field Force and Chief of Staff of MACV in Vietnam. He also served as Secretary of the General Staff at the Department of the Army in Washington DC.

General Corcoran was a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the National War College. He received many military awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal (3OLC), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, as well as foreign awards and decorations. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam conflict. General Corcoran served his country with dedication and honor.

The jacket boasts several unique features that set it apart from other military jackets. The obvious General star devices on the epaulets are particularly noteworthy, as they indicate the 2nd highest rank possible in the US Army. A medal ribbon bar is also present on the jacket, which would have been used to display the General's various military honors and awards, which all appear to be correct and present.

While only the service coat is not named in a “glorious” manner, it does however have his name written in ink on the interior pocket. The uniform coat is in excellent condition, with no visible signs of extensive wear or damage aside from the expected staining due to it being an all white uniform.

The Summer White peaked visor is in similar, worn condition with areas of visible age toning and staining. The cap is an “in-country” purchased example made by Shanghai Vans Brothers Cap Factory in Taipei, Taiwan, bearing the same company name embossed in silver on the sweatband. The cap has the correct “C.A. CORCORAN” marked identification card. Aside from the age toning and staining, this is an excellent example of a summer white visor. 

A wonderful, historical uniform set that comes with research and more than ready for further research and display.

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