Original U.S. WWII 2nd Army / 82nd Airborne Division Ike Jacket Dated 1944 - Size 38R

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Eisenhower jacket or "Ike" jacket, officially known as the Jacket, Field, Wool, Olive Drab, is a type of waist-length jacket developed for the U.S. Army during the later stages of World War II and named after Dwight D. Eisenhower. Intended to be worn on its own or as an insulating layer beneath the M-1943 Field Jacket and over the standard wool flannel shirt and wool sweater, it featured a pleated back, adjustable waist band, fly-front buttons, bellows chest pockets, slash side pockets, and shoulder straps.

This lovely Ike jacket features a 2nd Army patch on the left shoulder and an 82nd Airborne Division patch on the right shoulder. It was a popular practice to display your former unit on your right shoulder while wearing your current unit on the left. It was often a sign that you served overseas or in combat with that unit and you wanted to proudly display that on your uniform, a tradition still carried on today by the US Army. Soldiers who are combat veterans are authorized to permanently wear the patch of the unit they served with on their right shoulder.

The uniform is in excellent condition and shows signs of moderate wear. The lower left sleeve shows 6 overseas bars for 3 years of service while overseas. Below the overseas bars are 2 service stripes. All patches are in lovely condition with minimal age toning and no noticeable damage to them.

This lovely example comes ready to display!

Collar to shoulder: 10.5”
Shoulder to sleeve: 24”
Shoulder to shoulder: 19”
Chest width: 21”
Waist width: 19.5”
Hip width: 19”
Front length: 26"

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