Original U.S. WWII 34th Infantry / 85th Infantry Division Ike Jacket Grouping With Bronze Star
Original Items: Only One Grouping 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 34th Infantry Division patch on the left shoulder and an 85th Infantry 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 DUI present on the left collar is for the 168th Infantry Regiment, who is a part of the 34th Infantry Division. They were inducted during World War II into federal service 10 February 1941 at home stations; it was inactivated on 3 November 1945 at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia.
Other items featured are a lovely Bronze Star replacement medal in presentation case as well as various ribbons which include the Purple Heart medal ribbon. The ike has extremely faint handwriting on the interior and with enough studying, one might be able to decipher a name, making for a wonderful research opportunity.
Comes more than ready for further research and display.
Collar to shoulder: 10"
Shoulder to sleeve: 23.5”
Shoulder to shoulder: 15.5”
Chest width: 18”
Waist width: 16"
Hip width: 16”
Front length: 22.5"
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