This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history. This is an authentic officially issued WWII era US Army "Ike" jacket.
This uniform was sourced directly from the original soldier who owned it. It was worn proudly by a true American hero. The owner was an anti-aircraft gunner with the Sixth Army in 1945. He participated in at least three western pacific combat missions.
The owner of the jacket spent the better part of an afternoon with us sharing his stories and his memories of the the war. He is a fascinating individual who wanted his story shared after all these years.
A joint Army-Navy agreement of November 9, 1944 adopted the Honorable Discharge Emblem for wear by all honorably discharged personnel of the United States Armed Forces. This emblem was to be permanently affixed on discharge above the right front pocket of all outer uniform clothing. A commissioned officer was charged with inspecting the discharged individual to varify that the emblem was properly displayed. Discharged members of the Armed Forces were allowed to wear their uniforms home but not in excess of 90 days. The design of the emblem was based on a lapel pin issued for wear on civilian clothing since prior to the outbreak of the war. The emblem received the nick name "The Ruptured Duck" from the soldiers.
The label on the inside of the pocket clearly documents it date of manufacture as being 1944.
Help us honor the service of this soldier and place this item with someone who will honor the history of the uniform.