Man's "Class A" US Army uniform

American (worn in Britain)
1944


Object Place: United States

Dimensions

Jacket: Center back: 58.4 cm (23 in.) Trousers: Center back: 106.7 cm (42 in.) Shirt: Center back: 86.4 cm (34 in.) Tie: Length: 1168.4 mm (46 in.) Tie: Length: 1117.6 mm (44 in.)

Accession Number

2011.193.1-6

Medium or Technique

Wool twill; cotton twill

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s “Class A” US Army uniform in five parts consisting of Jacket, trousers, shirt, and two ties. The loden green long-sleeve short-waisted “Eisenhower” style man’s Army jacket has with notch collar, two front bellowed pockets with flaps, four button covered placket, tab with snap at waist, two buttons at cuffs, interior lining in khaki cotton twill, and hand label “A. Fishtine” and “9295,” labeled 36R.

The jacket bears the insignia:
Left front: upper bar with combat battle star; lower bar with four stars for four battles fought [though Fishtine actually fought in five]
Left lapel: Crossed  medallion; artillary?
Left shoulder: Cross of Lorraine
Left arm: four gold bars (six months for each bar = two years served)
Right front: Ruptured Duck patch
Right lapel: US medalion
Right shoulder: 79th Army Division patch

The loden green long trousers have two front slash pockets, two rear pockets (one with button flap), and four button fly. The pockets and trousers (partially) are lined in natural cotton twill. Trousers are stamped on inner waist “4269M,” labeled “W: 31 L:31”. The long sleeve khaki shirt has a seven button front, two front pockets with flaps, two buttons at each cuff and fabric set in at cuff openings, and is labeled “32”. Included are two khaki ties, one with hand written label “A. Fishtine F9295.”, the other with label “Windsor - Virgin wool - Spiegel wkwr co”.

Garrison style olive drab cap.

Provenance

February 24, 1943 issued to Arthur Fishtine by the United States Army; 2011, gift of Fishtine to the MFA (Accession date: April 27, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur Fishtine