Eisenhower Jacket

Description
Physical Description
Wool jacket with insignia.
Specific History
This jacket was worn by donor William Lubar while a flight-training instructor.
General History
General Dwight Eisenhower considered the original World War II uniform to be poor for combat. He felt it fit badly and was restrictive. Eisenhower wanted a uniform that would be neater. He had his tailor take a Wool Field Jacket Model 1944 and modify it to his specifications. He wanted a style which could be worn by itself or over a shirt. According to an aide, Eisenhower wanted the jacket to be "very short, very comfortable, and very natty looking." The “Ike jacket” became standard issue for U.S. troops beginning in November 1944. While it was intended for wear in battle, most soldiers preferred to save the "Ike jacket" for non-combat situations.
Object Name
jacket
date made
ca 1944
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 24 in x 17 in; 60.96 cm x 43.18 cm
across shoulders: 17 in; x 43.18 cm
sleeves: 26 in; 66.04 cm
Associated Place
United States
ID Number
1994.0388.01
accession number
1994.0388
catalog number
1994.0388.01
subject
Military
ThinkFinity
event
World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
ThinkFinity
Exhibition
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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