Clark Gable's Uniform Coat and Cap

Description
Physical Description
Dark olive-drab cap with gold-colored cord piping. Light olive-drab officer's coat, single-breasted with four buttons, belted. Captain's insignia on shoulders; United States and air corps insignia sewn on collar and lapel. Insignia of Eighth Air Force on left arm. The coat's label is marked in black ink, "E. ABINGTON & SONS/RUSHDEN & KIMBOLT/Capt. Clark Gable."
Specific History
The coat and cap were worn by actor Clark Gable.
General History
Clark Gable enlisted in California on August 12, 1942. He told the news media: "There is a war to win, and I consider it my right to fight." On October 27, 1942, Gable was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces. He was issued serial number 056-5390 and transferred to Tyndall Field in Florida.
Object Name
coat
associated date
1941 - 1945
enlistment date
1942-08-12
user
Gable, Clark
maker
E. Abington & Sons
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 34 in x 19 in; 86.36 cm x 48.26 cm
place where Gable enlisted.
United States: California
ID Number
AF*79691M
catalog number
79691M
accession number
321728
subject
Entertainment, Film
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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