Wool jacket with insignia.
This jacket was worn by donor William Lubar while a flight-training instructor.
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.
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