Eisenhower Jacket


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.

Date Made: ca 1944

Associated Name: Eisenhower, Dwight D.

Associated Place: United States

Related Event: World War IIThe Great Depression and World War II


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1994.0388.01Accession Number: 1994.0388Catalog Number: 1994.0388.01

Object Name: jacket

Physical Description: wool (overall material)Measurements: overall: 24 in x 17 in; 60.96 cm x 43.18 cmacross shoulders: 17 in; x 43.18 cmsleeves: 26 in; 66.04 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-b9e1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1218893

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