Clark Gable's Uniform Coat and Cap

Clark Gable's Uniform Coat and Cap

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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
Other Terms
coat; Man; Army; Officer; Service
associated date
1941 - 1945
enlistment date
Gable, Clark
E. Abington & Sons
place where Gable enlisted.
United States: California
Physical Description
wool (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 34 in x 19 in; 86.36 cm x 48.26 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
The Family of William R. McGee
Entertainment, Film
World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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