I recently acquired this named 4th AAF officer's jacket from a seller in CA who indicated it came from the Veteran's estate but I have a couple of questions regarding its originality. The jacket is named to a LaRoy R Duval who was originally from Michigan but with a last known residence in Los Alamitos, CA and passed away in March 2003.
The jacket was listed as having Captains insignia but upon arrival it has, what appears to be, two Lieutenants bars on each shoulder. The officers collar insignia appears to be matching for the most part and also has a sterling pilot's wing. In one of the pockets is an old pack of Listerine Pocketpaks (2001 Pfizer on the label) and a business card from the Costa Mesa Historical Society Santa Ana Army Air Base Wing.
Does this setup make sense from an originality standpoint? Could the original owner have continued to wear it later in life at parades, etc.? Or is this wishful thinking and was used by a reenactor, albeit one interested in stateside service?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.