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WWII Army Dress whites?

Article about: I bought this jacket a very long time ago, for a very cheap price and I was told it was WWII. It is definetly an Army jacket because of the Buttons and the Design of the jacket. But I have n

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    I bought this jacket a very long time ago, for a very cheap price and I was told it was WWII. It is definetly an Army jacket because of the Buttons and the Design of the jacket. But I have never seen any other jacket like it? I have only seen the khakies and dark browns in Army dress uniform's of WWII. It is most likely a summer weight jacket too.
    I was wondering if anybody can give me any info about this jacket?
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    Also let me know if you need closer pictures, or some shots of specific area's like the sitching and what not.

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    It's an Army White Service Uniform tunic. Here is an article about them:

    White Service Uniform

    Another uniform, the Army White Uniform, is the Army's equivalent to the Dress White uniform worn by Officers in the U.S. Navy, but unlike the Navy, which mandates the owning and wearing of the white uniform throughout the summer months (year round in tropical locations) by all ranks (E-1 to O-10), the Army White Uniform is treated as an "optional" uniform, and is only required to be purchased by officers and Sergeants Major assigned to posts in the tropics and the southern United States.

    Introduced in 1902 as a summer undress uniform, its wearing, along with the dress and undress blue, was suspended during World War I and was reintroduced in its present form, along with the modern-day dress blue uniform, in 1938. In its original (1902) form the white uniform included a standing collar and white flat braid trimming the coat edges. The 1938 model substituted a white coat without braid and with an open-fronted peak lapel worn with a white shirt and black tie.

    With the impending hostilities of World War II, production of both the blue and white dress uniforms were suspended, but the Army White Uniform itself served as a model for the Class "A" Army Tan Uniform, which was introduced in 1942 (replacing a belted version designed around the Sam Browne Belt) and discontinued in 1968 (the shirt & trousers "Class B" uniform was replaced with the Army Green Class "B" uniform in 1985), the post-war belt-less Army Blue Uniform, and the present-day Army Green Uniform, which replaced the World War II "Pinks & Greens" and "Ike Jacket" uniforms in 1956. Like the Army Green Uniform, the Army White Uniform features a main jacket with four buttons, worn with matching white trousers and service cap, but unlike the Army Green Uniform, no unit patches, specialty tabs, or the black beret are worn. Officers wear their silver or gold-colored rank insignia pinned onto the shoulder epaulets, while Sergeants Major wear gold-on-white rank insignia and service stripes on both sleeves as that on the Army Blue Uniform. A white dress shirt and either a black bow tie or four-in-hand necktie, for formal and semi-formal functions, is worn.

    The Army White Service Uniform will be withdrawn after July 2014 .

    William
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Quote by Wagriff View Post
    It's an Army White Service Uniform tunic. Here is an article about them:

    White Service Uniform

    Another uniform, the Army White Uniform, is the Army's equivalent to the Dress White uniform worn by Officers in the U.S. Navy, but unlike the Navy, which mandates the owning and wearing of the white uniform throughout the summer months (year round in tropical locations) by all ranks (E-1 to O-10), the Army White Uniform is treated as an "optional" uniform, and is only required to be purchased by officers and Sergeants Major assigned to posts in the tropics and the southern United States.

    Introduced in 1902 as a summer undress uniform, its wearing, along with the dress and undress blue, was suspended during World War I and was reintroduced in its present form, along with the modern-day dress blue uniform, in 1938. In its original (1902) form the white uniform included a standing collar and white flat braid trimming the coat edges. The 1938 model substituted a white coat without braid and with an open-fronted peak lapel worn with a white shirt and black tie.

    With the impending hostilities of World War II, production of both the blue and white dress uniforms were suspended, but the Army White Uniform itself served as a model for the Class "A" Army Tan Uniform, which was introduced in 1942 (replacing a belted version designed around the Sam Browne Belt) and discontinued in 1968 (the shirt & trousers "Class B" uniform was replaced with the Army Green Class "B" uniform in 1985), the post-war belt-less Army Blue Uniform, and the present-day Army Green Uniform, which replaced the World War II "Pinks & Greens" and "Ike Jacket" uniforms in 1956. Like the Army Green Uniform, the Army White Uniform features a main jacket with four buttons, worn with matching white trousers and service cap, but unlike the Army Green Uniform, no unit patches, specialty tabs, or the black beret are worn. Officers wear their silver or gold-colored rank insignia pinned onto the shoulder epaulets, while Sergeants Major wear gold-on-white rank insignia and service stripes on both sleeves as that on the Army Blue Uniform. A white dress shirt and either a black bow tie or four-in-hand necktie, for formal and semi-formal functions, is worn.

    The Army White Service Uniform will be withdrawn after July 2014 .

    William
    Thanks for taking the time to find this info! I've been wondering about this jacket for years and have tried looking it up, but could'nt find anything. I apreciate it!
    Do you have any idea if this jacket is "Rare' or somewhat hard to come by?

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    They were never wildly popular and seldom seen, as they were "optional". Many guys that were in the Army for years have never seen one on the hoof. I haven't actually seen one in person either, for the last several decades, but then again, I've never actively sought after one. I wouldn't think they were too common and would, no doubt, command somewhat of a premium from a collector in US uniforms. William
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Wow, ha I must have been lucky to get my hands on this then.

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