Hey, all. Just wanted to share a recent pick up. This is a WWII US Submarine Dress Jumper - Gunner's Mate 1st Class. This came directly from the Veteran out here in Colorado (don't have a name unfortunately). What is most interesting about this is the Submarine Combat Insignia. This badge was authorized on 26 March 1943. It was awarded after a successful completion of a war patrol in which the submarine sank or assisted in sinking an enemy vessel. It has holes for each successful sinking. The first would be awarded the badge with no stars, then the second sinking would be one star and so forth. So, this badge means he successfully sank 4 enemy submarines. The badge measures 56mm long and does not have any markings on the back. It features a horizontal pin.
The enlisted men who qualified for Submarine duty wore the Submarine insignia on the right lower arm. This was switched in 1947 to be on the left breast. The insignia shown on this uniform measures approximately 70mm and is blue backing with white silk and is the earliest variation.
The awards on the uniform are as followed:
1. Navy Good Conduct Medal
2. American Defense Service Medal (1939-41)
3. American Campaign Medal (1941-46)
4. Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (1941-46)
5. Europe-African Mid-East Campaign Medal (1941-46)
The Jumper itself does not have any tags or a name on the inside which leads me to believe that it was a tailor made. It lacks the drawstring on the lower part of the top so it leads me to believe that this was a mid-war produced uniform. It is wool uniform with plastic anchor buttons. It has a pocket on the top back inside of the top. It came with the Bell bottom pants with the drawstring in the back and the 13, 14th hidden, button flap. It also came with the Donald Duck cap but I believe it to be a later paring that my friend threw in since it has contract number I believe to be Vietnam era or later.
Hope you all enjoy.