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#1 US Victory Museum

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 11:29 AM

This winter uniform was worn by a woman serving in the North Africa / Italy theater.

The 5th Army patch and distinguished unit citation are not issued to civilians; however,
she probably sewed them on to more closely identify herself with the military unit to
which she was assigned. The uniform bears two pins. The ARC ribbon bar identifies
her service to the European Theater of Operations (ETO). The second is her ARC
Nurse pin. The color of the collar tab, as well as the Military Welfare Patch identify her
ARC service as part of the Military Welfare Service. During WWI, there were a multitude
of ARC branches to which one could belong.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 11:30 AM

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 11:31 AM

ARC

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 11:34 AM

The ARC Summer Military Welfare Service uniform is made from a very light fabric
called Palm Beach.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 11:34 AM

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 11:35 AM

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 10:33 AM

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Very nice ARC ETO you have.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 10:40 AM

This is my ARC MTO.

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 03:28 AM

Never assume that something was just sewn on to identify with the unit. Without knowing the history of this uniform, It's very possible this Red Cross worker was directed to wear the insignia by the military authorities where she worked as a means of recognizing her service.




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