Local Antique Mall find! After sitting in an auto repair shop for three hours while my SUV got new brakes last Saturday, I decided to stop at a nearby antique mall and take a stroll through the place - more to stretch my legs after sitting for hours rather than looking to spend more money. Saw this Navy Captain's Aviation Green Working jacket on display, and that it was named. I pulled out my cell phone and did a quick search and came up with Austin Wadsworth Wheelock, USNA '25, Naval Aviator, Captain and CO of the USS Essex in 1951-52 off of Korea, awarded the Legion of Merit with "V" device, later promoted to Rear Admiral. With that information I bit the bullet and bought the jacket. I've spent the last few days doing more research on Austin Wheelock.
Photo of Wheelock's aviator's green working jacket, with captain's rank and nice bullion embroidered Navy aviator wings. It looks like there is space for Wheelock to have worn ribbons underneath the wings. I understand that wearing ribbons on these green aviator's jackets were authorized during WW2 and Korea. Second photo is of the tag inside the jacket pocket, with "A W Wheelock" and date of "10-3-52". Note: The shirt and tie in the photo did not come with the jacket. I added those strictly for the photo.