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#176 sigsaye

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 08:43 AM

My uncle made Chief in 1943. He loved the Grays! Most of the guys he knew did also. Many, who already had khaki chose to stay with khaki because they didnt want to spend the money to replace what they had. My uncle said that, The Army and Marines wore khaki, who wants to look like them?

#177 Justin B.

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Posted 15 August 2019 - 09:23 AM

 

Very true! The details of the hats slipped my mind (a good reason not to post when tired and awaiting a medical test :lol: )

 

I also forgot to add, where the "undress" combination cap was appropriate, a garrison cap of the corresponding color could be substituted.

 

King liked to tinker with uniforms. When he was COMCARDIV he made officers wear whites on top with blue trousers and black shoes in warm weather. It was not popular, but when he became CNO he made it official as Service Dress E. I don't think I've ever seen a picture of that combination in the wild.
 
He also had his own unique whites, basically a white version of a khaki or gray jacket, with a white shirt and black tie.


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 12:45 PM

USNR named Officer (no boards) with USNR Bullion breast eagle

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 12:48 PM

USNR Bullion Eagle, another winter weight Clothcraft by the Joseph & Feiss Company

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#180 Justin B.

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 02:38 PM

That embroidered breast badge is great! The boards would have been interesting, this officer was probably wearing the uniform in merchant service. The USN regs of the day were very clear that the merchant marine reserve insignia "shall not be worn with the naval uniform."

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 02:48 PM

That's my thinking too, that this is a USMS uniform and would have had Merchant Marine boards.




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