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Study: USN WWII Gray Uniforms 1943-1949

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Here is the gray uniform being worn by a fellow being awarded the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service medal in February 1945.  He was a "boatswain."

 

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On 9/16/2019 at 12:38 PM, Justin B. said:

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."

 

Excellent photos just posted above to add to this topic.  We were discussing the wearing of the USNR Eagle earlier and you've added a photo to illustrate that they were worn by merchant mariners on greys despite the USN regs.

 

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