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US WW2 Dress cap , Americal Division killed 1945


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Hi all,

The following cap is part of my collection. It came from a friend who is also a collector and who had it for several years. 

The cap has some moth bites but overall in nice condition.


I have several questions: can you guys cinfirm that this cap is indeed WW2? What is the difference between the brown visors and the black visors during WW2? Were the black ones early or private purchase caps?


After researching the information inside the cap I found out that it matches a soldier who was killed in the PTO in February 1945 as a member of the 132nd Infantry, Americal Division. 

According to the newspaper clipping this soldier saw a lot of combat. He was a Staff Sergeant at date of death while this cap mentiones Pvt.

Since I live in Europe my main interest goes out to the ETO, but after researching the name it sparkled my interest in finding out more about him.


I would love to hear any opinions regarding the cap.



Thanks in advance, Tom









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It isn’t black, it’s dark brown that has darkened even further with age. The dark brown leather visors and chinstraps were often advertised as “cordovan brown.” The cap is a common private purchase type enlisted cap from WWII. 

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