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Eisenhower Jacket
Division of Armed Forces History, National Museum of American History

Eisenhower Jacket

Catalog #: 1994.0388.01    Accession #: 1994.0388
Credit: Division of Armed Forces History, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 21" H x 17" W

Physical Description

Wool jacket with insignia.

Specific History

This jacket was worn by donor William Lubar while a flight training instructor.

General History

General Dwight Eisenhower considered the original World War II uniform to be poor for combat. He felt it fit badly and was restrictive. Eisenhower wanted a uniform that would be neater. He had his tailor take a Wool Field Jacket M-1944 and modify it to his specifications. He wanted a style which could be worn by itself or over a shirt. According to an aid, Eisenhower wanted the jacket to be "very short, very comfortable, and very natty looking." the “Ike jacket” became standard issue for U.S. troops beginning in November 1944. While it was intended for wear in battle, most soldiers preferred to save the "Ike jacket" for non-combat situations.


Country: United States
War: World War II
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