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Catalog Number 1997.032.002B
Description WWII Navy Uniform Pants, c. 1942-1945. The pants are in blue and made of wool. The pants has two pockets, one on each side. The one on the left has a small brass zipper with elements connected, and the one on the right has a small opening with two blue borders surrounding it. At the top, the pants has a blue border stitched along the waist with a small opening and a black button in the middle. Below part of the waist, there are line of black buttons stitched to the pants. Part of the parts has another blue stitched pattern with a line of small buttons parallel and horizontally from each other with two buttons at the top right and left. At the back of the pants, there are several holes with blue string tied together around the several holes in the back. In the inside of the pants, on the pocket, on a cream colored cloth with symbols of anchors on each side, printed in black, the text reads "MANUFACTURED BY / NAVAL CLOTHING FACTORY / Name / Rate". Next to the word "Name" on the same cream colored cloth, written in black ink and in bold, the text reads "GREG SWEATT".
Object Name Uniform, Military
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title WWII Navy Uniform Pants, c. 1942-1945
Date c. 1942-1945
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "MANUFACTURED BY / NAVAL CLOTHING FACTORY / Name / Rate" (printed in black on a cream colored cloth with symbols of anchors on each side on the pocket in the inside of the pants)

"GREG SWEATT" (written in black ink and in bold on the same creamed colored cloth next to the word "Name")

Notes "The mobilization for and sudden entry of the US into WWII had no major impact on Navy dress uniform styles. The millions of citizen sailors wore the same uniform popularized in the twenties and thirties. The expansion of the Navy into amphibious warfare required a Marine type working uniform for boat crews and Seabees. Specialized clothing was required for carrier personnel. But for the majority the bell bottom and jumper remained unchanged.

In October of 1940 the blue collar and cuffs were deleted from the dress whites as there were continuing problems with the blue dye running. This change left the sailor with dress and undress blues and undress whites which could fill the functions of dress as well.

January of 1941 saw the passing of another old tradition with the abolishment of the hat band ribbon which bore the unit’s name on the flat hat. Security appears to be a factor for its demise and it was eventually replaced by the shoulder unit identification mark. This practice continued until July 1973, when it was discontinued as damaging to the suit material and construction.

The aftermath of World War II reinstated the trend of refining the sailor’s uniform succeeding a military conflict. An attempt in 1947 to clothe sailors in a suit and tie met with fleet rejection.

In large part due to the rapid acceleration of personnel through the wartime rate structure, it became obvious that rating badges and added piping to denote rank were repetitious. Therefore, in 1947, cuff piping was standardized at three rows for all hands. The Uniform Regulations of 1949 abolished the left/right arm ratings. With the largest standing Navy in the world, there was confusion due to the non-uniform appearance of personnel in different ratings. The tremendous expansion of wartime ratings made determination of which arm the rating belonged a full time nightmare. It was decided that henceforth all enlisted would wear their badges on the left arm.

The uniform continued through the fifties without change and the Korean conflict appears to have had no effect on enlisted garment development.

In 1962 the flat hat ceased issue. It had been supplanted by the more popular white hat and since there appeared no need for two hats it was abolished." [ war 2-1/03/2017]
Dimensions H-44 W-19 D-0.125 inches
Search Terms Navy
Sweatt, Gregg
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Uniforms
World War II
People Sweatt, Greg