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Catalog Number 2000.021.012
Description Shore Patrol Armband, c. 1941-1945. Dark navy blue rectangular cloth armband has angled sides that narrow to two attached strings. Strings used to tie band around arm. Center of band has stitched on yellow letters reading, "SP". Yellow stitching seen on backside.
Object Name Armband
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Shore Patrol Armband, c. 1941-1945
Date c. 1941-1945
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "SP" (Stitched on front of band)
Provenance From WWII (Navy).
Notes "Shore patrol are service members who are provided to aid in security for the U.S. Navy, United States Coast Guard, United States Marine Corps, and the British Royal Navy while on shore. They are often temporarily assigned personnel who receive limited training in law enforcement and are commonly armed with a baton. Their primary function is to make certain that sailors on liberty do not become too rowdy. They will also provide assistance for sailors in relations with the civilian courts and police..." [ 8/5/2015]

"U.S. Navy Shore Patrol, 1941-45: This sailor is armed with a night stick and a .45 automatic pistol. The overcoat is known as a "pea-coat," the name possibly derived from the Dutch word for short. The canvas leggings protected the legs and in effect turned the shoes into boots. Due to wartime shortages many traditionally brass items, such as whistles, were manufacture in plastic." [ 8/5/2015]
Dimensions H-11 W-4 inches
Dimension Details 11 x 4 (Band w/out strings); 8.5 (String length)
Search Terms Navy
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Navies
World War II