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Catalog Number 1997.032.002A
Description WWII Navy Uniform Shirt, c. 1942-1945. The uniform is in navy blue and is made of wool. The uniform has a collar at the top with a blue border creating a "V" line in the middle. There are stitched blue borders along the middle creating another "V" shape, along both of the shoulders, inside of the collar, both of the sides of the sleeves, and front and back of the uniform. In the front of the uniform, stitched on the right, there is a pocket with two separate parallel borders surrounding the opening of the pocket. On the inside of the uniform, in the middle, printed in white and bold, the text reads "OLM". Stitched on the side of the shoulder, rectangular in shape, blue background inside, stitched in white and bold, the text reads "U.S.S. Segundo". Below the badge above, rectangular in shape with white border and blue background inside with a gold anchor in the middle, stitched in white and bold, the text reads "NAVY LEAGUE / N L / CADET CORPS". The text "N L" is in between the golden anchor in the middle with the "N" on the left middle of the golden anchor and the "L" on the right middle of the golden anchor. Above the golden anchor, stitched in gold and in bold, the text reads "U S". The text "U S" is above the golden anchor with "U" on the top left of the golden anchor and the "S" on the top right of the golden anchor. Below this badge, there is another badge, shaped in a "V", that is stitched with a blue border around the badge, and a white stitched badge with a black background surrounding the white badge. On the back of the uniform, printed in black on a stitched white piece of cloth with two symbols of an anchor on each side around a black border, the text reads "U.S. NAVY / 100% WOOL / Name / Service No. / DA-38-243...1.300 / Size... / CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS / DRY DRY CLEAN FOR BEST RESULTS / If dry cleaning is not available hand / launder in LUKE WARM water USE / mild soap Squeeze pads through gar- / ment DO NOT rub or wring. Dry at / normal room temperature / DO NOT REMOVE THIS LABEL". Written in black ink next to the word "Name", the text reads "GREG SWEATT". Also on the cloth, on the right side, stamped in purple, the text reads "43".
Object Name Uniform, Military
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title WWII Navy Uniform Shirt, c. 1942-1945
Date c. 1942-1945
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "OLM" (printed in white and bold, in the middle on the inside of the uniform)

"U.S.S. Segundo" (stitched in white and bold rectangular in shape with a blue background inside stitched on the side of the shoulder)

"NAVY LEAGUE / N L / CADET CORPS" (stitched in white and bold rectangular in shape with white border and blue background inside with a gold anchor in the middle)

"U S" (stitched in gold and in bold above a golden anchor)

"U.S. NAVY / 100% WOOL / Name / Service No. / DA-38-243...1.300 / Size... / CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS / DRY DRY CLEAN FOR BEST RESULTS / If dry cleaning is not available hand / launder in LUKE WARM water USE / mild soap Squeeze pads through gar- / ment DO NOT rub or wring. Dry at / normal room temperature / DO NOT REMOVE THIS LABEL" (printed in black on a stitched white piece of cloth with two symbols of an anchor on each side around a black border
on the back of the uniform)

"GREG SWEATT" (written in black ink next to the word "Name" on the cloth on the back of the uniform)

"43" (stamped in purple on the cloth on the back of the uniform)


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." [https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/h/history-of-us-navy-uniforms-1776-1981.html#world war 2-1/03/2017]
Dimensions H-30.125 W-48 D-0.125 inches
Search Terms Navy
Sweatt, Gregg
Uniforms
War
World War II
World War Two
Subjects Uniforms
War
World War II
People Sweatt, Greg