Jacket, Ike, T/5 Thomas Metzgar, 376th AAA Bn., 9th Infantry Division, ETO


Nice genuine WWII US Army regulation Enlisted Men's jacket, as chosen by General Eisenhower in April 1944 -- hence the 'Ike Jacket' denomination under which it soon became popular.

The present jacket retains all its original insignia: First US Army and 9th Infantry Division shoulder sleeve patches, US and Artillery collar disks, 'Ruptured Duck', Technician 5th Grade rank stripes, medal ribbons (Good Conduct Medal and European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five Stars), Service Stripe and Overseas Service Bars. Label still present, dated December 15, 1944, size 38S. Name T.J. Metzgar has been handwritten in the collar.

Thomas John Metzgar was born on October 6, 1909 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and joined the US Army on September 11, 1942. He went on to serve with the 376th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 9th Infantry Division and deployed to Europe from September 3, 1943 to October9, 1945. He was discharged eleven days later as a Technician 5th Grade and passed away on August 26, 1992.



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