WORLD WAR II
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Description Jacket, Field, Wool (size 38S) , World War II, belonging to Alfred G. Last. Patches and insignia include: right shoulder patch for the 94th Infantry Division; left shoulder patch for the 6th Armored Division; Combat Infantry Badge above left breast pocket and discharge insignia above right breast pocket; brass collar disks (insignia) on both lapels, left is crossed rifles and indicates infantry, and right is "US". Left sleeve has two gold bars, indicates one year overseas. Several moth holes in left sleeve and under left breast pocket.

It was adopted in the fall of 1943 and called "Jacket, Field, Lined" or "ETO Jacket." It was popularly known as the "Ike Jacket." They included details such as concealed buttons, inside pockets. In May 1944, the jacket was issued to soldiers in the European and North African Theaters of Operations. It is made from 18 ounce olive drab wool serge material. It had a convertable collars that could be turned up tight around the neck and special washable collar pads, inside breast pockets and two outside pockets. The sleeves had adjustable short-sleeve type closures and a waistband extension tab. The jacket was designed and meant to serve as a insulating layer under the M-1943 Field Jacket. It was thus designed roomy enough, with a bloused action back and roomy sleeves, to accommodate a flannel (wool) shirt, sweater and underwear. The jacket was often treated as a dress item rather than a battle jacket and the wearer had it fitted so snugly that it could not be worn as intended.

Alfred George Last was born on May 17, 1917 in Algoma Township, Winnebago County, WI, the son of Alfred Henry Last and Lillian Amanda Thiex Last. Alfred G. Last married Dorthy Valroes Zurn on June 28, 1941 at the 10th Street Methodist Church in Oshkosh, WI. Their daughter Karen Ann Last was born March 30, 1942. He was drafted and reported for service on August 19, 1942. A son Michael Gary Last was born on March 23, 1944. Alfred went through basic training at Camp Grant, IL, advanced training at Camp Phillips, Kansas and was later assigned to Company I, 376th Infantry, 94th Division. On August 6, 1944 the 94th Division left the US for England. They landed at Utah Beach on September 8, 1944. The 94th went into action on September 17, 1944 near St. Nazaire, France and spent 106 days on the front lines. They returned to action as a part of the XX Corps on January 8, 1945. On February 19, 1945 the 376th Infantry Regiment was detached to the 10th Armored Division. The 3rd Battalion was cut off from the rest of the regiment on February 22, 1945 on the east bank of the Saar River. Alfred was wounded in the right back on February 25, 1945. He returned to duty on May 28, 1945 and was assigned to the Headquarters Company, 9th Armored Battalion, 6th Armored Division. He was honorably discharged on September 26, 1945. Alfred had been awarded the Good Conduct Medal; Purple Heart Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with three bronze battle stars (Northern France, Ardennes, Rheinland); and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Year Range from 1944
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Material Wool/Cotton/Metal
Object ID 2005.11.1
Object Name Jacket
People Last, Alfred G.
Used Last, Alfred G.
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