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Description Jacket (size 38L) and pants (size W34/L33). Model 1943 Field Jacket: 18 ounce olive drab wool serge material; concealed buttons; inside breast pockets; two outside patch pockets with flaps; fold down collar with lapels that are convertable and could be turned up tight around the neck; shoulder loops; sleeves have adjustable right tabs; waistband extension tab; right shoulder has 70th Infantry "Trailblazer" Division (rail-splitter) patch; Tech. Sergeant chevrons on both sleeves; left shoulder 3rd Infantry Division patch; left sleeve has three gold bars indicating one and a half years overseas; right breast has Honorable Discharge insignia "Ruptured Duck" and Presidential Unit Citation; left breast has Combat Medic Badge (caduceus and litter); Campaign ribbons for: World War II Victory, Good Conduct, American Theater, European-African-Middle East Theater; Brass collar disks on both lapels; lower lapels have Distinctive Unit Insignia of "BATTLE AXE REGT" metal shields, refer to a part of the 70th Infantry Division. Left shoulder has red aiguillette. This model jacket was adopted in the fall of 1943 and called "Jacket, Field, Lined" or "ETO Jacket." It was popularly known as the "Ike Jacket."

Frank I. Chalupa was born in Oshkosh, WI in 1923, the son of Joanne W. (Minnie) Drenks Chalupa and Frank Frederick Chalupa. Frank attended Oshkosh Teachers College for three years and was drafted/inducted into the United States Army in 1943. He trained at Camp Adair near Corvallis, OR and shipped out to Europe in 1944. He served as a medic in the 70th "Trailblazer" Infantry Division. After World War II, he finished his last year at Oshkosh Teachers College; taught high school (math, chemistry, history, etc.) at Luxemburg school in Kewanee County, WI for 30 years. He coached high school wrestling and baseball, was a professional umpire in Oshkosh for Giants games, and other local teams while teaching. He died February 20, 2007.
Year Range from 1943
Event World War II
Year range to 1945
Material Wool/Cotton/Metal
Object ID 2003.89.1
Object Name Jacket
People Chalupa, Frank I.
Related Publications Oshkosh Public Museum 2003-2004 Annual Report, September 2004.
Used Chalupa, Frank I.
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