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THE US ARMY "IKE JACKET" and THE USMC "BATTLE JACKET"

October 14 2004 at 12:43 PM
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THE IKE JACKET

In the movie, PATTON, starring, former Marine, George C. Scott, Patton remarks to the effect that Eisenhower has stolen his jacket--speaking of the Ike Jacket. I can find no specific information relating to the above on the Internet. In fact, the following webpage on the origin and history of the "Ike Jacket," although making some mention of Patton does not credit him with any part in its design, origin, etc.

THE "IKE JACKET
http://www.eisenhower.utexas.edu/ikejack.htm>;

The following information, however, may indicate support for the remark of Patton from the movie. Possibly, Patton's remark related to the following information.

"General George 'Blood and Guts' Patton knew the importance of good-looking uniforms. In 1940, he designed a uniform for tankers that consisted of green pants, a double-breasted green jacket with gold buttons and a gold helmet. The Army rejected it, but the original model is on permanent display at Fort Knox.
http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,Defensewatch_121203_Chaos,00.html>;

"The W.W. II Ike jacket was named after Dwight D. Eisenhower, copied off the British Battle Dress jacket, and was designed for tankers."
http://www.aaftankmuseum.com/TRACKFACTS.htm>;

Although Patton himself was a distant cousin of Marine General Lewis B. Puller, I find no mention anywhere that the two ever met.The Ike Jacket is not to be confused with a somewhat similar jacket used by the Marine Corps during WW II, and for sometime thereafter--it was known in the Corps as the "Battle Jacket, and, in its early years of WW II, it was also called the Vandegrift Jacket."
http://www.network54.com/Forum/message?forumid=220604&messageid=1071761622

The Patton Society Page--Extensive Information on Patton...
http://www.pattonhq.com/homeghq.html



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