So very true Ed. With the number of reproductions and messed with uniforms these days, it really makes one skeptical about good stories. I tend to believe this one as I know the individual who originally obtained the smock and trust him, however, when the day comes that the smock changes hands again, will the story matter at all?
Quite a bit of my stuff has come directly from the veteran (or at least it did, back in the 1980's) when I started collecting. Much of the provenance is known only to me now and I suppose it will be disputed some day when I pass along my holdings.