Special Forces Ike Jacket

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    Special Forces Ike Jacket

    Post by nkomo on Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:27 am

    I just bought this Ike jacket off of MVMHM. This is an early Special Forces Ike jacket with the early SF SSI and the Airborne tab (teal on yellow). The Ike jacket is dated 1953 on the interior tag. From what I've been able to gather, this jacket would have been worn in 1955. The SF SSI came out in 1955 and the Class A's came out in 1955/1956 time period. So, this Ike would have been used for a very short period of time by the SF.

    As you can tell, this uniform is VERY small. The mannequin I placed the uniform on to for pictures can handle a Small Regular jacket with room to spare, but this jacket wouldn't even button.

    The insignia on this uniform appears to be original and the stitching is old. No other insignia appears to have ever been present. It does appear to have had some DI on the shoulder straps (which are sewn down). All the pockets have buttons and snap closures on the edges.

    The jacket does have a little bit of condition issues. I had once considered stripping the uniform of it's insignia and using it for a display. BUT...I think this piece is rare enough that I'll probably spend some money and get it professionally repaired.





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    Re: Special Forces Ike Jacket

    Post by nkomo on Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:28 am

    Here is a close up of the SSI on the sleeve.



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    Re: Special Forces Ike Jacket

    Post by nkomo on Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:30 am

    Back view and soldier's ID (S-5655) on inside of lining.





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    Re: Special Forces Ike Jacket

    Post by nkomo on Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:32 am

    Before anyone says anything....I know this pre-dates the major US involvement in South-East Asia, but this is the closest category this piece fit into. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


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    Re: Special Forces Ike Jacket

    Post by Across1 on Thu Sep 02, 2010 11:05 pm

    The "Ike" jackets were in still in use up to 1960 - 1961. The AG44 (Class A Greens" were introduced in 1957 and for the 3 years after, they had a "1 & 1" policy for wearing them. The official wearout date for the Ike was in 1961. So your SF trooper could've held out and kept wearing it. I have one also with the OD on blue MSGT rank. Mine has a yellow on black airborne tab. I picked it up at a flea market back in 1981 and have always been pround to own a special forces Ike jacket. Its like having a rookie card of special forces uniforms.
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    Re: Special Forces Ike Jacket

    Post by Tyler Flint on Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:04 pm

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