1st pattern utility shirt.

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    1st pattern utility shirt.

    Post by Across1 on Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:12 am

    Here is a recent find of mine. A nice first pattern utility shirt & pants. (not pictured)

    It’s hard to find these with a pocket patch. This is the 121st signal Bn.

    I love this period in US Army uniform history. Very colorful and easy to identify rank & unit. Not like today right?








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    Re: 1st pattern utility shirt.

    Post by Easy Gee on Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:48 pm

    Nice jacket,your not wrong about rank and unit,very clear on this piece.........cool collectable jacket Cool

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    Re: 1st pattern utility shirt.

    Post by Sarge on Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:28 am

    utility shirt? What are you, a former marine?
    The Army uniform item you show is, and always was, called a Fatigue shirt! Sometime also called a Fatigue jacket.
    That one needs to go back to the laundry - it doesn't look like it has any starch in it. In the Army of that time one "broke starch" every morning AND depending on your job & rank you did it again before you came back from lunch.
    That's up to 10 sets of fatigues used each week. I think I had around a dozen sets of fatigues in my closet or at the laundry.
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    Re: 1st pattern utility shirt.

    Post by Across1 on Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:47 pm

    Thanks Sarge for your comments. Yes, fatigues is the correct term. I'm certainly not a Marine. I love these jackets. I love how the patches are so colorful and easy to see. Sometimes, I do get them and they are as stiff as a board. I've always wondered how you guys put them on every day. I wonder how today's soldiers would handle having to put on a set of fully starched fatigues? What’s funny is sometimes I pick up sets of BDUs and they are starched solid too. Even though the laundering instructions specifically say "Do not starch" Keeps things looking sharp though.

    Thanks again for posting.

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    Re: 1st pattern utility shirt.

    Post by CamoDeafie on Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:33 am

    that is a nice piece of uniform! by the way, the tag will always say "man's utility" in there, even if its a Marine Corps term Wink
    I've a set of OG107s that is starched flat, and a set of BDUs also starched flat. majority of my uniforms aren't though.

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    Early Fatigue Shirt

    Post by helm40 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:21 pm

    I just picked this up over the weekend at a little junk shop sale. I have a whole dollar in it. This has several things that perplex me. The buttons are 13 star metal and the inside is marked to the soldier with the WWII type ID B5670. Anyone have any ideas? I would guess sometime after WWII and before Korea??? I will post the pics seperately.
    Thanks,
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    Post by helm40 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:23 pm


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    Re: 1st pattern utility shirt.

    Post by helm40 on Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:26 pm


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    Re: 1st pattern utility shirt.

    Post by Sarge on Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:17 am

    Yes I know what the tag says, BUT we Never called them utilities! They were always referred to as Fatigues.

    The HBTs were worn into the post Korean War period. The SP/4 stripes didn't come into use till After Korea. The B5670 style laundry mark was used into the 70s and probably later.
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    Re: 1st pattern utility shirt.

    Post by 1stDivVet on Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:48 pm

    That is a Korean War era sateen utility shirt. These replaced the hbt's and were used well into Vietnam. my neighbr has one of his from his time in the USMC in Vietnam. The Spc. rank of that type was replaced in the early 60's. Nametape is f the older type used in the early 50's about the time the Spc rank was introduced. My guess would be this dates to around 57 or 58 based on type of shirt and insignia..

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    Re: 1st pattern utility shirt.

    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:58 pm

    My father was in the army 1960-1962 and he wore the type posted up top. Pretty much everything else he was issued had WW2 dates on them Smile

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