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Named Korean War-Vietnam Era Paratrooper Field Jacket
An Army field jacket in the 1943 pattern (with front button closure and button pocket flaps and cuffs) but in the later 1950's green. The jacket has the black and gold "U.S. Army" tape; name tape of "Raneli"; large color technical sergeant chevrons on the sleeves; cloth command paratrooper wings on the left breast; 187th Airborne RCT patch on the right shoulder and 82nd Airborne Division patch on left shoulder. The jacket has a few spots from use but it is in overall very good used condition. The jacket has no size tag but it is certainly a medium size. The Army data and nomenclature stamps are still visible in the interior back of the jacket. The waist drawstring remains present in the jacket, which was also well starched before it was placed into storage. There were very few paratroopers who were deployed in combat during the Korean War, most of those being with the 187th Regimental Combat Team, so Sergeant Raneli was one of those relatively few paratroopers who served in combat in the Korean War. Additionally, members of the 82nd Airborne Division served in combat in the Vietnam War, and Raneli, as a Sergeant with combat experience, very possibly was deployed to serve in Vietnam as well.
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