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Named WWII Army Transport Service Officer Uniform
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The named and dated WWII uniform, comprised of reefer jacket and pants, of an officer of the United States Maritime Service who served with the Army Transport Service. The uniform is a tailor made set in dark blue wool. The label in the interior jacket pocket is dated in May of 1944 and named to Ensign "R. Deppes". Each sleeve displays braid for the rank of a full Commander and, above the braid, is found the bullion insignia of the Army Transport Service. The gilt buttons are the early, WWII style, of the Maritime Service. The jacket is lacking one front button and another has come off of the jacket but remains with the uniform. The U.S. Maritime Service in World War II provided personnel for both the Merchant Marine and the Army Transport Service. The wartime uniforms of officers of the Maritime Service are scarce and, of these, the uniforms of officers who served with the Army Transport Service are particularly scarce. The uniform is rather dusty from storage but is in excellent condition.