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US Coast Guard fatigue uniform jacket worn by Lieutenant Merle J. Smith Jr.

Catalog Data

Manufactured by:
Anvil Knitwear, Inc., founded 1876  Search this
Worn by:
CMDR Merle J. Smith Jr., American, died 2021  Search this
Subject of:
United States Coast Guard, American, founded 1790  Search this
Medium:
cotton (fiber) and plastic with thread
Dimensions:
H x W: 32 1/2 × 19 3/4 in. (82.6 × 50.2 cm)
Type:
uniforms
Place used:
Viet Nam, Asia
Date:
1969
Caption:
Commander Merle J. Smith, Jr. became the first African American graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1966. While serving in Vietnam as a cutter commander, Smith became the first African American to command a U.S. warship in close-quarters combat and was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in 1969.
Description:
A green fatigue uniform jacket worn by United States Coast Guard Lt. Merle J. Smith, Jr. The jacket has four pockets in the front. The sleeves are flared with buttons attached to the cuffs near the body. At the collar corners are two patches with black stitched letters. The patch on the proper right side is the last name of the wearer that reads "SMITH." The patch on the proper left side is for the coast guard and reads "U.S. COAST GUARD." Attached to the collar on either side are bars indicating this jacket is for a lieutenant junior grade. Inside the jacket are labels indicating the size and washing instructions.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Military  Search this
Vietnam War, 1961-1975  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Merle J. Smith, Jr.
Object number:
2014.32.3.1
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Historical
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5acf84add-ee2c-4287-976c-72937484d355
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.32.3.1