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Army Green Service Uniform jacket worn by General Colin L. Powell

Catalog Data

Manufactured by:
Weintraub Brothers Company, Inc., founded 1917  Search this
Worn by:
General Colin L. Powell, American, 1937 - 2021  Search this
Subject of:
United States Armed Forces, American, founded 1775  Search this
United States Army, American, founded 1775  Search this
Owned by:
General Colin L. Powell, American, 1937 - 2021  Search this
Medium:
(a) polyester with satin and metal fasteners
(b-i) silver
Dimensions:
Chest: 18 1/8 in. (46 cm)
Waist: 20 7/8 in. (53 cm)
L x W: 37 13/16 × 26 in. (96 × 66 cm)
H x W x D (b-i): 1 × 1 × 9/16 in. (2.5 × 2.5 × 1.5 cm)
Type:
jackets
military uniforms
Place used:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1989-1993
Caption:
Colin Luther Powell was born in Harlem, New York, on April 5, 1937. He graduated from Community College of New York in 1958 and earned his commission through the ROTC as a second lieutenant in the Regular Army. After a distinguished and highly decorated military career, Powell was promoted to four-star general in 1989. That same year he became the first African American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), serving under President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. General Powell retired from the Army in 1993 after 35 years of service. In 2001 he became the first African American Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush before resigning in 2004. General Powell died on October 18, 2021, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. After a funeral service at Washington National Cathedral in D.C., General Powell was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Description:
A US Army green service uniform jacket (a) with officer stars (b-i) worn by General Colin L. Powell. This single-breasted jacket (a) is made from a dark olive green polyester fabric and closes at the center front with four (4) gold buttons featuring the US Army insignia in relief. There are two (2) box-pleat flap breast pockets, one at each front side. The flaps are tacked down at the corners and one (1) decorative gold US Army insignia button is attached at the center of each flap. There are two (2) front waist welted pockets, one at each front side. Each pocket has a flap that covers the welt, with one (1) decorative gold US Army insignia button attached at the center of each flap. The sleeves are full-length straight cut without a cuff, though a band of 1 1/2-inch wide black woven tape is sewn around each sleeve three (3) inches from the wrist hem. A black and gold machine-embroidered patch reading "RANGER" is attached at the proper left sleeve just below the shoulder seam. A blue and white machine-embroidered patch in the shape of a shield with a blue ground and four (4) white stars, indicating the 23rd Infantry Division US Army, is attached at the proper right sleeve just below the shoulder seam. An Overseas Service Bar black patch with four (4) gold bars (indicating two years of overseas service) is attached at the proper right sleeve just above the black trim near the wrist hem. The back of the jacket has one (1) center vent. The interior of the sleeves are fully lined with a green synthetic fabric, and the interior body is partially lined with the same at the front sides and around the back shoulders, with the bottom edge of the lining at the shoulder blades unattached from the back facing fabric. There are two (2) interior welted breast pockets, one at each front side. A black fabric manufacturer's tag is sewn below the opening of the interior proper right pocket with blue and gold embroidered text reading "PATRIOT / STYLED BY / Weintraub Bros. Co. / DRY CLEAN ONLY". A hanger loop is sewn at the interior center back neck with embroidered text reading "MADE IN U.S.A. BY / American Craftsmen / DRY CLEAN ONLY".
(b-i): Eight (8) silver metal five-pointed officer stars, all alike. Four (4) of the pins (b, c, d, e) are attached along the proper left shoulder strap. The other four (4) pins (f, g, h, i) are attached along the proper right shoulder strap.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Local and regional  Search this
Military  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alma J. Powell
Object number:
A2022.101.1.34.1a-i
Restrictions & Rights:
No known copyright restrictions
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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/fd569c982ef-fe24-4259-a843-0eec3f280edf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_A2022.101.1.34.1a-i