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I recently took note of the Battle-Jacket issue that has been getting press in your newsletter. I went through boot camp during the last vestiges of the brown shoe (leather) era and was issued one Battle-Jacket and one green blouse as part of my basic clothing issue. I cannot speak for others; but the Marines in my units never referred to this article of clothing as an Ike-Jacket. I do remember that the Battle-Jacket was very comfortable and very popular – especially amongst those who were not issued one.
I’ve enclosed a photo of two “salty” Lance Corporals (my buddy Ron Selkellick and myself) taken behind the Communications Company, Schools Demonstration Troops’ barracks at Quantico, Virginia sometime in 1962.
Wayne ‘Mac’ McNeir