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the '69' is the date of contract.1980's printed on polyester tag with DLA number.

Some early ones only have the maker's tag and an approval label.

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The new 100% wool uniforms are close to the WW2 tailor made, but not identicle.

another way to tell if it is WW2, is if the sailor was a Sn or below, he wore a stripe on the jumpers.

Red for Fireman rated on all 3 types of jumpers, and for Deck rated, blue on the whites and white on the blues. The rate of Seaman Recruit through Seaman (E-1, E-2, E-3) which are diagnal stripes on the upper left sleeve about halfway, were instituted in 1947. White for seaman, blue for constructionman, red for engineman. So did the enlisted Pea coats which also will have a corderoy lining in the pockets and have a line of stitching on the cuffs a few inches from the edge (so do Korea ones).

Fireman wore the red stripe on the left shoulder, seamen on the right. From the early turn of the century until 1947, these first 3 rates were shown on the cuffs of the jumper. The crows rates, E-4 to E-6 were worn on either the right or left sleeve depending on the rate. The last rate for a Chief Petty Officer was just that. The khaki coats with chief's rnk in bullion are most likely post war.

Neither myself nor the many insignia collectors I've talked to have ever seen a used wartime example of a khaki bullion rate.

Not saying one doesn't exist as they did for the blue 'reefer' coat and the gray coat. Also the letters USN are not straight, they follow the curve of the rope or the N tilts down.

The smaller CPO badge was worn on the hat only, not the collars. One the CPO cap, there is no background(tombstone) behind the CPO badge.

There are always a lot of USN dress uniforms on E Bay that are mis-listed for the time period.

Tjis is due to the uniform having changed so little in over 100 years. For the enlisted "Cracker jack type uniform: Pre WW1 - WW1No labels. Mine are blank (Civil War and WW1 Gunner's Mate 1st Class, WW1 Hospitolman)1930'swoven Naval Clothing Factory label (from 1930's Sn dress blue jumper and pants)WW2printed Naval Clothing Factory label (from approx.

15 different dress and undress jumpers and pants)Koreaprinted Naval Clothing Depot label (from P-coat and 2 NOS jumpers)Vietnamprinted label with DSA number. examples: DSA-100-2492 - on working blue jumper of Aviation Electrician on the USS Wasp when she was recovering the Gemini capsuls in 65.

DSA 100-69-C-1718 on dress jumper of Fireman on the USS Albany in 72.