A nice original WWII era US uniform complete with ruptured duck, 2 ribbon bars, 8th Army shoulder patch, service stripes to denote 3 years of overseas enlisted service, and an additional patch found in the pocket from the 3rd Marine Division. An interesting uniform, but not without issues. It is missing branch insignia on it's collar and DI's on it's lapels. On the reverse, there is a decent amount of mothing which is visible in photos. It also appears that belt hooks have been removed/torn off. All damage is clearly depicted, and the item is priced to reflect condition. Size 37R.
Ribbons are present for the following:
- Philippine Liberation Medal (w/ Campaign Star)
- American Campaign
- WWII Victory (w/ Campaign Star (Unsure why in this case)
- Army Good Conduct
- American Defense Service
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
The 8th Army first activated on 10 June 1944 in the United States, under the command of Lieutenant General Robert Eichelberger. The Eighth Army took part in many of the amphibious landings in the Southwest Pacific Theater of World War II, eventually participating in no less than sixty of them. The first mission of the Eighth Army, in September 1944, was to take over from the U.S. Sixth Army in New Guinea, New Britain, the Admiralty Islands and on Morotai, in order to free up the Sixth Army to engage in the Philippines Campaign (1944–45).
The Eighth Army again followed in the wake of the Sixth Army in December 1944, when it took over control of operations on Leyte Island on 26 December. In January, the Eighth Army entered combat on Luzon, landing the XI Corps on 29 January near San Antonio and the 11th Airborne Division on the other side of Manila Bay two days later. Combining with I Corps and XIV Corps of Sixth Army, the forces of Eighth Army next enveloped Manila in a great double-pincer movement. Eighth Army's final operation of the Pacific War was that of clearing out the southern Philippines of the Japanese Army, including on the major island of Mindanao, an effort that occupied the soldiers of the Eighth Army for the rest of the war.