60s Vintage US Army M1951 M51 Field Jacket - Medium

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Genuine US Military issue

Early 60's manufacture with early shiny buttons - Circa. Vietnam War

This jacket maintains all its original insignia and is patched to a Captain Shaw with the 2nd Infantry Division. Shaw had prior wartime service with the 23rd Infantry Division,  likely a Vietnam veteran as indicated by the right-shoulder SSI and Combat Infantryman Badge over the left breast pocket. The US Army branch tape is the early 1960s subdued type on twill and the name tape is in-country/theatre made.

The M-1951 field jacket carried over a number of design aspects and features from its predecessor, the M-1943. The overall basic design is extremely similar, with only a few key elements that were added or improved upon. The main front closure is secured with a large-tooth brass zip, covered by a snap fastener-lined flap and the pockets are also secured with snap-fasteners.

The fabric shell is a treated 9-ounce wind-resistant cotton sateen in Olive Green 107 (OG-107) and the jacket is lined with a cotton poplin material. There are buttons which accommodate a removable button-in insulated liner that can be attached in colder weather. During the 1960s, many higher-ranking officers preferred the sharper look of the M-1951 in comparison to the then-standard M-1965 jacket.

Overall very good condition with some wear - The contract label is present, but faded. Slightly faded with beautiful patina. There is some minor sporadic staining as seen. All buttons, zips, fittings and fixtures are present and working. There is some very minor fraying around the cuffs and on some raised areas, but this is mostly unnoticeable.

Flat garment measurements in inches:
Chest: 42"
Length: 32
Arm: 23"
Shoulder: 17"