|Alternate Name||Military Uniform|
Woman's military uniform, Women's Army Air Force. Consists of olive green wool coat, skirt, and garrison cap. A: coat with notched lapel, 2 breast pockets and 2 slit pockets, military buttons, patches, insignia, and service ribbons. Lined with brown synthetic fabric. B: Gored skirt with side zipper and button closure at waist. Zipper placket is marked with initials "JED" in embroidery. C: garrison cap with curved seam in front. Symbols on coat include: "U.S." disks and Women's Army Corps (WAC) Pallas Athene insignia disks on lapels; shoulder sleeve insignia with rainbow above a flaming sword on a blue background; shoulder sleeve insignia with the word "AIRBORNE" over a winged numeral 1 with crossed swords below; staff sergeant sleeve patches with green chevrons on black backgrounds; square sleeve patch with gold embroidered wreath; and others. Related items include khaki shirtwaist and tie (catalog numbers C01.1443 and C01.1451).
(Keywords: Fashion, United States, Troops, Twentieth Century, Accessory, New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of Jane DePuy|
|Ownership and History||
Worn during World War II by Jane DePuy (1900-1991), a lifelong resident of Port Richmond, Staten Island. Jane enrolled in the Women's Army Corps (WACs) on February 10, 1943, and served for four years. She was a librarian for the WACs while stationed in Boca Raton, Florida; she also served in Berlin with the armed forces as a staff sergeant with counterintelligence for part of her service. Jane DePuy played the piano, and took part in musical entertainments in service centers in the U.S. and in England and Germany.
In civilian life, Jane DePuy accompanied the Richmond Glee Club on piano for many years; she was also an accompanist for the Aeolian Women's Chorus of Staten Island and the Masonic Glee Club. She was a member of the Staten Island chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a curator at the Staten Island Historical Society. In 1987 she was honored by the Staten Island Women's Post of the American Legion.
Clothing & dress
World War II
|Lexicon Sub-category||Clothing -- Outerwear|
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