OFFICE of STRATEGIC SERVICES (OSS) U.S. Army COLONEL’s Tunic

$6,495.00

A Breathtakingly Incredible, Exceedingly RARE U.S. Army Colonel’s Jacket who served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in World War II. Amazing and Full of Fine, Tailored Adornments, Medals, Patches and Decorations.

SKU: WW2OSSTUNIC Category:

Description

Taking it from the Top, then Down

 

Shoulders / Epaulets:

  1. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Distinctive Unit Insignia (DUI) in Gorgeous Gold Bullion on Black Wool {Custom Tailor Made}
  2. S. Army Colonel Rank Insignia Beautifully Created in Silver and Red Bullion on Brown Wool {Custom Tailor Made}

 

  Collars :

  1. “U.S” Army Officer Collar Devices in Gold Bullion {Custom Tailor Made}
  2. Infantry Officer Branch Insignia {‘Crossed Rifles’} in Gold Bullion {Custom Tailor Made} (in the correct ‘Horizontal’ position, as were regulation in World War II.

 

  Chest (Left then Right) :

  1. Office of Strategic Service (OSS) U.S. Army Airborne Qualification Wings with the addition of Gold “OSS” Letters on the Risers and Stamping of TWELVE {12} Gold Stars on the Feathered Wings ! (some still retaining a slight gold inset) in approximately 1mm in Size. This Airborne Badge is an early 1940s Issue with a raised ‘STERLING’ hallmark on the rear and a hollow-backed ‘ice cream cone’ look.
  2. Office of Strategic Service (OSS) Jump Wing Oval (‘Flash’) is an English made example in the correct Black on Red/Orange with a Gold Bullion Inner Ring.
  3. Decoration Medals Include (in Order of Precedence) ;

 

  • Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Our Nations Second Highest Award for Valor.
  • Purple Heart (PH) Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster denoting two Combat Wounds.
  • American Defense Medal
  • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One (1) Silver Star, Four (4) Bronze Stars and Two (2) Invasion Arrowheads ! {9 Campaigns & 2 Invasion Participations}
  • U/I Foreign Medal (Possibly the French Cross of Merit)
  • Legion of Honor Medal (French)
  • Croix De Guerre Medal with Palm (French)
  • British Commonwealth “1939-1945” Star Medal
  • U/I Foreign Medal

 

  1. Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster custom tailor-made with Gold Bullion Bordering and a ‘Silvered’ Oak Leaf on Blue Background.

 

Right Sleeve (Top to Bottom) :

  1. Fourragere – Croix De Guerre {Belgium example}
  2. ‘RECONNAISSANCE’ Tab in custom tailor-made Gold Bullion Capital Lettering on Black Wool with a simple bordering of Red.
  3. ‘LEADER’ Hash in Green Wool sewn horizontal mid-sleeve.
  4. ‘PATHFINDER’ Patch in Silk on Blue/Purple Wool (near Pristine example)
  5. Overseas Service Bars {‘Combat Stripes’} Seven (7) Gold Bullion denoting 42+ Months of Overseas Service.

 

Left Sleeve (Top to Bottom) :

  1. 82nd Airborne Division Service Sleeve Insignia (SSI) Wartime Service {‘Combat Patch’} is a period Two-Piece, Machine Made with Tab and Main Patch separate.
  2. OSS/SOE “SF.” ‘Jedburgh’ Wings in Silk and Wool of English manufacture and in pristine condition.

 

The U.S. Army Officers Coat is a Size 34 Regular dated with a year of manufacture of 1944. It remains in extremely good condition.

 

Provenance: Procured from a long-time Houston, Texas advanced collection who acquired it from a veteran who was a friend of this Colonel in a the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

 

This Tunic is obviously museum-quality.

 

It is Unidentified but with the DSC and other ‘Narrowing’ Factors I am sure the field can be slim as to who this belonged to.

 

(Note: Cap, Tie, Shirt, U.S. Flag are not part of the Grouping or Included in the Sale)