Olive drab US Army staff officers jacket ("Ike Jacket") worn by Lieutenant Colonel Tom Bristol Coughran of the Finance Corps. The “Ike Jacket” worn by Coughran was a uniform item made popular by General Eisenhower who often wore this style of military apparel. It was patterned after the British battle jacket.
The shoulders contain silver oak leaf insignia designating his rank as a lieutenant colonel. The collar has two U.S. pins and two General Staff detail Pins On the left sleeve at the top, is a SHAEF patch designating the jacket as belonging to a member of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force between December 13, 1944 and August 2, 1945. On the right sleeve is a patch that designates the jacket as belonging to a member of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations between March 21, 1945 and August 2, 1945. The V of the eagle represents victory and the stars represent the liberated people of Europe. On the left breast pocket are ribbons which represent medals that Lt. Col Coughran received. On the top, the ribbon on the left represents an American Campaign Medal while the right represents an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. On the bottom, from left to right the ribbons represent the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal.
Wool, silk, plastic, metal. L 70.5, W 50.0, D 9.0 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 14676.
US Army officers khaki cotton dress shirt, long sleeve with turned-down collar and seven button front, size 15 1/2 x 34".
Cotton. H 84.2, W 45.5 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 11876.
Pebble Beach, Made in California
World War II officer necktie, worn by Lieutenant Colonel Tom Bristol Coughran.
Fabric. L 1.0 M, W 16.0, D 9.0 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 14675.