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Camp Croft, South Carolina
US Army Infantry Replacement Training Center

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W.W.II Enlisted Uniforms

An anonymous soldier, no doubt proud of his new uniforms, 

sent pictures back home, most with captions on the back
describing the clothing in each pose. All of these photos include 
the caption "Camp Croft, S.C. March 29, 1942."

Service Coat - "This was taken in the woods. This pose is Parade Rest without a rifle. How do I look? Okay? The hat I have on is called an "overseas hat." And the coat I have on is called a blouse. We always have to wear the belt on duty." 

Seen here is the M1939 Enlisted Man's four pocket wool service coat with brass buttons, wool trousers, wool shirt with black tie, russet leather service shoes, early style OD wool serge garrison or overseas cap, and a khaki web belt.

Wool Shirt & Pants - NO CAPTION. This is a better view of the same uniform without the service coat. Visible here is an M1937 web waist belt with an open frame black metal buckle.
Field Jacket (M38) - "I have my field jacket on here. We wear these when it's chilly and for revile. I was talking when this was snapped that's why I look funny."

Here is the same uniform above with the addition of the "Parsons" OD field jacket know today as the "M38." Prior to the war, the service coat was the standard outerwear. General Parsons, commander of the III Corps in 1940, designed this combat jacket to replace the service coat with a comfortable, loose fitting wind breaker style garment.

Denim Fatigues - "I have my fatigue clothes on - overall pants and coat. We wear these every day on duty, and the belt and leggings, too." 

This early style fatigue uniform appeared in many configurations but all were made of blue denim material and included a blue denim or khaki canvas "Daisy Mae" hat not shown in this photo. The M1938 canvas duck leggings were standard field wear with service shoes until the introduction of the combat service boot in 1944.

HBT Fatigues - NO CAPTION.  Apparently the men in this cycle at some point received the newer style green or Olive Drab (OD) Herringbone Twill fatigues. Our "model" is also displaying his dog tags in this photo, two identification plates worn on a cord around the neck.


W.W.II Enlisted Rank Insignia

Selected trainees were given temporary rank within their squads and were
identified with rank insignia embroidered on an arm band known as a "brassard."
The insignia below would have been worn by
cadre or staff personnel.

Private First Class
Tech 5th Class
Tech 4th Class
Tech 3rd Class
Staff Sergeant
Technical Sergeant
First Sergeant
Master Sergeant

W.W.II Shoulder Patches (as used at Camp Croft)

Per Army regulations, trainees at replacement centers did not wear insignia.
The shoulder patches below represent those typically worn by members of the
trainer cadre, IRTC and post staff, and station complement at Croft.

AGF Patch
ASF Patch
4th Service Command Shoulder Patch
Replacement Training Command Shoulder Patch
Non-Combatant (Civilian) Patch
Army Ground Forces
Army Service Forces
4th Service Command
(part of ASF)
Replacement and Schools Command
Non-Combatant (Civilian)
71st Replacement BN
Station Complement
Ordnance Service
Post Photo Lab
Induction Station
Post Headquarters
Station Hospital
IRTC Headquarters
Trainer Cadre
Civilian Instructors