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USMC Green T-Shirt
USMC Green T-Shirt

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Until 1944, the Marines were issued white tshirts as their standard undershirt. At this point, the Navy Department determined that white was not the best color for purposes of concealment, so a green version was issued. Prior to this epiphany by the gods of supply, Marines had been dying their white shirts with black, green or brown dye as they had realized the concealment problems some years previously.

Our reproductions are dead-on to the original (it took 2 years to find a mint condition one to copy). They have the same external serging, wide, open necks, and 1940's cut. Meaning, unlike modern "homeboy" shirts, ours form to your body. Originals vary greatly in shade, but we got a very good pea green color that matches my original closely. The only deviation was the fabric itself- the manufacturer refused to use material as thin as originals. (They were very flimsy.) This cloth is still thinner than most modern shirts, but it holds up well. These are "generically" marked M, L, XL. Imported

Washing? Like all our garments, for longest life and least fade, hand wash cold/ hang dry is best. 100% cotton.

For more good photos of original USMC undershirts illustrating both of these points, see "USMC Uniforms, Insignia and Personal Items of WWII" pages 354-359.
  • Comparison to original (picture 3)