Great work. The way you've processed the photo makes it look as though you took this in London during the 1940s. There's a certain darkness in the photo that evokes a "wartime" melancholy, if that makes sense. Anyway, great shot.
Great Shot – as always – Scott – can anyone with an eye for this kind of stuff determine his rank, regiment, deployment, service medals and such from his uniform, medals, decorations, and other elements? Love to know.
Thank you to veterans of all wars. My wish is there never be another war. But that you've served with courage and selflessness is something I admire greatly. You deserve our thanks and that we take care of you when you come home.
As someone whose family was rescued from the jaws of Hitler's death camps by the soldiers of Patton's 8th Army, I am profoudly grateful to see this shot today, Veterans' Day. Thank you very much. Personal reminiscences aside, this gentleman in his uniform reminds all of us just how much military styling has influenced menswear over the last 100 years. In light of this, the Burberry project provides a very tangible reminder of this fact-right down to the grenade loops which are still on the original version.
@ Jack Daniel> November 11th is Veteran's Day in the USA (& Remembrance Day in Canada). It is a day where we remember the sacrifices and service of many men & women who have fought for freedom (regardless of politics.) All over North America yesterday there were parades & ceremonies to honor the veterans. Those who have served our countries put on their full dress uniform on this day.
Thanks Sart for an amazing photo. I honor those who have given their lives to serve in this way.
Guess not many veterans read The Sartorialist. His incorrect wearing of his decorations set my teeth on edge. With this uniform you wear ribbons only, not medals like what is hanging from his pocket flaps.
Gabriel the most I can make out from his uniform is that he was enlisted. That style uniform was worn in the 40s and 50s. The shoulder patch looks like Engineer Amphibian Units (WWII), but not sure. The red piping on his service cap indicate he was in the Artillery which conflicts with the shoulder patch. The medals seem to be foreign (non-US) awards. the top ribbon looks like a Meritorious Service Medal.
This is amazing! A coworker and I ran into this man a few weeks back at whole foods. He was absolutely delightful and lively. Buying groceries to cook a large Italian meal for his wife and friends, he was wearing a captain's hat and tan trench. Later he was going to the lower east side with some friends to watch a show and "have a few beers". A delight to see him again in this dapper uniform.
Sir I thank you and the other veterans for making America what it is. This photo reminds me of my grandfathers who both served during world war II. It is amazing to think how much this man as well as other elderly Veterans have lived through. They saw the world change with their own eyes. I wish the men of todays day had the same pride and morals as this man here does. I salute you.
Continuing the identification of the patches (sorry), the oval patch found on the service cap and the left breats pocket is the patch of the amphibious training command (red seahorse in a blue oval circle on a white bckground) from WWII.
I'm also a veteran and I had the same reaction as you did. I was initially willing to cut the guy some slack, but there are so many things wrong with this uniform.
The first thing I noticed was the bloused trousers in the boots. This is only authorized for airborne units, yet this man wears no jump wings. The badge he wears on his left breast pocket and on his cap match no Army unit.
The left side of the jacket is reserved for domestic awards, yet the medal he wears over the left breast pocket, despite being unauthorized for this uniform, does not exist within the realm of authorized US Army medals.
His sleeves bear no service bars or overseas service (combat) bars. The utility belt he wears is unauthorized.
The list goes on… I'd like to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, and I like to think that when I'm that old I'll also wear my own uniform in accordance with Army protocol. Then again, it's pretty taboo to wear your service uniform in public without authorization or proper circumstances…
I agree with most of the critiques about this mans uniform. Without taking anything away from his possible military service, I should think that if he was in WW2 he would know better to wear imporper combat/class1 uniform combinations. Particularly, a Vietnam era type reproduction jump boots with canvas tigerstripe uppers that were never made during Nam. Besides there were no black boots issued in ww2 except to the Germans and Russians, etc. White shirts and black ties were never authorised. The list goes on. However, I think that the vet is perhaps trying to embelish a bit to accentuate his pride. At this stage there is probably nothing wrong with that.
The uniform is a mish mash of surplus store or he could be a vet with a wild sense of humor. I'd have to look at his 201 file to be sure.
There are so many people who masquerade as veterans in NYC and they easily get away with it because no one here knows any better. 99.9% of the people here don't know a CIB from an EIB and that's the really sad story.