WW2 OverSeas Cap US Army

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When first issued to U.S. "doughboys" in World War I, the hat was called the overseas cap as it was only worn by troops in France who were given the French type forage cap, as they did not have their wide-brimmed campaign hats with them. The overseas cap could be stored easily when the helmet was being worn.  the garrison cap was given branch of service color piping, as had earlier been the case with the cord of the campaign hat (light blue for infantry, red for artillery, yellow for cavalry, etc.).

A Basic Guide by Military-Memorabilia

 One of the interesting aspects of US WWII Garrison Caps was the presence of colored piping in the soldier's service branch along the upper edges of the cap's body and flap.  By referencing this chart, you will know what branch of service a particular Garrison Cap was issued for.

BRANCH - MAIN COLOR / SECONDARY COLOR (If Any)

  • Adjutant General's Department (to 1944) - Dark Blue / Scarlet Red
  • Adjutant General's Department (1944 on) - Dark Blue / White
  • Army Air Corps - Ultramarine Blue / Golden Orange
  • Armored Center and Units - Green / White
  • Cavalry - Yellow
  • Chaplins - Black
  • Chemical Warfare - Colbalt Blue / Golden Yellow
  • Coastal Artillery - Scarlet Red
  • Commissioned Officers - Gold / Black
  • Detached Enlisted Personnel - Green
  • Engineer Corps - Scarlet Red / White
  • Finance Department - Silver Grey / Golden Yellow
  • General Grade Officers - Gold
  • General Staff Corps - Gold / Black
  • Inactive Reserves - Brown / White
  • Infantry - Light Blue
  • Inspector General Department (to 1944) - Dark Blue / Light Blue
  • Inspector General Department (1944 on) - Dark Blue / White
  • Judge Advocate General Department -  Dark Blue / White
  • Medical Department - Maroon Red / White
  • Military Intelligence - Golden Yellow / Purple
  • Military Police - Yellow / Green
  • Militia Bureau - Dark Blue
  • Ordnance Department - Crimson Red / Yellow
  • USMA Permanent Professors - Scarlet Red / Silver Grey
  • Quartermasters Corps - Buff Yellow
  • Signal Corps - Orange / White
  • Specialist's Reserve - Brown / Golden Yellow
  • Tank Destroyer Units - Golden Orange / Black
  • Transportation Corps - Brick Red / Golden Yellow
  • Warrant Officers (to 1944) - Brown
  • Warrant Officers (1944 on) - Silver / Black
  • Women's Auxillary Army Corps (1942) - Old Gold / Moss Green
  • Women's Army Corps (1943 on) - Old Gold / Moss Green

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