US Navy dress jumper worn by Lorenzo DuFau on USS Mason

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Manufactured by
United States Navy, American, founded 1775
Worn by
DuFau, Lorenzo A., American, 1920 - 2015
Medium
wool, cloth tape, and plastic buttons
Dimensions
H x W x D (on form): 27 1/2 × 25 × 11 in. (69.9 × 63.5 × 27.9 cm)
H x W (flat): 27 1/4 × 17 in. (69.2 × 43.2 cm)
Type
pullovers
military uniforms
Date
1944-1945
Description
A navy blue wool US Navy dress uniform jumper worn by Lorenzo DuFau during World War II. The jumper is a pullover style sweater made from a very dark blue thick fulled wool and features a traditional sailor collar and fitted sleeves with gathered cuffs. It has a blue twill tape drawstring in the waist that protrudes from two holes at the center front of the hem. Two (2) white five-pointed stars are machine embroidered with one in each corner of the back of the collar. The edge of the collar and the fitted cuffs are trimmed with three (3) rows of white tape. The cuffs close with two (2) black plastic buttons each. An anchor is engraved into the face of the buttons. There is one (1) welted watch pocket at the proper left breast. Sewn at the proper right breast is a Ruptured Duck diamond-shaped patch of blue wool with a yellow machine-embroidered design of a spread eagle inside a circle, given for honorable discharge. A first class signalman's patch made from blue wool with machine embroidery of a white eagle over crossed signal flags above three (3) red chevrons is sewn on the upper arm of the proper right sleeve. The jumper is not lined. White stamped text that is severely deteriorated can be seen on the interior proper right back above the hem reading "DU FAU USA". A cream tag with blue printed text is hand sewn on the proper left back interior hem reading "LORENZO DUFAU".
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Military
Race relations
World War II
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Lorenzo A. DuFau
Object number
2009.5.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Exhibition
Double Victory: The African American Military Experience
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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