GEN. COLIN POWELL''S ORIGINAL GENERAL UNIFORM WITH STARS, SLEEVE PATCHES, AND NAME TAG
An historic uniform grouping, the Class A service tunic once belonging to Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff COLIN POWELL (b. 1937). The grouping includes Powell''s original green, four-button "class A" service tunic for general officers, with matching trousers, and visor cap. The uniform blouse, made by Marlow White of Ft. Leavenworth, bears Powell''s original "POWELL" name tag, general''s stars (four, one set on each shoulder), 23rd Infantry Division patch (on right shoulder), and overseas service "hash marks". In addition, the uniform has been fitted with replacements of the original twenty-three badges and ribbon bars once present, including the Combat Infantryman Badge, Defense Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Soldier''s Medal, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with silver service star, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral "2", Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Presidential Service Badge, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge. The Pathfinder Badge, awarded to soldiers who successfully complete the U.S. Army Pathfinder School at Fort Benning, Georgia, is affixed to the right front belt loop of the trousers. The visor cap bears the bullion oak leaves of a general officer. The trousers are marked with a black ink "X" inside the waistband on either side of the fly, in keeping with Powell''s habit. The uniform group was purchased along with two other Powell uniforms from a thrift store in Fort Myer, Virginia, in September 1993, shortly after Powell''s retirement from military service. The uniforms were donated by Powell''s wife, and at the time of purchase featured only Powell''s name tag, general''s stars, and sleeve patches. The buyer acquired replacement badges and award ribbons from Powell''s office, with the aim of replicating the appearance of the uniform circa the first Gulf War, and retained the services of Powell''s tailor to have them applied in the fashion that Powell would have worn them. The uniform is in fine condition overall. Accompanying the uniform group is a signed affidavit from the original owner, Stephen M. Henry, describing the circumstances of his acquisition of the uniform and its later sale to Maurice Cockrell, from whom it was acquired by our consignor. Also present is an 8" x 10" signed photograph of Powell, depicting the general in his uniform, signed at bottom in black ink, as well as a cut magazine image of Powell, a short biography, a list of his awards, and a U.S. Army regulation button down shirt and tie, correct for this uniform but not original to it. A fine group from one of the most renowned soldiers of the modern American military.