This Halloween Kathleen and I decided to dress up as a sailor…and well a sexy sailor. Kathleen’s outfit was actually something her mom wore back in the 70’s on the first date with her dad. My outfit consisted of a WW2 US navy jumper (top), trousers, German WW2 boots and a more modern White Sailors cap.
In general, the Navy Dress Blue Service Uniform consisted of a black cap (instead of white), a black jumper, black neckerchief, and black trousers. The jumper has finished cuffs with white piping as well as a back flap that had the same white piping along its border. The blue trousers have the traditional 13-button broadfall front opening, a lace up back to adjust for size, and distinctive flared bottoms. The pants surprisingly were a wee bit big for me, so I ended up wearing suspenders underneath.
I found a service number in my jumper (107-44-5608) and apparently it belonged to Harry Wolesky. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to track anything down on him. Apparently he passed away.
Our white pop-eye or Dixie cup hats had some names in them Hnatt S.E and also VFA-15. The VFA stands for Strike Fighter Squadron 15 and became operational in 1986. The first Valion squadron was established just one month after the attack on Pearl Harbor and continues this day under the name VFA-15 and is located NAS Oceana.