Cape made by Miriam H. Collier
Miriam Hagan Collier (1916-1997), of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was a civilian employee at Camp Shelby during the Second World War. She worked at Quartermaster Laundries on post as a seamstress and clerk from 1941 to 1946. Collier made this cape and decorated the garment with various military insignia patches that she collected while working at Camp Shelby. Among the patches sewn onto the cape are ones for units that trained at Camp Shelby during the war, including the 28th, 65th, 69th, and 99th Infantry Divisions.
Insignia on Front Right Side
First Row: Anti Aircraft Command; Second Row: 65th Infantry Division; Third Row: 1st Coast Artillery, Parachute Infantry, 69th Infantry Division, Army Air Corps Engineering Specialist; Fourth Row: Army Service Forces, Armored Division
Insignia on Front Left Side
First Row: US (on the lapel), Tank Destroyer Forces, 8 Wheel Variation; Second Row: Replacement and School Command; Third Row: 4th Service Command, Ninth Army, Officer Candidate School (OCS), 2nd Coast Artillery; Fourth Row: Third Army, 99th Infantry Division
Insignia on Back
First Row: Army Air Forces; Second Row: 1st Cavalry Division, 3rd Air Force, Second Army; Third Row: Army Ports of Embarkation, Anti Aircraft Command, Western Defense Command, 28th Infantry Division; Fourth Row: 4th Army, XXII Corps; Fifth Row: Alaska Defense Command, U.S. Army Specialized Training Program, 15th Air Force, 5th Army, 8th Air Force