The jacket was introduced into U.S. military service in 1965 to replace the M-1951 field jacket which was an improvement on the M-1943 field jacket of World War II design. It has a built-in hood that can be rolled up and fits into a pouch on the back of the neck as opposed to the separate hood that attached to the M-1951. The M-65 also has velcro fasteners on the sleeve cuffs and collar.
The M-65 field jacket was widely used by United States forces during the Vietnam War in which the jacket became useful for troops serving in the central highlands of South Vietnam, especially in cool weather conditions following monsoonal rains. It was a standard issue to U.S. troops participating in several other wars all around the world as well.
Originally introduced in OG-107, it is now produced in a large variety of colors and patterns, including military camouflage. The frontmost portion of the jacket has two large hip pockets and two medium-sized breast pockets, both sets of pockets are triple stitched. The rearmost neck portion and collar of the jacket features a zipper which houses a protective hood. Genuine M65 field coats made to "milspec" for the U.S. government will have a contract number that is set up like.
The M-1965 field jacket can be combined with a button-in insulated lining for cold-weather wear, original ones were produced by the government contractor Gibraltar Co., as well as the button-on, fur-trimmed M51 winter parka hood. Note that only genuine Milspec M65 field coats can button on the winter hoods made for them.
1969 USMC M65 Field Jacket, Apparel Corp Of America, Size Small Regular, OG107This is a Vietnam War era USMC M65 field jacket. It was made in 1969 by the Apparel Corporation Of America and it is a Size Small Regular. Someone had a tailor shop embroider the USMC and EGA on the left front pocket. This is a terrific vintage jacket.
Al Pacino in “Serpico” (1973)
As we eluded to earlier, one of the M-65‘s biggest strengths is the balance it strikes between function and form. It certainly has all of the construction qualities to protect one from the elements, but it also possesses a clean, timeless aesthetic that is not always easy to obtain.
Robert De Niro in “Taxi Driver” (1976)
Sylvester Stallone in “First Blood” (1982)
Bryan Greenberg in “How to Make it in America” (2010)
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