USN WWII Chambray Shirt
Built for Battle.
Pacific Ocean, 1942.
The SG radar picks up targets south-southwest making 22 knots in three columns.
Range: 16,000 yards.
The men helming United States Navy battleships like the Sodak and Washington—loading 2,700-pound shells into 16-inch naval rifles with barrels over 60 feet long—wore dungarees and chambray shirts. In fact, this was the standard uniform for most Navy men during WWII, regardless of assignment.
A white t-shirt worn underneath was a popular choice. The chambray sleeves might be rolled up mid-bicep or full length. The hats varied—white sailor hats pushed back, hanging onto heads by the sheer force of God knows what (undeniable gumption perhaps), crusher caps, baseball caps (usually for mechanics).
By this point, battleships were used more as screeners for the darlings of the Navy, aircraft carriers. However, armed to the teeth, battleships were still something to be feared.
The enemy found this out at the Battle of Guadalcanal, where the men in the dungarees and chambray shirts unleashed the lead and saved the day.
USN WWII Chambray Shirt (No. 6631). Your "blue collar" shirt. Every man needs one. Good for twisting a wrench with the sleeves rolled up. Understatedly handsome with a tie. This 6.5 oz selvage indigo chambray has true chambray structure in that the warp and weft gross equally, giving it that authentic "light" appearance. Two-hole channel urea workwear buttons. Double-needle stitching. Unique patch-and-flap spaded pocket shape (like the originals). Washed for a vintage look and feel. Adopted and made famous by the USN, made even more famous by certain kings of cool. Imported.
*Model is 6' 1" and is wearing a size medium shirt.