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005DH-OT - 85th Seabees "Leather Pushers" Boxing T-shirt - FALL 2018 (PRE-ORDER ONLY)

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*****NOTE: THIS ITEM IS PRE-ORDER ONLY SO PLEASE EMAIL vforvictory1945@yahoo.com AND YOUR NAME AND SIZE WILL BE ADDED TO THE STORE. ANTICIPATED COMPLETION DATE OF 10/31/18.****

Our fifth design, 005DH, was unearthed while researching the 85th Naval Construction Battalion's 1943 - 1944 Cruise Book. The 85th NCB was assigned to "Island X" in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, part of the Aleutian Islands chain. Page 22 of the book, titled "ATHLETICS", had a fascinating boxing team photo, with "Leather Pushers", written underneath. Not only did these sailors look tough but their stenciled Thunderbird sweatshirts were amazing, as well as their cool anchor stenciled shorts (see photo 4). Victory-1945 was so taken by the design that we decided to bring the Thunderbird back to life some 74 years later.

This WWII inspired t-shirt uses a carefully replicated design from the rare 85th NCB boxing team cruise book photo, featuring a Thunderbird graphic that is hand airbrushed over a laser cut stencil. The idea here was to accurately recreate this amazing boxing design using a stencil and airbrush, the way it was likely done in 1944.

This war-era tee is being offered in a limited Fall 2018 run of Pre-Orders only and is hand airbrushed in black acrylic paint on a Runabout Good oatmeal t-shirt by our buddy Mike Karberg of Blue Mirror Vintage. (Note: Size M uses a smaller stencil than Sizes L & XL to maintain accurate proportions). Each shirt comes with a dual sided graphic hang tag, hand inked with tee specifications and the edition number, which is attached to a vintage USN brass laundry safety pin with patriotic red, white, and blue twine.

This design is 100% Made in the USA featuring the best period correct t-shirt available. Runabout Goods Simple Tee is 100% tubular cotton, pre-shunk (sanforized), with traditional 1940's fit, blind stitch hems, 3/4" bias cut rib collar with 1/8" double needle cover-stitch, and is Made in Los Angeles, CA.

****A Brief History on the 85TH Naval Construction Battalion****

The 85th Battalion was commissioned at Camp Allen on February 6, 1943 and moved to Davisville, R.I., then on February 9 to Gulfport, Miss., and on to Port Hueneme on May 6. On May 16, 1943 Company B was detached to form CBMU 509. Sailing from Seattle on May 25, 1943, the Battalion arrived at Dutch Harbor on May 30. On Nov. 1, 1943, the personnel of CBMU 508 were attached to the Battalion at Company B. From March 7 to August 31, 1944, a detachment of the Battalion was on duty at Attu, and on the day it returned to the told, the first echelon embarked for the States, arriving at Camp Parks on September 9. The second echelon reached Camp Parks on October 11.