February 11, 2002

OVERSEAS CAP

A 2nd Armored Division GI in an overseas, or garrison, cap. This famous headgear was also known as the comin' & goin' hat since
it looked the same at either end (aka the "envelope hat"). The
overseas cap was so-named because at first it was worn only overseas in WW I. It was an adaptation of the French Army's
informal cap and replaced the campaign hat as the basic headgear
of the U.S. soldier. Its simplicity allowed it to be made in large
numbers. The most famous wearer of the overseas cap was
Sgt. Alvin C. York, who won the Medal of Honor with the 82nd
Infantry Division in WW I (U.S. Army photo dated March 25, 1942).