USMC:: P-56 Shirt


100% Cotton Sateen, 8.5oz
Mil-spec Urea
2 x Breast (left with pen slot), 1 x large inside
Authentic USMC EGA to left breast pocket
Made in Japan
Available in sizes 36 - 46

P-56, as the designation suggests, is a spec that was standardised in 1956. Taking its design and cut from the earlier P-53 version, the P-56 only really differs from its predecessor in that it is made from a cotton sateen, as opposed to cotton HBT.

The P-56 shirt was standard US Marine Corp issue up until 1964, and did see some service in the first part of the Vietnam War. It is often referred to as the ‘Gomer Pyle’ shirt after the popular 1960s tv comedy series of the same name.

Whilst designated as a shirt, it is actually half way between a shirt and jacket, and so is quite versatile. It can be worn over a T-shirt, as a shirt, in warmer climate, or layered over more under-garments and serve as a light jacket.

The design and cut is thoughtful and well shaped. The two patch breast pockets have flaps with concealed buttons, as does the placket down the front closure. It has a very practical large inside pocket on the left which enters from a vertical aperture and drops down several inches - this is closed with a button also. The side seams are slightly waisted, so the silhouette is flattering in shape.

Made in Japan to exact mil specs.


Customer Size Guide

Jackets and Tops

Measure your chest over a T-shirt; it is helpful to get someone to do this for you. Do not inflate your lungs, just relax and stand with your arms out. The tape measure should be run around your chest right up under your arms and held snug, but not tight - this is your chest measurement.

Measure your chest The Size you
should order
in cm
34-36 86-91 36 XS
36-38 91-96 38 S
38-40 96-101 40 M
40-42 101-106 42 M
42-44 106-111 44 L
44-46 111-116 46 L
46-48 116-121 48 XL


Measure the circumference of your hand around your 4 knuckles (obviously do not include your thumb). Correlate this measurement with size chart below to assess your glove size.

Measure of your knuckles The Size you
should order
in cm
7 - 8 18 - 20 XS
8 - 9 20 - 23 S
9 - 10 23 - 25 M
10 - 11 25 - 28 L
11 - 12 28 - 30 XL


Measure the circumference of your head.

Measure of your head The Size you
should order
in cm
21½ - 22 54 - 55.5 XS
22 - 22½ 55.5 - 57 S
22½ - 23 57 - 58.5 M
23 - 23½ 58.5 - 60 L
23½ - 24 60 - 61.5 XL
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