First of all I would assume one way to "Keep the Boys Smiling" would be to send them porn or alcohol, not by knitting them military-approved sweater-vests. This guy doesn't look like he's smiling much.
The pattern is pretty ordinary except for the insistance that you had to use "1 Pr. No. 5 Athena Noninflammable Knitting Needles". Yup, you heard me. Noninflammable. There must have been a rash of knitters spontaneously combusting whilst knitting For the Boys during World War II.
Minerva knitting pamphlet, early to mid 1940's.
Random Retarded Thought For the Day: So why does "inflammable" and "flammable" mean the same damn thing? Huh???