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Colonial Era

US Army Flag - 1775
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Adopted in 1775

Betsy Ross flag
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13 Star Flag
13 Star -
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Civil Flag of Peacetime
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34 Star - Civil War Era
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Civil War Era

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Identification or Dog Tagsdog tags

 The identification tag also known as dog tag is issued to each soldier during induction and carried with him at all times while in the armed services. Two identical tags are issued and worn around the neck.

The tags change from time to time. I could not find an exact reason why they change but the assumption would be they change when those in charge decide the information on the current tag is no longer needed. That would be either a need for more information or less. Below is an outline of information found on tags that were issued in the years shown. Remember, tags are issued at induction and should never change while you are in the military.

Nov. 1941 - July 1943

July 1943 - March 1944

1st Line:

1st Line:

First name, MI, Surname First name, MI, Surname
2nd Line: 2nd Line:
army serial number (8 spaces) army serial number (8 spaces)
tetanus immunization (spaces 10-12) tetanus immunization (spaces 10-12)
tetanus toxoid (spaces 14-15) tetanus toxoid (spaces 14-15)
blood type (space 18) blood type (space 18)
3rd Line:  
name next of kin  
4th Line:  
address (number, street) for next of kin  
5th Line: 5th Line:
address (city and state of kind) religion
religion (space 18)  
  .
The content of the tag would have looked like this:
  .
John C. Doe John C. Doe
14337566  T42  43  O 14337566  T42   43  O
James Doe  
1800 Pennsylvania Ave.  
Cincinnati Ohio          C              P
.  
The C is for Catholic The P is for Protestant

 

Important Communication for Dog Tags

War Department Pamphlet 21-13, Army Life, 10 August 1944 states:

Always wear your Identification Tags . These are considered part of your uniform, and your Officers may ask you to show that you are wearing them at any time on or off the Post.

AR 600-40, Section III, 31 March 1944 further indicates:

dog tagsIdentification Tags will be worn by each member of the Army at all times and may be removed temporarily ONLY as the necessities of personal hygiene may require; one Tag to be suspended from the neck underneath the clothing by a 25-inch noncorrosive, nontoxic, and heat-resistant material looped to form a necklace, and the second Tag fastened to the necklace below the first Tag by a 2 ½-inch extension of material similar to the necklace .

The Tags, embossed as provided in AR 600-35, Section VI, will be issued to each member of the Army as soon as practicable after entry into service …

 

War Department Circular N° 262, December 19, 1941, stipulated:

One Tag to be suspended from the neck underneath the clothing by a cord or tape 40 inches in length passed through the small hole in the Tag, the second Tag to be fastened about 2 ½ inches above the first one on the same cord or tape, both securely held in place by knots.

FM 10-63, Graves Registration, 15 January 1945 also states:

One of the two Identification Tags, worn as prescribed in Army Regulations will be attached to the remains when buried . This includes any and all burials in the Theater of Operations – the first battlefield burial as well as the burial into a temporary cemetery for subsequent, final disposition.

The duplicate (i.e. second) Tag will be removed at time of burial and attached securely to the grave marker about 2 inches from the top.

In battlefield burials, when Identification Tags are missing, identification should be made by members of the organization of the deceased . Positive identification obtained should be made of record and a copy of same placed in a canteen, bottle or other container, and buried with the body.

If one Tag is missing, the remaining Tag will be buried with the body and the grave marker, marked with the name, grade and Army serial number, until a substitute Tag is made.

In case there is no Tag at all (both are missing), all available identifying data should be recorded on two slips of paper, each placed in a separate bottle or in the most practical container available, and buried six inches below the surface of the ground, centered at the head of the grade (this information is later reproduced on a metal label by means of an embossing machine, and attached to the marker by personnel of the Graves Registration Service).

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