I have an oddball..my grandfathers..and I know it to be 100% legit..it has the first name first..seems it was done this way as well..it came from NRTC San Diego in 1952.
(notch to left, hole to right..he was another believer of the tooth notch thing, as was I...that was a pretty damn good rumor!!)
I have read some say that it HAD to be a replacement..(http://www.leatherne...-tags-1916-2002 , posts #10 and #16 have very similar format)
...but this is not the first example I have heard of like this..and seems it wasn't set in stone..as long as the info was legible..seemed good to go..
I really believe that for a few years in the early/mid '50's, and maybe from San Diego..the USN and USMC used first name, middle initial/name, last name format...
Edited by KRIS FORD, 25 February 2018 - 02:25 PM.