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Started by erichjr , Mar 19 2017 06:05 PM

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#1 erichjr

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:05 PM

Just picked up this Purple heart and uniform from the family.
Can anyone tell me what the 78 stands for on the dogtag

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#2 erichjr

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:09 PM

Cant seem to get pictures on here.



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 07:11 PM

Send the image that has not been sized to [email protected]
I will load them if you need help.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:32 PM

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:28 PM

'78' was probably his company roster number.

 

The Army didn't issue serial numbers until around February of 1918. Prior to that each soldier was identified by the number that appeared next to his name on the company roster sheet ... a numeral usually between 01 and approximately 250. The roster numbers were stamped onto their dog tags and also frequently stenciled onto their web gear to make it harder for men to replace lost gear by stealing the article that was misplaced (or stolen from them) from another man in the company.

 

Later, when serial numbers were first issued you would often see both the roster & serial numbers on dog tags. At some point down the road, roster numbers were no longer necessary to make a positive ID and omitted from the dog tags.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:23 PM

They do have a serial number on the back of the tags.

 

 

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 09:42 AM

They do have a serial number on the back of the tags.

 

 

Erich

 

The tags could have had his ASN added to the back of the tags at a later date. Thats not uncommon for WWI era tags.

 

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