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#1 Tonomachi

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 10:10 AM

I need some help with these dog tags for an Earl Ira Johnson.  I'm not an authority on dog tags but I'm assuming that the numbers on these tags are his service number.  One dog tag lists his service # as O-926527 and the other I can't make out the first letter but the numbers are 121667.  None of these numbers matches his serial number which I thought was also a service number when he enlisted in 1940 which is 17076154.  Now after enlisting he was promoted to warrant officer during the war so that is why I'm assuming there was a change in his service number.  

 

Earl I Johnson

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Name:

Earl I Johnson

Name:

JOHNSON EARL I

Event Type:

Military Service

Event Date:

29 Jul 1942

Term of Enlistment:

Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law

Event Place:

Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, United States

Race:

White

Citizenship Status:

citizen

Birth Year:

1913

Birthplace:

MISSOURI

Education Level:

4 years of high school

Civilian Occupation:

Credit men

Marital Status:

Married

Military Rank:

Private

Army Branch:

Air Corps

Army Component:

6

Source Reference:

Civil Life

Serial Number:

17076154

Affiliate ARC Identifier:

1263923

Box Film Number:

02482.105

 

Earl I Johnson

Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946

Name:

Earl I Johnson

Event Type:

Military Service

Event Date:

18 May 1946

Event Place:

Fort Bragg, Cumberland, North Carolina, United States

Event Place:

Fort Bragg, Cumberland, North Carolina

Marital Status:

Married

Military Service Branch:

Army

Birth Date:

17 Sep 1913

Birthplace:

Saint Louis, Missouri

 

Earl Ira Johnson

Missouri, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945

Name:

Earl Ira Johnson • Edit

Event Type:

Draft Registration

Event Date:

16 Oct 1940

Event Place:

St Louis, , Missouri, United States

Race:

White

Complexion:

Ruddy

Employer:

Kuhs Buick Co

Relationship to Veteran:

Mother

Birth Date:

17 Sep 1913

Birthplace:

St Louis, Missouri

Height:

5 10

Weight:

197

Eye Color:

Brown

Hair Color:

Black

Relative's Name:

Bessie Johnson • 

 

 

 

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#2 Allan H.

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 10:24 AM

This one is easy... your guy was enlisted, so he had an enlisted serial number. He then received a commission and got the "O" serial number.

 

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#3 MattS

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 10:35 AM

If that's "T121667" that would be in line with a flight officer. When he made 2Lt, he got an "O-" prefix.

Prefixes on ID tags in WW2:

1 = Enlisted in the Army (in other words, volunteered rather than drafted)
2 = Federally recognized National Guard
3 = Drafted
4 = Drafted
O (that’s the letter O, not a zero) = Male commissioned officers
W = Male Warrant officers
T = Flight officers (Army Air Force)
L = Commissioned officers of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC)
V = WAC Warrant officers
A = WAC enlisted women
R = Hospital dietitians
M = Physical therapy aides

 

From: https://www.amyjohns...-serial-number/



#4 Tonomachi

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 01:19 PM

Now this makes sense.  Earl I. Johnson was a glider pilot during WW2.  So he started off upon enlistment in 1940 with service # 10776154, went through flight training where his service # was changed to T-121667 and then was commissioned with yet a third change to his service # to O-926527.  Many thanks for everyone's input and explanations.  


Edited by Tonomachi, 23 September 2019 - 01:27 PM.



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