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A previous dog tag thread has gotten to be very long, so it's time to start a new one. The old one is at http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/7935-dog-tags-styles-and-examples-part-1/

 

In that thread was a link to a very helpful article on USMC dog tags. The website has been deleted, but I was able to find the pages though the Internet Archive and make copies to post here:

 

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Here's a Navy officer's dog tags spanning the period from when he was an enlisted man in the 1930's to when he was commissioned in WWII and served through the 1950's.

 

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Can anyone provide some information on the styles of chains used on WW2 dog tags? I know that beaded chains eventually became standard by late war, but any specs such as size of individual beads, compostion, length, etc. would be appreciated.

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Bob -

 

Always a good topic to re-establish! Here's and actual photo of a pre-WWII China Marine tag back and front - Best, Bill K.

 

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WTB USMC NAMED GROUPINGS, WWI, WWII (ESPECIALLY 4TH MARINE DIVISION ITEMS) AND UNIS MARKED ITEMS, NAMED INFANTRY DIVISION 4 POCKET CLASS A JACKETS, ESPECIALLY 34th ID AND NAMED GROUPINGS, FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE ITEMS



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I've posted this one before but it will always be my favorite. Paul H. Doll was a 37mm anti tank gun crewman and served with the 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal, and was later shot in the ankle (supposedly on Tarawa but I'm thinking it was Cape Gloucester). This tag's mate actually just popped up on ebay from a seller in Australia, unfortunately I didn't win it.

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Looking to buy US dog tags, any era. Contact me and let me know what you have!

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Hello Everyone

This is my first post ...
Would you like and start with this item that I bought a couple of years, came together with a Victory Medal with two battle clips, and Meuse-Argonne / Defensive Sector.

 


I always wanted to know about this soldier. Can anyone help me.

 

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Regards

Lambert

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Hi, sir i don't suppose you would be able to make a downloadable version of that chart, i have a friend's 12 yr old doughter who has gotten interested in collecting dogtags, she has her granddads tag from "Nam" but she is still learning about all the other variants out there..thanks -J.

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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.

 

It says:

 

RUSSELL

L.

FORD

297-7I-11

O-USN-P

 

(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.leatherneck.com/forums/showthread.php?88063-USMC-Dog-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...

 

Thoughts?

 

 

 

*SEMPER FORTIS*

USN '92-'96 USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN-73

HONOR*COURAGE*COMMITMENT

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I do have M1939 (yellow monel) Mr Morton T. Iler's dog tags, the Army s/n 15 048 777.

 

The Internet informs that he served in "29th Armored Division" during WWII, but there was no such a Division. Either he served in the 29th ID or it is a typo and he served in 20th AD.

 

How do you think?

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