DOG TAG REFERENCE

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Dog Tags

There are numerous styles and insidious changes made to dog tags from WWII through Vietnam. In this part, we will attempt to show the “ most common ” manner for unlike time periods. The main deviation is the use of a “ serrate ” tag or of a “ regular ” tag. The notch were used from WWII until about 1964 when the regular tag was adopted. All tags are based on 5 lines of information with a maximum of 17 characters / spaces per line .

WWII – Notched

In WWII, the Army Service Number consisted of 8 digits based on status and geographic placement. besides of importance is the fact that there is no Rhesus factor on the blood type ( + or – ) as this engineering did not exist at the meter. For religious preference, the tags were marked C ( Catholic ), P ( Protestant ), H ( Hebrew ) or left blank for no predilection .

WWII Style 1 (November 1941 to July 1943)

First Name, MI, Last Name JOHN D SMITH
Army Serial #, tetanus dates, blood type 12345678 T42 43 A
Next of Kin JANE SMITH
Street Address for Next of Kin 3456 ANY STREET
City & State and Religious Preference ANYTOWN, TX P

WWII Style 2 (July 1943 to March 1944)

First Name, MI, Last Name JOHN D SMITH
Army Serial #, tetanus dates, blood type 12345678 T43 44  A
Blank  
Blank  
Religious Preference                                   P

WWII Style 3 (March 1944 to April 1946)

Last Name, First Name, MI SMITH, JOHN D
Army Serial #, Tetanus Dates, Blood Type 12345678 T43 44    A
Blank  
Blank  
Religious Preference                                        P

KOREAN WAR – Notched

During the Korean War, there are respective variations for tags, but the one below is the most normally seen. The Army began using the Service Number Prefixes : RA ( regular Army, volunteer enlisted ), US ( an enlisted draftee ), NG ( National Guard ), ER ( Enlisted Reserve ), O ( Officer ) followed by an eight finger service number. besides of importance is the fact that there is no Rhesus factor on the blood type ( + or – ) as this technology did not exist at the time. For religious preference, the tags were marked C ( Catholic ), P ( Protestant ), H ( Hebrew ) or left blank for no preference as was common in WWII. however you can see some variation to this with new Army regulations ( 606-5 ). This included X and Y in addition to P, C, and H : the X indicating any religion not included in the first base three, and the Y indicating either no religion or a choice not to list religion .

Korean War Army Style 1

Last Name, First Name, MI SMITH, JOHN D
Service Pre-Fix, Army Service Number US12345678
Tetanus Date, Blood Type T-52                     A
Religious Preference                              P
Blank  

Korean War Navy Style 1

Last Name, First Name, MI SMITH, JOHN D
Service Number, Blood Type 12345678         A
Blank                 
Blank                 
USN, Religious Preference USN                   P 

Vietnam

Vietnam-Era US Army Dog Tags

the Army Service Number was 8 digits and had one of the follow prefixes : RA ( regular Army, volunteer enlisted ), US ( an enlisted draftee ), NG ( National Guard ), ER ( Enlisted Reserve ), O ( Officer ). When using draftee appellation “ US ”, the first gear number is either a 5 or a 6. 6 was considered a bad number as it was reserved for the “ project 100,000 ”. The second base number is the “ Army Area ” the draftee was from. 1 or 2 indicate Northeast ( after the 2nd Army was absorbed by the 1st Army in the 50 ‘s ), 3 South, 4 Southwest, 5 Mid-West, 6 California, Pacific Coast, Hawaii, Alaska. 0 indicated outside the US such as Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, or America Samoa. Of interest, is that US67 numbers indicated one of McNamara ‘s project 100,000 draftees who had failed the Armed Forces minimal IQ test, but were drafted anyhow to meet the manpower needs .
The Army used the Army Serial Number entirely until the end of 1967 when the use of Social Security Numbers ( 9 digits ) was introduced. From this fourth dimension until June 1969, many andiron tags used both numbers. After this date the Social Security Number was used entirely. For Vietnam Era tag, you besides see the manipulation of the “ across-the-board ” religions such as Catholic, Protestant, Hebrew in full spelled out as opposed to the first base letter on WWII tags. You besides see many tags with particular main stream denominations such as Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc. During this prison term, if you have no religious predilection, the tags are typically stamped “ NO PREFERENCE ” or left blank .
*Special Thanks to Brad LaGrange and Lee Russel for providing the above information on military service numbers.

Vietnam-Era USMC Dog Tags

there seems to be many variations that are not as “ straight forward ” as Army tag. The last mention is on the first base wrinkle and the second gear occupation either has both of your initials, or your beginning name and middle initial. For the third gear trace, the Marines used serve numbers which could be 5, 6, or 7 digits. Fourth trace is USMC followed by gasoline dissemble size. The sizes are XS, S, M, L, XL. Fifth line for religion is in full spelled out such as Protestant, Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Episcopal, Hebrew, etc .

VN US ARMY Style 1 (Up to 1967) *notched available for early (pre-65) tags

Last Name SMITH
First Name, MI JOHN D
Service Pre-Fix, Army Service Number RA12345678
Blood Type A POS
Religious Preference PROTESTANT

VN US ARMY Style 2 (Late 1967 to June 1969)

Last Name SMITH
First Name, MI JOHN D
Service Pre-Fix, Army Service Number RA12345678
Blood Type A POS 123-45-6789
Religious Preference PROTESTANT

VN US ARMY Style 3 (June 1969 to current)

Last Name SMITH
First Name, MI JOHN D
Social Security Number 123-45-6789
Blood Type A POS
Religious Preference PROTESTANT

VN USMC Style 1 (Marines)

Last Name SMITH
First Initial & Middle Initial J.D.
Service Number (or Social Security), Blood Type 1234567  APOS
USMC followed by Gas Mask Size USMC M
Religious Preference PROTESTANT

VN USMC Style 2 (Marines)

Last Name SMITH
First Initial & Middle Initial JOHN D
Service Number (or Social Security), Blood Type 123-45-6789  APOS
USMC followed by Gas Mask Size USMC M
Religious Preference PROTESTANT

VN USN Style 1 (Navy)

Last Name SMITH
First Initial & Middle Initial,   Blood Type J.D.   A POS
Pre-fix & Service Number or Social Security B123456  or  123 45 6789
USN USN
Religious Preference PROTESTANT

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