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 Military Dog Tags

WWII Dog Tags 1941-1945


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Note: Standard 15 character spaces per line

These are original USGI dog tags


 Set of Notched WWII Dog Tags includes:

  2 Indent Stamped Notched Stainless Steel Tags
  1 Stainless Steel 27" chain, not shown
  1 Stainless Steel 4.5" chain, not shown
 
 Note: Silencers were available late in 1944, (All thought rarely seen).
 We've decided to include silencers just in case you need them.


 WWII dog tags come complete with notch and
 rolled edge.

 Explanation of dog tag text:

  Last name, First name-Middle Initial
  Service number -Year of tetanus shot-Blood type
  Next of Kin's name
  Next of Kin's address
  Next of Kin's City-State Religion


 Serial numbers were issued due to the growing number
 of servicemen with common names as Johnson, Smith, etc.
 Serial numbers starting with various digits designated
 different service.

 Numbers starting with a "1" designated Regular Army
 Numbers starting with a "20" designated National Guard
 Numbers starting with a "3" designated Draftees
 Numbers starting with a "O-" designated Officers
 Numbers starting with "RA" designated Regular Army

 Special Note: Late war dog tags did not include home address.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$10.69

Korean War Dog Tags 1950-1953



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Note: Standard 15 character spaces per line

   Set of Korean War Era Notched Dog Tags includes:

  2 Stamped, Stainless Steel Notched Dog Tags
  1 Stainless Steel 24" ball chain
  1 Stainless Steel 4.5" ball chain
  2 Black Silencers, not shown


 


 




$10.29

 

Vietnam Era Dog Tags 1954-1964



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Note: Standard 15 character spaces per line

Set of Vietnam War Era Notched Dog Tags includes:

Notched dog tags were standard issue until December
   1964. The Department of Defense official switched to dog
   tags with out notches in early 1965.

  Note that as is the usual. Military bases with older style (notched)
   tags on hand did issue them for a time in 1965 and as late and 1966.


  Set of Notched Dog Tags includes:
  2 Indent Stamped, Notched Stainless Steel Tags
  1 Stainless Steel 24" chain, not shown
  1 Stainless Steel 4.5" chain, not shown
  2 Black Silencers, not shown

 










$10.29

Vietnam Era Dog Tags 1965-1980's



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Note: Standard 16 character spaces per line

  Variations of Tags Used during Vietnam War Era 

  1965-1967 Vietnam Era Dog Tag

  Tag VN # 1 - Edge is rolled to the back and the hole is on
  the right. Service number is indicated.. "RA" stands for
  Regular Army.

  Set # 1 of Vietnam Dog Tags includes:
  2 Stamped, Stainless Steel Dog Tags-Indent Text
  1 Stainless Steel 24" chain, not shown
  1 Stainless Steel 5.5" chain, not shown
  2 Black Silencers, not shown
 

$9.95




Note: Standard 16 character spaces per line

   1967-1969 Vietnam Era Dog Tag

  Tag VN # 2  - Includes both a service number and a social
  security number. This was a transition time when the
  military switched to using a servicemen's social security
  number for identification instead of issuing a service number.

  The rolled edge is to the back and the hole is on the left.

  Set # 2 of Vietnam Dog Tags includes:
  2 Stamped, Stainless Steel Dog Tags-Indent Text
  1 Stainless Steel 24" chain, not shown
  1 Stainless Steel 5.5" chain, not shown
  2 Black Silencers, not shown
 
$9.95



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Note: Standard 16 character spaces per line

  1970 - 1974 Vietnam Era Dog Tag

  Tag VN # 3 - Exhibits the rolled edge to the front with the
  hole on the left. The tag no longer uses the service number
  as a reference.

  Set #3 of Vietnam Dog Tags includes:
  2 Stamped, Stainless Steel Dog Tags-Indent Text
  1 Stainless Steel 24" chain, not shown
  1 Stainless Steel 5.5" chain, not shown
  2 Black Silencers, not shown


 

$9.95

Note about Dog Tags from WWII - 1970's


PLEASE NOTE:

 Indent Style (Sunken lettering). Indented dog tags were
the only type used during WWII, the Korean War and
 Vietnam War. We do not make current issue embossed
US military tags.
 

Other Tag Types Available




Note: Standard 16 character spaces per line


 
BRASS DOG TAG SET


  2 Brass Dog Tags-(Indent Text)
  1 Stainless Steel 24" chain, not shown
  1 Stainless Steel 4.5" chain
  2 Black Silencer

 


 



$10.25


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BLANK GERMAN WWII ID DISCS - Erkennungsmarke
 
 
ID discs are zinc-coated and are exactly like the originals.
  They are blank so they can be filled out for re-enacting or
  for display. Easy to stamp with standard letter sets, for the
  ultimate in authenticity!

 
Shipping Weight: 0.20 pounds
 



$14.30
each


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ID DISC- IDENTIFICATION DISCS  

  •  Metal disc "Nazi Police"
  •  Unissued, no number
  •  Condition: NEW Reproduction

Gestapo identity discs were carried by plain clothes
   police and today are among the rarest of Third Reich
   collectibles. Ours exhibit the superior quality of original
   die struck metal tags, being true to the original in size
   and detail.
 



$14.50
each



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KEY RING TAG

 
Shinny Stainless Steel Key Tag includes:
  1 Stainless Steel Dog Tag
  1Stainless Steel 4.5" chain
  1 Black silencer (not shown)
  4 Lines of indented text

  Recommed you use a work address or PO Box.,
  PLEASE DO NOT use your home address for
  your Key Ring Tag.
 



$4.40

 

American Dog Tag History

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First World War

The British Army and their Imperial forces in Canada, Australia and New Zealand issued identification tags from the beginning of the First World War. The tags were made of fibre, one in red and one in green and suspended around
the neck by butcher's twine. The same pattern was worn into the Second World War and the Korean War by Commonwealth forces.

The U.S. Army first authorized identification tags in War Department General Order No. 204, dated December 20,
1906, which essentially prescribes the Kennedy identification tag:

"An aluminum identification tag, the size of a silver half dollar and of suitable thickness, stamped with the name, rank, company, regiment, or corps of the wearer, will be worn by each officer and enlisted man of the Army whenever the
field kit is worn, the tag to be suspended from the neck, underneath the clothing, by a cord or thong passed through
a small hole in the tab. It is prescribed as a part of the uniform and when not worn as directed herein will be habitually
kept in the possession of the owner. The tag will be issued by the Quartermaster's Department gratuitously to enlisted
men and at cost price to officers..."

The Army changed regulations on July 6, 1916, so that all soldiers were issued two tags: one to stay with the body
and the other to go to the person in charge of the burial for record-keeping purposes. In 1918, the Army adopted and
allotted the serial number system, and name and serial numbers were ordered stamped on the identification tags of all enlisted troops. (Serial number 1 was assigned to enlisted man Arthur B. Crane of Chicago in the course of his fifth enlistment period.) In 1969 the Army began transitioning (Servicemen were issued both a SSN and SN) to the Social Security number for personnel identification. Some nations (e.g. Germany) had instead a single tag with identical
information stamped on both sides of it, which could easily be broken off for the purpose of record-keeping.

World War II

The more familiar rounded-end rectangular stainless steel tags known as the M1940 were introduced by the Army
in 1940 during the Second World War (1939-1945). These Army dog tags were stamped with letters and numbers
using either manual or electric stamping machines resembling industrial size typewriters. By 1943 the Army was
distributing sets of tags including one long chain, one short chain and two stainless steel tags. The chains had
flat links…the beaded chain came later. The purpose of the short chain was to keep the tags separated to prevent
them from making noise in the field. In addition, the small chain could be separated from the long chain for purposes
of body identification. It was typically placed around the soldiers toe, (if available) and left exposed while the body
remained covered.

There is a recurring myth about the notch situated in one end of the dog tags issued to United States Army
personnel during World War II. It was rumored that the notch's purpose was so that if a soldier found one of his
comrades on the battlefield, he could take one tag to the commanding officer and stick the other between the
teeth of the soldier to ensure that the tag would remain with the body and be identified. Actually, the notch is
there simply to hold the tag in place on the embossing machine, (Model 70 used by medical staff)..

Interesting note - Apparently instructions that would confirm this myth were issued at least unofficially during
the Vietnam war to Army troops headed overseas.

Following World War II, the US Navy Department, (in 1959) adopted the dog tags used by the US Army and
Air Force, so a single shape and size became the American standard.

Vietnam War

In the Vietnam War, American soldiers were allowed to place rubber silencers on their dog tags so the enemy
would not hear the metallic clanking. Others chose to tape the two tags together with black tape. Still others
chose to wear one tag around the neck, and the other tag on the lace of one boot. All three variations were
commonly seen among U.S. troops.

Prior to the use of Social Security Numbers on dog tags beginning in the 1960s, the military printed the individual's
military service (or serial) number.

Black Dog Tags - During the Vietnam War (1963-1975) subdued black dog tags were issued to Special Operation
Forces operating behind enemy lines. It was also during this time that the WWII white hard plastic or rubber
silencer was replaced with a softer black rubber material.

Dog tags are traditionally part of the makeshift battlefield memorials soldiers create to their fallen comrades.
The casualty's rifle with bayonet affixed is stood vertically atop the empty boots, with the helmet over the stock
of the rifle. The dog tags hang from the rifle's handle or trigger guard. Service members also often give them to
 loved ones before deployments or when dating, similar to the student practice of giving a sweetheart one's
letterman jacket or ring to wear.
 

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Merchandise must be returned within 15 days of the date of purchase. All returned merchandise must be in the original condition along with packaging (example: warranty information, instructions, box, etc...) A 20% restocking fee ON ALL return orders.

Returns: Refunds or exchanges are COST of merchandise only.  Postage and handling charges will not be refunded.  Replacement items are subject to additional shipping charges. No returns on custom made items.

Note: We reserve the right to replace, repair, or refund your money. This return policy is only for items that are returned in unused condition.

In the event that you need to return an item, please follow these directions:

       1 Include a copy of the register receipt, order number, and your name along with any instructions for
          our return department.

       2. Return package via US Post Office, Fed Ex, or UPS to our mailing address:
            Attn: Return Dept.
            ADAMS ORDNANCE LLC
            4008-A Champion Trace Ln
            LOUISVILLE KY 40218


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