WWII VETS - were you ever re-issued dog-tags?
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WWII VETS - were you ever re-issued dog-tags???

 

Were were discussing an item of interest in another post, and the question came up about dog-tags. Can you answer this? Were you ever RE-ISSUED dog-tags, and if yes, what were the circumstances?

 

Thanks for your help.

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#2

I sent a note to all the WWII vets on my email list. Let's see what the results are...

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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The answer is yes mam. I was reissued dog tags when they changed the system . My original tags listed name and serial number, blood type and a P for protestant religious preferemce. This was changed when I was commissioned and got new tags with the changed serial number. Later the tag was changed again, the religious preference P was replaced with Methodist to reflect my wishes.

 

 

Best wishes to you and yours, Russ Weiskircher, Cleveland, GA.

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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Marion..I was issued a second set..but can't remember "Why" but did notice that my blood type was changed from "O" on the first set to "A" on the second set ?? Bill Pace, T-4
Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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Another possible circumstance would be for a wounded man to be reinocculated for tetnus thus the need for a new ID tag with the new inoculation date. I`ve been looking through the Medical Corps websites but havent found any mention of new dogtags being reissued, but there is a related story posted here:

 

http://localtalentbooksmusic.com/blog/?p=47

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#6

Thanks Larry. That was a very heartwarming story. Fit's perfectly with our topic!!!!

 

Here's another answer from a WWII veteran:

 

Marion,

 

 

No.

 

Jim – Maui

Hi Marion,

 

Still have mine and my Dad’s too!

 

Aloha,

 

Jim

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#7
NOPE!! Still Got Them

 

SgtLeo

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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I am sure they reissued dog tags. I never lost mine.

 

clancy lyall e co 506 pir ww2

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#9
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: NONE

 

Bearing in mind I am speaking off the top of my head (meaning I have not done

any actual research!) I have never run across any examples of replacement dog

tags being issued. In my previous job working with POW history, I did run

across instances where men captured in the battle of the bulge still had the

old style tags with name and address of next of kin, despite the official

changes, but more importantly to some of them, the notation of their

religion. It was supposed to be optional to have your religion put on your

dog tags, but it was routinely done either without consulting the soldier or

ignoring their preference if asked.

 

Might the Quartermaster folks be a possibility to ask about the history of

dog tags?

 

-Eric

 

Eric Reinert

Curator

Office of History

HQUSACE

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: NONE

 

Marion,

 

Eric's suggestion about contacting the Quartermaster historian is, I believe,

a good one. According to the most recent (2010) Army historical directory,

however, that position is (or was) vacant. The directory does list a phone

number (at Fort Lee, Virginia) for it: (804) 734-3700. Kathleen M. Fargey is

the QM specialist at the Center of Military History:

(email removed for privacy) In any case, good luck.

 

Michael

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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