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Dogtags

Postby ChrisT » Thu Apr 27, 2006 1:51 am

What was the layout of Vietnam era dogtags? Did you have your firstname written first and then your surname second and also what other details did it include?


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Dog Tags

Postby Herman Spoto » Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:59 am

Chris, My Tags were laid out like this :
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US 53 702 218
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Dog tags.......

Postby Niner Delta » Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:30 pm

Just looked at mine, this is layout.........

Last name
First name & middle initial
Service number with prefix, RA, US, NG, etc.
Social security number
Religion ----- Blood type

5 lines total.
These were issued to me in July, 1967 at Ft. Lewis, basic training.

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Postby ChrisT » Wed May 10, 2006 4:01 am

What do the different prefixes stand for?
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Postby Delta75 » Wed May 10, 2006 7:29 am

RA: Regular Army...volunteered

US: Can't remember what this stands for...United States Subscribed? but it means "drafted"

NG: National Guard

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Postby Niner Alpha » Wed May 10, 2006 9:14 am

Wasn't there an AR too? Army Reserve?
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Dog Tags

Postby Herman Spoto » Wed May 10, 2006 10:53 am

Chris, Here is a link to dog tag info
http://users.skynet.be/jeeper/page83.html
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Postby Niner Alpha » Wed May 10, 2006 3:04 pm

By the way my dog tags had only the ss number for the serial number and didn't show any letter prefix to denote US... as in drafted. This issue was in the summer of 69.
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red ones too

Postby pointman » Thu May 11, 2006 12:44 pm

They made me get a red set, to indicate medical alert. So naturally, I pitched the silver set. Then someone or other found out I didn't have the regulation silver set, so made me go get another, even though they had the same stamping as the red. Not enough jingle in the jungle, I guess.

I had to blow a whole day going to brigade, getting dog tags, eating Chinese, and going to the steam bath. Often thought of losing them so I could go back again.

I still have both sets, Vietnam crud from 1970 still in the engraved letters, and a can opener on the chain.

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Postby Niner Alpha » Thu May 11, 2006 6:54 pm

One of mine still has the mud crud, John. That was the one I wore in my boot.
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Re: Dog Tags

Postby philt » Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:07 am

Delta75 wrote:RA: Regular Army...volunteered

US: Can't remember what this stands for...United States Subscribed? but it means "drafted"

NG: National Guard

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I always heard US stood for Unvoluntary Service.
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1967 issue Dogtags

Postby Herman Spoto » Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:24 pm

found this a while back 8)
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Just found something interesting on this topic

Postby Niner Alpha » Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:18 pm

Looks like In WWII the dog tag included the address of the next of kin.

http://www.101airborneww2.com/equipment4.html
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Postby Niner Delta » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:54 pm

I have my grandfathers dog tags from WWI, he was in the Revenue Cutter Service starting in 1912 and then it became the Coast Guard in 1915 and it was part if the Navy during WWI.
Anyway, his dog tags have his thumbprint etched into the metal on the back of each one, and the information on the front is hand written.

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Postby jtier » Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:50 pm

The Army took my one dogtag I had left and all my clothing and boots at Oakland. I hid my jungle hat and a P38 on a grenade ring, this is all I could smuggled out!
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grenade rings

Postby Herman Spoto » Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:55 pm

Hey Jim, I have a Good friend here that keeps his keys on a grenade ring from vietnam
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Postby Niner Delta » Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:45 pm

After having searched the internet as best I could, here is my opinion of Service (not serial) Number prefixes.
There are some prefixes that seem to fit what they spell, such as:

RA - Regular Army is a volunteer
NG - National Guard member
ER - Enlisted Reserve is enlisted person in Army Reserves

And so on. If the committee making this stuff up could make a good match with the prefix to it's meaning, it seems they went for the obvious. However, it seems some prefixes do not have actual words to match the two letters of the prefix.

The closest I could find for:

US - Army of United States (draftee or conscript)

But if you can find official wording for the US prefix, please post it.

Vern.


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Well.....

Postby Niner Alpha » Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:15 pm

That NG, RA, US stuff had a lot to do with how the mess halls accounted for who to charge the mash potatoes to in basic and AIT for some reason. However, on the dog tags, the US drafted guys like me only had their social security number for a service number and no letters anywhere by the time I checked in. I think it was a recent change from an assigned number in the middle of 69.
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Re: Dogtags

Postby SgtMike » Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:41 pm

I just saw this post. :-))
My first dog tags had:
Kirby
Michael J
RA 68 081 865
Catholic O+

My second set was the same except RA number changed to SS#. RA was dropped also
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