Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Carbon-date THIS

In the basement excavation
we ran across this dog tag from our service in the US Army, 1958-62.
The drill sergeant explained to us recruits that the notch in the side of the tag was for the body reclamation soldiers who would jamb the tag between our corpsial teeth, for indentification purposes.

A grimmer aspect among other grim aspects of our training at Fort Leonard Wood MO.



Dog tag (identifier)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A pair of blank dog tags on ball chain

A Korean War memorial in the U.S.; the statue holds a handful of dog tags
A dog tag is the informal name for the identification tags worn by military personnel, because of their resemblance to actual dog tags. The tag is primarily used for the identification of dead and wounded along with providing essential basic medical information for the treatment of the latter such as blood type[1] and history of inoculations. In the event the member has a medical condition that requires special attention, an additional red tag with the pertinent information is issued and worn with the dog tags.
Wearing of the tag is required at all times by soldiers in the field. It may contain two copies of the information and be designed to break easily into two pieces. This allows half the tag to be collected for notification while the other half remains with the body when battle conditions do not allow the casualty to be immediately recovered. Alternatively, two identical tags are issued. One is worn on a long chain around the neck; the second on a much smaller chain attached to the first chain. In the event the wearer is killed the second tag is collected and the first remains with the body.
Dog tag tattoos, alternately known as "meat tags" are growing in popularity for active U.S. soldiers. These are tattoos that are usually featured on the torso, and can be used for identification in case the deceased is otherwise unidentifiable.[2]

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