WW2 Army dog tag format possibilities

Discussion in 'US Units' started by 40mHam, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. 40mHam

    40mHam New Member

    I have noticed some WW2 identification ('dog') tags printed for American Army enlistees/draftees who entered PRIOR to July 1943, with the newer WW2 tag format that leaves off next of kin (NOK) and their home address. Is this because:

    A: The newer July '43 format (no Next of Kin data) was used for some enlistees/draftees, some time in advance (half a year or so?) of when the change was officially made (July '43)?

    B: Beginning July '43, some? Army enlistees/draftees who began service PRIOR to July '43 were REQUIRED to get replacement dog tags, in the new format (w/o NOK data) upon that time of July '43 (even if they weren't yet deployed overseas)?

    C: Army enlistees/draftees entering PRIOR to July '43 simply had the OPTION of receiving a new replacement dog tag set ON/AFTER July, following the new, 'no Next of Kin' format?

    D: Army enlistees/draftees who entered PRIOR to July '43, who perhaps misplaced/lost their tags while in training/combat service during/after July '43, could/would have their tags replaced using the new July '43 format (no NOK)?

    E: Those who entered prior to July '43 were first issued the old tag format (NOK included), but issued a new set (w/o NOK) upon their departure overseas?

    Which of these were possibile? If/when Army soldiers lost their tags while deployed for service overseas, how easy/difficult was it for them to get replacement dog tags?
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi 40mHam


    Is the core of your question concerned with purely US dog tags??

  3. 40mHam

    40mHam New Member

    Yes, U.S. Army dog tags, WW2.
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Then you may be better off asking the question on our sister site which is more biased to the USA side of WW2 - WWII Forums

    We do have cross over of membership, but this site is generally more British/Commonwealth/European biased

  5. 40mHam

    40mHam New Member

    Thank you.

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