Dating usmc us dog tags
The presence of the serial number alone is not cause to discount.I think Grunt Gear by Tulkoff has an excellent overview of this and probably lists appropriate serial number ranges for WWI AEF Marines. He shows examples where the numbers are on the tags and advises there were 3 sets of numbers issued to Marines during World War I: first group: 114,000 - 122,000; second group: 304,000 series; third group: in the 4,600,000 range.I can say that the service numbers on the reverse are in a smaller size than the numbers on the obverse. So it could be a US Army tag with the USMC engraved later.WWI Army SN ran up to almost 6,000,000, starting in 1918.
I think he is right and before I take a tin snip to these can anyone confirm or refute my suspicion that these are authentic WWI Army dog tags that have been humped-up with the added USMC stamp on the obverse?
They secure the proper interment of those who fall in battle and establish beyond a doubt their identity.
Should it become desirable subsequently to disinter the remains for removal to a national or post cemetery or for shipment home, the identification tag suspended from the neck of the Marine is in all cases interred with the body.
In the inter war period and at the beginning of the WW2 the dog tags were not standard issue. ID tags will be issued "in the time of war or other national emergency ....". * Notice - during WW2 the standard issue "Dog Tags" used by USMC were tags of "C" and "D" shape, the wider use of U. ARMY M-1940 "Dog Tag" by Marines started after the end of WW2.
Stamped information : Officer’s Dog Tag* Notice - Monel metal is corrosion-resistant alloy of nickel and copper, with small content of iron and manganese** Notice - The early issue Dog Tag had on side one etched hand-written personal data and on side two etchedright index print. On most examples of M-1940 USMC and USN "Dog tags" I had possibility to survey, there is not stamped date of Tetanus shot application, which was stamped to standard tags of "C" and "D" shape during WW2 and thus these tags should be post or very late WW2 issue.