1) Where were you first issued your Dog Tags? Ft. Benning Ga
2) Did you purchased more than one set? No
3) Did you wear them when you were off duty? Yes
4) Did you add anything to your Dog Tag or its chain,
a. … while in the service? Yes
b. …when you got out of the service? No
If so, why did you add to it? I added a rubber band to keep them from making noise.
What did you add to it? Also was given a red medical tag to show my penicillin
allergy (can send a pic of the med tag if you wish)
5) Where on your body did you wear your Dog Tags? Reason for wearing them where you did.
Neck and one inside my right right boot. Everyone had to wear them around the neck as stated in
6) How did you feel about your Dog Tags during your service? I hated the thought of my family having nother M.I.A.
I always checked and rechecked my tags out in the field.
How did you feel about your Dog Tags after you got out of the service? I feel great about them and have one anging on the
wall over my training platoon photo and the other on my key chain.
7) Do you have any special story about your Dog Tags? Nothing really besides learning how to sharping the
bottom of my med tag and then using it to open MRE boxes :)
8) Where do you keep your Dog Tags? one hanging on the wall over my training platoon photo
and the other on my key chain.
10) Anything else you would like to share.
Someday in the future, someone is going to find my uncle dogtag in New Guinea. Even if they don't find his emains or the remains of the other 19 crew and passangers, I can hold the tag and know deep down in my heart that it was near his.
William Leondus Hutchison Jr
B Co, 1st Bn, 38th Inf Regt
The Borinqueneers - All-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment
The 65th Infantry Regiment was created in 1899 by the U.S. Congress as a segregated unit composed primarily of Puerto Ricans with mostly continental officers. It went on to serve meritoriously in three wars: World War I, World War II and the Korean War. The unit was nicknamed after "Borinquen", the word given to Puerto Rico by its original inhabitants, the Taino Indians, meaning "land of the brave lord".
When they were finally called to the front lines in the Korean War, the men of the 65th performed impressively, earning praise from General MacArthur. They performed a critical role containing the Chinese advance and supporting the U.S. Marines in the aftermath of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. Sent to every corner of the peninsula, they showed outstanding resilience and a legendary fierceness as combatants, even as they faced discrimination within the Army. But in the fall of 1952 the regiment was at the center of a series of dramatic events that would threaten its very existence.
Puerto Ricans occupy a special place in the history of the U.S. Army. Because of the island's commonwealth status, they don't have the right to vote in U.S. elections, and yet they serve in the military and can be drafted. For many of the veterans of the 65th, this paradox became an incentive to be even more patriotic, to prove themselves in battle 200%.
An image of Gerald A Willey, Correspondent with the 65th Infantry Regiment 1953-1955.
Thanks to him, this information shall be passed on.
I had the most phenomenal Memorial Day !!
I went to my Sister's for a barbecue and her and her
Husband invited a local guy that most everyone in
Imperial Beach knows. His name is Bob and her has a
German Shepard named "Dago" that comes over to play
with thier female German Shepard, "Sasha".
I had not met Bob until yesterday.
We were sitting there and I was telling him about the
Dog Tags that I got to return to John Huebner.
He is 61 and was in the Navy as a Radio Man right
after the Korean War.
I thanked him for his Service and he pulled out his
wallet and handed me a set of Dog Tags. I was in AWE
that he still had his original Dog Tags with him for
over 60 years !!
I gave them back to him and handed me one of the dog
tags back and asked if I could keep it for him......He
said that he knew his dog tag was in a safe place with
me and he would be Honored if I kept it for him !!
I was and still am totaly blown away !!
What an Honor !!
I have given dog tags back to the rightful owner's,
but this is the first time I was asked to keep one !!
Yesterday was a very "Memorable Memorial Day" !!
I am feeling very 'Blessed' right now........WOW !!!
The Marine Corps dog tag found on the invasion beach of Peleliu belonged to a Marine Sgt who was critically wounded in the chest by rifle fire during the invasion. He survived only to take his own life years after the battle. His son was informed of the discovery and was very excited that the tag was found. That's where the story ends. I'm not sure if the island guide (who had the dogtag) sent it to the son or not. The Japanese dog tag (identity disc) that I found on skeletal remains belonged to a soldier in the 2nd Inf Regt (artillery). The tag has a code number that symbolized the unit he served in and ID number. Unfortunately I have not been able to access that ID number in Japan (Ministry of Health & Welfare) to put a name to the tag. I have another dog tag in my possesion but have not researched it yet (also found on Peleliu).
A contact of mine living in Australia and who has explored the island of Guadalcanal many times found several US dog tags and successfully researched their former owner's in an attempt to return them but they have all since passed away. He also collects German dog tags from soldiers killed in Russia and has quite an extensive display. I will forward this to him since I know he will be an excellent contact for you!
I know of a veteran of the Peleliu campaign who killed a Japanese soldier and took his dog tag as a souvineer. He returned it to family in Japan in the early '90's along with a samurai sword. That event made headline news in Japan.
I work with a co-worker who visited Viet Nam and purchased handfulls of dog tags from the war there. She has since researched alot of those names in an effort to return them to the former owners. I remember reading the artilce in our local paper but have not talked personally with her.
As a side note, I found a canteen on Peleliu with the former Marine's service number and was able to return the canteen to him after 55 years!!
I have been asking for Museums, Memorials, and Icons that show Dog Tags as part of their exhibit. Here are some that have been sent to me:
National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago
Dog Tags left at Mount Suribach
Dog Tags left at Vietnam Memorial, DC
Dog Tag in the Boot of Jim at the statue next to the Vietnam Memorial
University of Arizona Statue with 1500 Dog Tags on their memorial for the USS Arizona
If you know of anymore, I'd love to know about it!
While walking thru the National Museum of Naval Aviation @ NAS Pensacola, I saw a small display of Tags. Next time I go I'll get a couple images and send them your way. Also, here locally, the National D-Day Museum, also now known as the WWII Museum has a display as well. I'll keep you in mind next time I point my Camera.
Benny J Rutledge
I have been intrigued by your study since reading your email and just put in to the web "US ARMY WW2 DOG TAGS" and was amazed at the information there, especially one submission by Alain Batens which was last updated December 7, 2002 including sources which I'm sure yor are aware of, but just incase, I thought I would mention this data.
Also, I am reading a really great and extremely erudite book about the first world war, it is titled "Death's Men" by Denis Winter, published by Penquin Books in 1978. On page 260 there is a line;"Between 1921 and 1928 nearly 30,000 corpses were interred, of which only about a quarter could be identified since fibre identity-discs issued before 1916 had rotted.Some could be named from engraved watches, some by dentures........" These may be considered as other examples of a kind of "Dog Tag" but in a different context.
I probably would have given little or no importance to this line, had it not been for your study. Please feel free to use any of my comment that may be useful in your study.
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