Identification Tags

Identification tags worn by SGT Joseph Guenther while serving in the US Army. Identification tags, also known as "dog tags", are issued in pairs; one tag is worn around the neck, on a chain, while the other is worn on a smaller chain attached to the longer chain. Sometimes, the second tag isattached to the laces of a boot. In case of a casualty, the tag worn around the neck remains with the soldier, and the other tag is removed. Modern ID tags contain the following information: Soldier's name, Social Security Number, Blood Type and Religious Preference.
Object Name
identification tags, pair of
Guenther, Joseph
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 1 in x 2 in; 2.54 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Time and Navigation
Operation Enduring Freedom
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Time and Navigation
Time and Navigation, National Air and Space Museum
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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