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Q: Army Dog Tags ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Army Dog Tags
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: aswinraj-ga
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Posted: 17 Jul 2003 03:19 PDT
Expires: 16 Aug 2003 03:19 PDT
Question ID: 231934
why are army id's called "dog tags" ? When did this usage originate ?
Subject: Re: Army Dog Tags
Answered By: knowledge_seeker-ga on 17 Jul 2003 04:26 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi aswinraj-ga,

Interesting question!

According to HISTORY MATTERS, a website for History teachers provided
by the  American Social History Project / Center for Media and
Learning (City University of New York, Graduate Center) and the Center
for History and New Media (George Mason University ) ------

A dog tag, the metal identification badge worn around the neck to
distinguish someone in case of injury or death, was called this
because it resembled the license tag on a dog's collar .

The term "dog tag" as it refers to the soldiers' ID tags was entered
the American vocabulary during World War One.



For more on the history of dog tags see these sites ----

The G.I.'s Dog Tags: A History

Dept of the Navy - Personal Identification Tags or "Dog Tags"

Thanks for your question,


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