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Old 05-18-2019, 09:51 AM   #1
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I have a couple of questions regarding this pair of Dog Tags/Identification Tags, hopefully they are original. The owner was 2nd Lieutenant F Smickle Jr, a Bombardier on a B-24 that crashed on the 31st March 1945 in the E.T.O. He was K.I.A. Could this pair of Tags have been worn by him at the time, or are they an earlier pair? I am unfamiliar with American Tags, if they were returned to NOK and do not know how many sets may have been issued. Many thanks, Clive.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:23 AM   #2
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My opinion is that these tags were not worn at the time he was KIA.

NOK tags were discontinued and replacement tags were issued before March 1945. I don't recall the exact time frame.

Also, I believe one tag was buried with the body, and the other tag attached to a temporary grave marker.

I believe these tags were issued/used prior to his death.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:01 PM   #3
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My opinion is that these tags were not worn at the time he was KIA.

NOK tags were discontinued and replacement tags were issued before March 1945. I don't recall the exact time frame.

Also, I believe one tag was buried with the body, and the other tag attached to a temporary grave marker.

I believe these tags were issued/used prior to his death.
Yeah the tags would have been separated upon death of the owner....Should also be noted the tetanus shot was 1943....He likely would have received a booster sometime prior to his death...That pair of tags would have denoted such...Bodes
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Old 05-19-2019, 04:35 AM   #4
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Many thanks both for your comments and answering my questions. Regards, Clive.
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