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This pictorial library is devoted to the recording of "Uniform and Kit" issued to an American Soldier of the United States Army and the U.S. Marine Corps, during the Second World War. Consider it a virtual "Q" Store in U.S. militaria. It is not exhaustive and will be added to over time. Any reader who wishes to contribute photographs and text will be recognised and credited with such information. I also invite collectors of other nation's militaria to forward content (please see our other countries listed on the drop down menu) - so that a comprehensive list of "Axis" and "Allies" uniform/kit is detailed.
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U.S. Army Dog Tag (Meat Tag or I.D. Tag)
An example of a U.S. Army Dog Tag on issue to American troops during the Second World War. This particular dog tag had been laying in the jungle of Sanananda (New Guinea) since being "lost" by it's owner, Private Robert D. McCULLOUGH during late 1942 or early 1943. It is not known if Private McCullough survived this action, or simply lost the tag during fighting in the jungle conditions.
As can be seen, the stainless steel dogtag has survived it's time in the swampy conditions of the Sanananda jungle - which shows the resiliance of the metal; however some damage is evident to the top right hand corner of the tag.
Colloquially known by the troops as "dog tags" or "meat tags", they came in pairs - so that in the unfortunate event of a soldier becoming a fatal casualty; one tag could be removed for record purposes whilst the second tag remained in situ with the body of the deceased.
Please Click Here to learn more about this particular dog tag. This relic remains in the possession of local Papuan land owner, Annanius Mongagi of Sanananda and we are still searching for the family of Private Robert D. McCULLOUGH. Can you help? If so, please contact the Medals Gone Missing Administrator.
U.S. Army Service Dress Cap (other ranks)
Service Dress visor cap as worn by enlisted men or O.R.'s (other ranks). The cap has a woollen upper body and bears the American eagle cap badge.