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Stamped information : this is general format, "Dog Tag" format can differ from unit to unit, see picture bellow which shows very different forms of "Dog Tag" marking ( from 1941 to 1945 ) I had possibility to survey, "L. After war M-1940 tag continuously replaced the tags of "C" and "D" shape.

DIAMONDS" dog tag is example of etched marking and the data are marked in USN manner ( see U.

I checked fold3 and and didn't find a match to your John A Janson though. The USMC didn't start issuing service numbers until 1920, same as the Navy.

So it could be a US Army tag with the USMC engraved later.

Tags for officers are issued upon first reporting to active duty and tags for individuals are stamped and issued at the recruit depots.

There exists 6 basic shapes of USMC "Dog Tags" : A - circular perforated at one side, size: of a silver half-dollar B - circular perforated at each side, size: of a silver half-dollar C - oval perforated at one side, size: width 1.25 inches (3.18 cm), length 1.5 inches (3,81 cm)D - oval perforated at each side, size: width 1.25 inches (3.18 cm), length 1.5 inches (3,81 cm)E - rectangular with rounded end/notch, size: width 1.125 inches (2,86 cm), length 2 inches (5,08 cm)F - rectangular with rounded end, size: width 1.125 inches (2,86 cm), length 2 inches (5,08 cm)* Notice - The Marines assigned to AEF (American Expeditionary Forces ) in France during WW1 used Army "Dog Tags" of shape "A" and "B". has authorized the use of the Marine Corps identification tag until the exhaustion of present supply, after which the tag in the Navy regulations ( tag of "C" shape ) will be used.

This order was amended on 1 February 1918 by General Order Number 30, paragraph IV, 7n, which provided that: This was the same time when Army serial numbers were assigned to the Marines in France.

General Order Number 10 of the 6th Regiment of Marines dated 15 February 1918 specifically stated, "The numbers assigned to all men present will be stamped in identification tags." There was some clarification in General Order Number 91, paragraph II, of 10 June 1918, which read as follows: The aluminum identification tags, each the size of a silver half dollar and of suitable thickness, will be worn by each officer and soldier of the American Expeditionary Force and by all civilians attached thereto. F., in 1917, will be issued until the present supply is exhausted.

I think he is right and before I take a tin snip to these can anyone confirm or refute my suspicion that these are authentic WWI Army dog tags that have been humped-up with the added USMC stamp on the obverse?In the inter war period and at the beginning of the WW2 the dog tags were not standard issue. ID tags will be issued "in the time of war or other national emergency ....". * Notice - during WW2 the standard issue "Dog Tags" used by USMC were tags of "C" and "D" shape, the wider use of U. ARMY M-1940 "Dog Tag" by Marines started after the end of WW2.Stamped information : Officer’s Dog Tag* Notice - Monel metal is corrosion-resistant alloy of nickel and copper, with small content of iron and manganese** Notice - The early issue Dog Tag had on side one etched hand-written personal data and on side two etchedright index print. On most examples of M-1940 USMC and USN "Dog tags" I had possibility to survey, there is not stamped date of Tetanus shot application, which was stamped to standard tags of "C" and "D" shape during WW2 and thus these tags should be post or very late WW2 issue.I checked fold3 and and didn't find a match to your John A Janson though.The imprint, excluding the USMC, is consitent with other WWI dog tags. There are several John A Janson's who registered, however cross referencing them against the 1930 census shows that none were veterans. It's a 1917 Connecticut Military Census completeted by John Janson, dated February 23rd, 1917.

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