Military History/usmcr dog tag


Tom Daniel wrote at 2010-06-21 02:43:36
Just found my Fathers dog tags. He enlisted in the Marines ( reserves)  in  Jan 1941.  After boot camp as sent home and spent some weekends in the unit drills. After Pearl he was activated into the First Mar. Div 5 Reg. 2 nd Batt. Was sent ashore on the first wave at Guadalcanal. His tags are nearly oval discs of some metal with last first name and Jr. on top , last name larger below, then below that blood type. Below that serial number, below that enlistment date. To the left of these and cross wise to them is USMCR .  On the back of the tag are his finger print. Have no idea how they did that but ouch maybe. Semper Fi form a Navy guy who had a Marine Dad he was and is extremely prous of.

Susan Frenzel wrote at 2014-08-26 22:05:30
My Husband served in the Marine Corp from 1953 to 1973 what would the M stand for on his dog tag? It shows Last name both initals service number blood type and religion and M. Is that for gas mask size.

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