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    Posted 2 years ago

    fhrjr2
    (37 items)

    Just starting to clean this up. It was well tarnished. It is a sterling silver WWII U.S. Army identification bracelet Front shows name, rank and serial number of the service member. Back has the name of next of kin along with their street and town address. This was sent home to Albert's mother. She had the chain replaced so she could wear it. I also have the original letter to her from the Department of Defense informing her of her son's death along with a picture of the cemetery he was buried in. I don't recall seeing one of these on here so thought I would post it.

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      I thought some of the military collectors on here might like seeing this.
    2. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      What a touching story, although my father had served in Korea and uncles in WW2 I have never seen an ID tag before, thank you so much for sharing this
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      Thanks Newfld. I have this man's brother's dog tags and bronze star here still along with discharge papers, war diaries etc. He went to the Pacific to help free the islands. He made it home in one piece, 20 some years later I married his daughter.

      Thanks for the loves.
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      I seem to get conflicting information on whether these bracelets were govt issue. Anyone have a sure fire site that answers it?
    5. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
      Not an issue item. Private purchase-- many different styles available from jewelers.

      Here is one of mine:

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/29895-usmc-medal-of-honor-recipients-id-bracel

      scott

    6. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      Thanks scottvez. The one you list here is an example of where I am getting the conflict on being govt issued. The one you list is done on one side only with a vibrating type engraver. The one I posted above has the information on both sides for the soldier and the next of kin, all punched in upper case letters just like dog tags. That difference is, where some sites say govt issued while the vibrator single side in cursive is obviously not something govt issued. I don't seem to find a site that speaks with any degree of accuracy or authority on the subject. Although going through govt sites is often contradictory from one to another.
    7. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      PS: Thus far on historical military sites I have found that the govt issued these in sterling silver as part of the uniform from 1939 - 1945.

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