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World War I Military Dog Tags Identity
1917-1919
Maker not researched
USA
Aluminium, silver, cotton
a: 1/8 x 1 3/8 in.; b: 2 x 1 3/8 x 1/8 in.; c approx.: 15 x 3/4 x 1/8 in.
Gift of Jacques Noel Jacobsen, Jr.
95.023.71a-c

World War I Military Identity Tags; two discs tied together with cotton twill tape; a: aluminium disc stamped, obverse "C.O. Anderson U.S.A."; reverse "lst Lieut. 140th. F.A."; b: disc engraved, obverse "Lieut C.O. Anderson Battery A 140th F.A. U.S.A."; reverse "In case of Accident notify Valley City Lodge No 402 F & AM Water Valley, Miss."; c: brass chain/ fob with American eagle.


Some World War I soldiers had unofficial tags made for themselves; this one calls out a fraternal organization as its owner's contact. Lieutenant C. O. Anderson had a tag specially engraved that requested: “In case of accident notify Valley City Lodge No. 402, of Water Valley, Mississippi.” He had joined the Masonic lodge in 1914.



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