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Military Personal Identity Tags - "Dog Tags"

Military Personal Identity Tags -

Pictured above: FORD, EDWARD R., I.D. TAG/Harris & Ewing, photographer/Published: between 1913 and 1918/LOC

VAV!/April 9, 2014/Contributed by Data Reporter - Data Bob

American military personal identity tags, more commonly known as "Dog Tags," are not solely an identification tool for Soldiers serving in combat; they also signify a duty to one's country, a commitment to a higher cause, and a resolve to each other during peace and war. The dog tag brings solace to its wearer and eases fear in the face of death... ensuring that in their last measure of full devotion, they will not be forgotten and will not be unknown.

The first story of the original, yet unofficial identification tags in America's history goes back to the Civil War (1861-1865), as soldiers going into combat created their own rudimentary identification by pinning pieces of paper with their given name and home address to the their backs, as well as stenciling identification on their knapsacks or etching their personal information into the back of their Army belt buckle.

During  the Spanish-American War,  US. Chaplain Charles E. Pierce believed the identify of war dead should be practiced on a more scientific basis. The Chaplain suggested a central collection agency where mortuary records would be gathered and the addition of an "Identity Disk" in every Soldier's combat field kit. The addition of  an"Identity Disk," in 1899, is considered as the first institutionalized identification tag. 

The Navy formally utilized "dog tags" during World War I when the Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, directed their use in General Order No. 294 of 12 May 1917.

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1940s

Screen Legend Mickey Rooney Dies At 93

 Screen Legend Mickey Rooney Dies At 93

Pictured above:  Mickey Rooney

VAV!/April 7, 2014

Screen legend, Mickey Rooney, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at his Hollywood home. He was 93.   Rooney is best remem...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 April 2014 06:19 )

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1960s

Hobart "Hobie" Alter

Hobart

Pictured above: A Hobie Cat rests just one day after the passing of its creator Hobart Hobie Alter/30 March 2014, 07:37:52/Author WPPilot/ Wikipedia /Contributed by Screen ...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 April 2014 22:21 )

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1940s

Toomey, Casey Introduce Resolution Honoring “Wild Bill” Guarnere & Band Of Brothers

Toomey, Casey Introduce Resolution Honoring “Wild Bill” Guarnere & Band Of Brothers

Pictured above: Wild Bill Guarnere member of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division/ Easy Company WebBase /Contributed by Scr...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 March 2014 07:46 )

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1970s

Stephen Stills' "Manassas": "Both of Us (Bound to Lose)" (1972)

 Stephen Stills'

Pictured above: Stephen Still's Band and Manassas cover

VAV!/March 27, 2014/Contributed by Field Reporter,  Paco Malo

In the spring of 1972 perspective, Stephen Stills'...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 March 2014 12:25 )

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Arts and Crafts

Fannie Farmer And The Fannie Farmer CookBook

Fannie Farmer And The Fannie Farmer CookBook

Pictured above: Schrafft's, Madison Ave. and 58th St., New York City. Cakes in bakery/Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer/1948 Jan. 30

VAV!/March 24, 2014

"I always was...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 April 2014 05:25 )

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Arts and Crafts

Delmonico's Restaurant - Culinary History And Dining Perfection

Delmonico's Restaurant - Culinary History And Dining Perfection

Pictured above: Delmonico's, New York/Detroit Publishing Co./c1903/LOC.

VAV!/April 4, 2014

Delmonico's Restaurant, America's First Restaurant,  located in the heart...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 May 2014 04:34 )

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Victorian

The United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) Duty • Honor • Country

The United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA)   Duty • Honor • Country

 

Pictured above: Cadets on Parade, West Point/Bain News Service, publisher/between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915/LOC

VAV!/March 16, 2014

On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Je...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 March 2014 06:40 )

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Art Deco

Inez Milholland Boissevain - American Joan Of Arc

Inez Milholland Boissevain - American Joan Of Arc

Pictured above: Inez Milholland Boissevain, wearing white cape, seated on white horse at the National American Woman Suffrage Association parade, March 3, 1913, Wash...

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Art Deco

The 1913 National American Woman's Suffrage Association March

The 1913 National American Woman's Suffrage Association March

Pictured above:  Inez Milholland Boissevain, wearing white cape, seated on white horse at the National American Woman Suffrage Association parade, March 3, 1913, Was...

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 March 2014 05:16 )

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1950s

The Stroll

The Stroll

Pictured above:  An impromptue version of The Stroll/By Screen Grab©

VAV!/March 3, 2013/Storyline contributed by Shelley Weiner Flannery

One of the biggest dance craze...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 02:44 )

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Trinity Test - First Atomic-Bomb Explosion

Pictured above: Nuclear explosion, Trinity Test Site/New Mexico, July 16, 1945/LOC VAV!/August 16, 2014 On July 16, 1945, at 5:30 am,  the U.S. government detonated a plutonium-based nuclear weapon at an isolated corner on the Alamagordo Bombing Range known as the "Jornada del Muerto," or "Journey of Death," 210 miles south of Los Alamos, NM.  

 

Robin Williams

Pictured above:  Robin Williams/Courtesy of BagoGames/Flickr/https://flic.kr/p/opoyd9/Some Rights Reserved VAV!/August 11, 2014 Brilliant comedian and actor, Robin Williams (1951-2014), Oscar and Grammy winner who soared into fame after appearing as an alien from the planet Ork on the 1978 television series, Mork and Mindy, was found dead at his home in Tiburon, CA.  Latest evidence revealed his death to be a "suicide due to asphyxia," He was 63.   The comedian had been battling severe depression and was no stranger to a painful struggle with alcohol and cocaine addiction.  Williams won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Sean Maguire in the 1997's film "Good Will Hunting" and he was nominated for Best Actor for his roles as a deejay in 1987's "Good Morning, Vietnam," as a teacher in 1989's "Dead Poets Society" and in 1991's "The Fisher King." He also won a Grammy in 2003 for "Robin Williams - Live 2002." 

 

Hull Pottery

VAV!/August 7, 2014 During 1905, in Crooksville, OH, a legendary company was launched! The Hull Pottery, with Addis Emmet (A.E.) Hull at the helm, produced utilitarian stoneware, semi-porcelain dinnerware and decorative tile. Within a few short years, the Pottery enjoyed steady footing and a superb recognition for the ceramics they produced.

 

Ebola

Pictured above: MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) health staff in protective clothing constructing perimeter for isolation ward/CDC VAV!/August 4, 2014 Saturday, August 2, 2014, an Ebola victim from Africa was brought into the United States. The patient was taken into a specialized isolation unit at one of the nation's leading hospitals for secluded treatment. Fears that the disease could spread in the U.S. has generated concern throughout the country. What is Ebola?

 

The November Man

Pictured above:  Pierce Brosnan as Peter Devereaux, "The November Man"/The November Man VAV!/July 31, 2014 Code named 'The November Man'; Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. He must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko) who could expose the truth behind a decades old conspiracy. He soon discovers this assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred. With a screenplay by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek based on Bill Granger's novel "There are No Spies" from the bestselling November Man book series, THE NOVEMBER MAN is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage.

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