Update – the date on the tag is 1952, not 1953. I only found this out by doing a hi-res scan of the tag, shown here: Click for a larger image. And thanks to Paul, for all the help today!
This tag I found some time ago has kept me searching in the night – long after I am tired. I owe this tag something – and now I believe I can only pay the debt through the help of people here on the Internet.
Some time ago I came across (in a most unusual way I won’t get into) a single dented and battered metal dog dog. A US dog tag – the one thing every Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine hopes gets home if they do not – it gives the family closure. That’s important to warriors.
So I’ve searched to the best of my ability, here and there, and now and then. But this tag sits still on my bedside table – reminding me every night that I have a task unfinished. Certainly the odds are that this tag came from someone that made it home safely, raised a family, and is maybe dead of natural causes by now.
But I just don’t know that for sure. I’ve sent emails to several sites that claim to help return missing dog-tags – but so far, none have answered.
This tag has the following text that I can read:
WOOD, HOWARD A JR
(1-4 letters I cannot make out) 11 SEP 1952
There really should be a central clearinghouse for these tags.
As low as the odds are, if someone knows the rightful owner of this tag, please contact me.