WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!
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    WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    Unfortunately I don't have pics handy, but I found 2 identical WW-I dog tags in a drained millpond near Garner, NC years ago. The military unit is X'd out, but the name, D. Barbour and number 1346488 are clearly visible. Does anyone have a clue as to how to find out who this person was so that I can track down the relatives. I would think that with the name and service number, somewhere there is a record of this person! I have tried numerous times to find out who this was but have come to dead end roads. Thanks for any help! Bryan

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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by comisoas
    Unfortunately I don't have pics handy, but I found 2 identical WW-I dog tags in a drained millpond near Garner, NC years ago.  The military unit is X'd out, but the name, D. Barbour and number 1346488 are clearly visible.  Does anyone have a clue as to how to find out who this person was so that I can track down the relatives.  I would think that with the name and service number, somewhere there is a record of this person!  I have tried numerous times to find out who this was but have come to dead end roads.  Thanks for any help!  Bryan
    For D. Barbour on the WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 I find the following:
    David Daniel Barbour, B: 22 Dec 1872, White, #1 Benson, Johnston Co, NC (mate: Matta?) Draft Card 1918, Farmer
    David Daniel Barbour, B: 2 Oct 1881 North Carolina, White, Rt 1, Benson, Johnston Co, NC (wife, 3 kids) Draft Card 1917, Farmer
    David Henry Barbour, B: 2 Sep 1891 North Carolina, White, Four Oaks, NC Rt 4, Johnston Co, NC (wife and child) Draft Card 1917, Farmer
    David Vasco Barbour, B: 1 Nov 1881, White, RFD 4 Oaks, Johnston Co, NC (Mate: Minnie) Draft Card 1918, Farmer, A part of right foot cut off on plowing machine

    Best I can come up with with what information is available...hope its a start for you...great find!

    I assume that to be his service number...you can contact Military Records in St Louis and see if they can give you a match for this service member. Forewarn, not many service records remain due to a fire the records center had, as I tried to get my grandfather's (US ARMY WWI) records and they are GONE FOREVER .

    Good Luck!
    Annmarie
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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    Thank you for the information, I will try to follow up on it and see if it takes me anywhere, Bryan It sure seems like it should be as easy and # + name = info, but like you said, perhaps his records were lost in the fire. Thank you

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    Try to get a photo of them. Would love to see them.

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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    Good work annemarie Felinepeachy and i returned two WW2 dog tags its a lot of work finding relatives.

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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    I will try to get pics on soon, I am at work until tomorrow morning, Bryan

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    Jun 2006
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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    Bryan,

    The block of serial numbers allotted to Camp Wheeler, Georgia is 1,340,001 thru 1,375,000.
    This leaves me to believe that your soldier went thru boot camp there. In France the men were instructed to X out all Military Unit information from there tags before going into battle.

    Earl

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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    Thanks for the info Earl, how did you find out the number/base correlation? That is good stuff, thanks, Bryan

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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    There is a book named "Dog Tags" A History of the American Military Identification Tag written by Paul F. Braddock.

    I dug a WW1 tag about twenty years ago while looking for Civil War relics in Georgia. I have about 1500 tags from before WW1 to today. I find them fascinating. I was able to return one tag to a Japanese American veteran in Hawaii about four years ago. He had lost it in Mississippi in 1943. Also was able to return another tag to a WW2 veterans family in Illinois. The veteran had died in Italy about two weeks before the war was over and is buried in Arlington National Cemetary. They were happy to get that tag. All togeather a great hobby.

    Earl

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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by comisoas
    Unfortunately I don't have pics handy, but I found 2 identical WW-I dog tags in a drained millpond near Garner, NC years ago. The military unit is X'd out, but the name, D. Barbour and number 1346488 are clearly visible. Does anyone have a clue as to how to find out who this person was so that I can track down the relatives. I would think that with the name and service number, somewhere there is a record of this person! I have tried numerous times to find out who this was but have come to dead end roads. Thanks for any help! Bryan
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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    Thanks for getting the pic.

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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    Other places to try to find out which guy this was. If he survived the war he may have gotten a pension until he died, or possibly a spouse. If St Louis doesn't have his records, try the closest VA to where you found the tags. Also, try the US census near where you found the tags...these sources should be able to help greatly.
    Never underestimate the stupidity of people.

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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    Thanks alot for the good information, Bryan

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    Re: WW-I aluminum dog tags found--QUESTION PLEASE!!!

    you may also talk to the local VFW, they are always happy to help.
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