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Man finds military dog tags after purchasing storage unit at auction, hopes to return them to family

October 11th, 2016

One man who buys storage lockers at auctions found something that needs to be returned to the rightful owners.

He found military dog tags belonging to William C. Fowler who may have served in the Korean War.

“That’s ultimately what I want. I want these to the rightful owner,” said Adam Heaphy.

Heaphy purchases storage lockers at auctions.

He sometimes come across some treasures, but nothing like this.

Adam purchased a locker at A-1 Affordable Storage in White Lake Township for $275.

It was filled with some junk, along with a refrigerator and washer and dryer.

But inside, he found a box with military dog tags belonging to a William C Fowler.

“I wonder if they are real. So, I looked at them closer and I said, ‘Yup they sure are.’ Because of that little niche right there and then obviously a quick Google search, obviously confirmed it.”

After doing some research, William C. Fowler pops up on the American Battle Monuments Commission’s website.

This person was part of the Army’s 772nd military police battalion in the Korean War.

He was born in South Carolina in 1927 and was killed in action in 1951.

“I just want somebody that may know the family, maybe related to the family, even possibly knows the tenant of the storage unit that I bought and hoping that they would be like, ‘Yeah I know William.'”

There were other forms of identification in the box other people, possibly the person who had rented the storage locker.

We made some phones calls hoping to find those people, but haven’t heard back.

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Missing German soldiers…

March 8th, 2016

In 1993, the “People’s League”, which was created after the First World War in Germany and had been banned by Hitler, his activities in Russia developed. At that time the activists had already found and buried the remains of nearly a half million Wehrmacht soldiers on the territory of Belgium, France and Yugoslavia under the leadership of Mathäas Gurskij.Today we are aware that the Germans who fought against the Soviet Union, even soldiers and to some extent victims of the regime were. Whatever one may take it well, they were their oath faithfully.Some years ago a military Memorial was opened behind the village Rossoschki in Volgograd. Many German families come Rossoschki, for burial place of their fathers, brothers and grandfathers, whose names are inscribed on 246 plaques. The monuments and the road to the cemetery were built for the money an Austrian citizen. Similar cemeteries plans to found the “national union” even at Novorossiysk and at Kursk.In the cemetery at Rossoschki rest around 30 thousand soldiers who once fought on this soil. Some of them bite with the teeth in every inch of the frozen ground and fought to the last man for their home. The others were uninvited come with the rifle, which had given them a terrible idea in the hand, and completely poisoned with a human nature strange thoughts about our “diversity”. This was a tragedy for both nations. Today Soviet and German soldiers have found reconciliation in brother graves in the dry earth of Volgograd.

A missing soldier…

I spread this information with the hope that there are perhaps descendants and other relatives of this German soldier, whose remains rest in Russian soil.This brand recognition has been found by the investigators in the years 1988-1990 north of the village Orlovka near Volgograd. Since both halves of the brand have been preserved, I have to conclude that the soldier who owned this brand, is registered as missing. One can assume yet that the soldier in the battle of Stalingrad in late 1942 – has fallen early 1943rdThe inscription of the identification tag is:Number: 1845Agency: 2nd Light Replacement Battery 214Blood А.With the publication of this information, I expect that there are people in Germany who are ready to assist in finding the person of the fallen soldiers, perhaps even his relatives, to give them this recognition mark as the last memory of her father, grandfather or brother Miss.To determine the identity of the soldiers, one can turn to the WASt. The German service (WASt) is in possession of a list of ALL dog tags, and can certainly notify the relevant members.In addition, you can, as I have been known to also contact the , if there are such, will be interesting to learn where their father or grandfather has fallen in this war. I know quite well the feeling that people feel in such a situation. I myself was for many years in search of the grave of my grandfather, who fought in the ranks of the Red Army and was killed on 26 July 1944 in the rayon of the city Bialystok. I can still clearly remember how my heart was racing when I received the official document from the Polish Red Cross with the Notification of the location of the funeral, as I then visited the city Bialystok, and the tears could not hold back when I stood at the grave of my grandfather, whom I knew only by the

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Trade with dog tags.. To bid for soldiers fates..

March 8th, 2016

For German eBayers only apparently prohibited.


Auctions of dog tags, identified as originating from missing soldiers “, since the company” not known “, it said in a statement eBay told . A plaque can eventually” from attic finds originate or away from the support to the son or grandson have been. “This statement, however, hardly convinced. As Gerhardt authority checked three offered on eBay identification numbers in a sample, it came promptly to the index cards of three already lost Landser.but very uneasy the subject seems not to be the auction organizers. For German users participating in such auctions is blocked – with two changes to the browser settings to the supposed lock can however quickly deal. For American and British co-auctioneers anyway does not change. They had, it is said in the company, contacted the German department on this issue.

Special ropes but had so far not appear: Two years ago, he had contacted eBay in this matter, says Gerhard. And although currently playing different dog tags are auctioned, there is no fixed appointment with an eBay representative.Missing persons investigator Guntram Berndt now speaks rather in Internet forums militaria lovers directly: “I have them written! People you buy identities of people The are then gone forever” Meanwhile, reports Berndt, would give him some contrite collector replied: You have indeed had no idea where the brand originated.”Vlad2308″ is now no longer registered with eBay. His dubious memorabilia he sells now reportedly about other Internet auction houses, where the so-called dog tags are also offered. On eBay, a successor has been found under the symbol “Szwarawilczyca” sold a Polish merchant equal dutzendfach dog tags German soldiers. Many of them are rusty. As if they had long lain in the earth.


Dog tags an SS paratroopers Important information for our users: This brand recognition is of course NOT in my private property. I use only this photo of dog tag found. If you should find an identification tag, please note the following: document -Fundort well Report –dogtag the German Dienstelle in Berlin or the German War Graves guiding concern and proposed If you do not do your commits Grave robbery and the identity of the fallen soldiers will be lost forever and relatives remain in the dark about its fate. I need you not certainly explain how terrible it is for a family not knowing what happened to a dear family member. Hope always dies last! So please keep an the two points and help it to resolve an unexplained fate and to give a family finally sure of the past and spiritual peace.




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The German dog tag…

March 8th, 2016

In Germany Dog Tags were first at the beginning of the war 1870/1871 Germany Kaiser Wilhelm I. introduced. The narration by the proposal of a Berlin should Artisans have come, the more sons had in the military at that time. Initially yet borne partly self-made brands. Full coverage were indicia However, until the First World War, then still without separating slot and full name, introduced. The experiences on the battlefields of World War I, where soldiers often were mutilated beyond recognition and / or months not recovered in no man’s land were, showed the necessity of these dog tags. Even today be Remains of soldiers found that can be identified due to their identification tag.

Since the 1920s, was at Brands Drain slots mounted. these the brand can be divided in the middle. The upper half remained with the fallen, the lower first went to the unit, then the Defence Administration. Both halves are identical labels, the top has in usually two holes to a band pass to lead and reassign the brand. The bottom has a “overflow hole” the lower halves of brand fallen to line up.

The marks were usually prepared from aluminum or zinc, in some cases, from Stainless steel. In Austria, before the introduction of the soldiers a capsule as part of the adjustment supported, wherein a legitimacy sheet was kept protected from the weather, worn. The stamp with the following data – 7th Panzer RGT.5 – Nr. 21 0 means: 7th Company Panzer Regiment 5 – Register # 94 – Blood Group 0..


The term “field training regiment” took place because the basic training – as opposed to recent Usance – did not take place in the Reich, but in occupied enemy territory. Units that were exposed to an increased risk of capture, such. As border guard units or paratroopers, or where in general at the capture unit should be veiled, were only numbers on their dog tags. It was intended that each soldier all four Military Branches had to wear a brand. Further Members of the RAD (Reich Labor Service), the National Socialist Motor Corps (NSKK), the Organisation Todt, the police station staff, in war factories, Volkssturm, Fire News and- administrative staff, technical and emergency assistance POWs. From July 1942 was also the Customs Border Patrol dog tags. Key for the EKM is the book by Jean Höidal.

A metal brand that is worn in the war of all soldiers on a string around his neck.It is used to determine the personality with dead and wounded.The history of EM begins with a legend. A Berlin craftsman whose sonsin Prus. Army served, is an identity brand have established that he his sons with theField gave. Based on this brand should, if anything happened to them, to clarify their identity.Selbiger craftsmen to this brand the Prussian. War Department for introduction into theArmy have suggested and helped himself while the comparison with the already knownDog tax stamp.Of course that was a mistake, because how could one expect a Prussian soldier, a”Dog tag” to wear.King William I is said to have very excited about such a request. Finally, he hadbut be convinced of the benefits of such an identity mark and their introductionin the Prussian. Army agreed – if the legend.The royal Prussian.. General Dr. F. Loeffler mentioned in his 1868 published book on the”Prussian military medical service and its reform” first time “a Recognoscirungsmarke”…. “Nevertheless, it is the konstatierten by the North German Confederation by the experience of 1866Needs by formal introduction of a special Recognoscirungsmarkebe met. In the mobilization of each soldier will receive a sheet mark, whichis worn on a cord around the neck (on the naked body) and which with the labelthe military unit and the number which the holder of the register in his military unit, providedis. “…In the 1896 published book on the “armies and navies of the present” is mentioned that alreadythe war of 1866 against Austria the identity marks of soldiers in superstitious fear of deathwere thrown away. Need 8 months after the Battle of Hradec Králové were of thethere fallen Prussia only 429 are identified.After Theodor Fontane were in this battle but 99 Offz. And 8,794 man Prus. armylike.It is doubtful whether the brand achieved during the campaign of 1866 in the entirePrus. Army was used, probably she was carried by only a few troops.During the negotiations of the Geneva Committee of the Red Cross had been repeatedly discussedbeen that one means of determining the identity of heavy dead and woundedmust see.In any case, the authenticator must already during the war in 1870-71 in the Prussian. armyhave been in use, because there are reports that one of the dead soldiers, the identification tagand paybooks have lost.In the “History of the clothing and equipment of the Royal. Prussian Army in the years1806-1878 “Mila says of the identification tag:”§ 593. Behufs better establish the identity of remaining in battle or unconsciousencountered wounded receives the Ausmarsch the field (according to Section 110 of the Regulation onMedical service of the army in the field of 29 April 1869) each soldier one on the naked bodyaround the neck on a cord to wear plate mark, which with the owner of the registerthe military unit accompanying number and provided with the name of the military unit itselfis; e.g. -75- Rh.Cür.R. 8 – 2.E. (75 = personal number, Rh. = Rhine, CUER. = Kürassier,R. = Regiment, 8th = number of the regiment, 2.E. = 2nd Squadron, d. Verf.) Originally,the brand “Rekognitionsmarke” named and had the shape of a rectangle; the War Sanitätsordungfrom January 10, 1878 gave them the name “dog tags” and an ellipticalForm.”With safety so it can be assumed that these brands already in 1869 in the Prussian. armywas and it was issued in the mobilization in 1870 to the soldiers.Goods on the identification tag initially only the abbreviated designation and formation or unitsmashed the serial number under which the regimental matrikel the respective Personaliendeswere registered carrier, we went in 1914 by this scheme from.


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Choosing your own dog tags…

January 2nd, 2015

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For all Army and military fans and those who want to be there now to make yourself dog tags. The heist each can have its own special and unique dog tag design for customization and can then shape. How exactly does that even make?  For the buyer of dog tags that works quite simple and straightforward. First, one can select the material.


  •  Offer the following variety of materials :


  • Stainless SteelMatt
  • Polished stainless steel
  • World War
  • Gold Color black
  • Silver copper


If you have chosen to be material, for example a Dog Tag Stainless Steel Matt, you can enter in the configurator to 5 lines each letters and characters. A matching chain in different lengths can still choose also. Those who want can now lay still one or more silencers (Quiet maker) in the cart. That’s it, already. Who still finds an error in the preview to be ordered dog tags that can still edit it accordingly. For this you just have to “edit” button and you’re back in the page where you can change its character.  If everything is correct and has been checked then simply go back to the cart. From now on it is passed through the payment. This is actually kept so simple, I have to explain this again. It is important before the last step “Buy Now” again to check whether the custom dog tags have no errors. After pressing the button no change is possible. Exactly these characters and letters tag embossing machine are in fact now the dog is sent and stored. Now the order is processed by Dog Tag Team and prepared for shipment and usually passed on the same day of  Post. Often, custom dog tags reach the next day already the recipient.  Perhaps those who still have no real idea of embossing, which takes place here at our ideas for his dog tags something suitable.


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Dog Tag with engraving…

January 2nd, 2015

Dog tag is another word for dog tags. The popular and well commonly used word for dog tag is the dog tag. This dog tag is now also becoming a fashion item or a trailer with useful information. Another feature of this dog tags is the high value of the material. The dog tags are generally made of 100% stainless steel or other valuable commodities such as gold or copper.


Differences engraving and embossing.


For this purpose, the text is not placed on the dog tags on an engraving, but the text is stamped by embossing using a real embossing machine of the US Army in the dog tag. The general difference of an imprint on an engraving is that an embossing existing material is compacted and make the text more readable. In an engraving on the other hand, the existing material is excavated and there are chips from the surface, which in the Scriptures or the symbols, the surface becomes thinner.

Use of Dog Tags with an individual embossing.


The lyrics are there for the dog tags no limits to the imagination. The only limit is the generous five-line course. The text can be for example a birthday greeting or a little poem. A vow of love or loyalty oath can be a great gift. Such an individual gift is unique and keeps you at any time in your memory. Particularly suitable as a dog tag for move fans. Here is a cool move quote from the favourite move of your friends are. Other uses are as a key chain, luggage tag or mark as an emergency with information on diseases or drug allergies.



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Military dog tags You can get shape ..

January 2nd, 2015

The military dog tag is colloquially referred to as “dog tags” (in the English language, the word “dog tag” use). The tag is an identification tag in metal, which consists of either two parts or in one piece with a breaking point. Designed the military dog tags to identify dead soldiers subsequently can.  The Military dog tags contains various information about the soldiers. In particular fields provided the personal identification number (field no. 4) and the nationality (field no. 2) can be used. The personal identification number is as follows: 100970W61825. This number and letter combination indicates the date of birth, the first letter of the family name as well as the no. Of the army recruiting office and a check digit. The nationality is specified with DEU or older brands with GE. In addition, the blood group is stamped with Rhesus factor (box 5 and 6) on the mark. Here, the data are presented as follows: A, B, AB, or 0 and Rh Rh + or -. This information is intended primarily for first aid for a wound in the war. The vaccination for tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis, and other diseases can be specified in no. 7 box. The specification is as follows: for example, . T 2001. The letter T stands for tetanus and 2001, the number indicates the year in which wurde.Im reached the Impfvollschutz for tetanus box 3, the religion – k (Catholic), e (Protestant), o (Christian Orthodox) , isl (Islamic), JD (Jewish) – werden.Alle specified this information can be found on both parts of the military dog tags.

How will the military dog tags worn ?


The military dog tags is always worn by the soldiers on duty. Upon the death of one half of the dog tag is left with the soldiers, the other half is used for documentation and subsequent identification and is sent to the unity of the fallen soldiers or the military administration either.  The offered here at the store dog tags are worn with ball chain and after the American style of 2 identical brands hergestellt.An a longer ball chains, a mark is attached to a shorter chain the second mark is attached. One of these brands will remain on death when soldiers. The ball chain has the advantage of being easily torn off despite their robust design, so that the soldier did not strangled in dangerous situations, even. Furthermore, it can be opened in order to replace the identification tag if damaged can. The military dog tags – especially the two-part design of the United States – is equipped with so-called silencers (mufflers).. This prevents both parts noisily beat each other and thus the position is betrayed to the enemy.


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The data on the dog tag…

January 2nd, 2015

The inscriptions on the brand are substantially identical. Nevertheless, there are a number of minor differences. For example, the Air Force has engraved usually the first and last name, social security number, blood type and religion. These different arrangements can be selected. The US Navy uses the same information in yet another arrangement, and the US Army has its own requirements regarding the appearance of the brand.


From identifying the fashion accessory


For members of the military dog tags as it may seem incredible: From the earlier vital appendage of the soldiers now a fashion accessory for young people has become. Although the US brand recognition is still used in the global operations of the US military, young people use the brand today in order to upgrade their wardrobe a little. This, however, is done entirely with a certain background. Many young people want to be understood so little stronger and almost militant touch, but at least they want to show fashion sense and make the membership of a particular class outwardly apparent.  You can ask the dog tag is then available for their religion, their faith, or even the name of your favorite music or as an expression of inner conviction and life. The large and rustic-looking brand can also be silver or gold plated and then acts somewhat delicate and is a small piece of jewelry appropriate. Today it is from a market emerged, the individual designs are all possibilities so that you can create his own personal US dog tag as a fashion accessory.





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The US Dog Tag From the dog tag for fashion accessory…

January 2nd, 2015



She has a remarkable development behind it: the US brand recognition. Colloquially referred to as “dog tag”, which dog tag identification fallen soldiers is a priority. For this purpose, it contains various engraved details that allow unambiguous identification of the dead soldiers. These data vary from country to country, but generally they all involve civil registration number, a country code and the blood group. Stock earlier for the soldiers a duty to support the identification tag when they are on duty, the brand recognition has become rather fashionable accessory for young people. Provided with individual engraving, it adapts to sporty and casual clothing and in adolescents and young at heart extremely popular as a piece of jewelry.


The purpose of the US Dog Tag


In American parlance called “Dog Tag”, similar to the US brand recognition at first glance is actually a dog tag. It is worn by members of the US military of all units and is used to identify dead and wounded soldiers. For this purpose, it contains important medical information, but also information on religious affiliation.

Manufacture of stainless material

US Dog Tags are usually made of aluminum or stainless steel, to remain stable and readable even in the most adverse wind and weather. In times of war – if high quality metals were no longer available – however, they were made of any metal that was somehow available. The brand is still worn with the US Military in combination with a red trailer if the soldier has a medical condition that makes a specific medical treatment. This can be seen at a glance that a particular treatment is prescribed in this wounded member of the military.  Usually the brand recognition of the US military as well as many other brands of two components, which fit together seamlessly. While half remains on the body of the fallen or wounded soldiers, the other half of his unit or his army is passed. In order to recognize the wounded or killed is ensured.


The History of the Dog Tag


American Civil War from 1861 to 1865 [2] had first mounted soldiers name and home address on paper in their jackets and coats. Alternatively, belts and other parts of the uniform with these data were labeled. The purpose was to let the survivors in the event of the case to send a message and be even easier to identify. But soon realized resourceful manufacturers the potential for this market and started to produce first pins on which the name and unit of soldiers were engraved. Often, these needles were provided with an eagle or similar heraldic animals and carried slogans such as “War for the Union” or “Liberty, Union and Equality”. The name of the soldier was engraved, his unit, and sometimes even the list of battles in which he participated. Also in World War came the US Dog Tag used. On 20 December 1906 [1], the production of dog tags for the US Army has been approved for the first time. It consisted of aluminum, the size of a half dollar piece and was correspondingly thick, and it contained the name, rank and regiment of the wearer. You always had to be worn if the soldier was on duty or was in uniform. As of 1913, the US dog tags were still optional in 1917 [3] it was in the US Army for duty to help each use.  In 1916 the design was changed. From that point on was the brand of two parts. One of the two parts was worn on the body, the other remained with the person who should be responsible in case of problems for the funeral. In 1918, [1] then a number system was introduced, which ensured that the name and serial number were engraved.  While the identification tag was first worn during World War II only by the US Navy, followed after the Second World War, the US Army and the Air Force. Today, a uniform standard is introduced, after wearing all the pillars of the American military identical trademarks with the same content.  A peculiarity comes to religion. Even in the Second World War was the use of single letters for religions “Protestant,” “Roman Catholic” and “Jewish” in use, as could be shown that it was associated with any religion. It was not until the Vietnam War, the membership was extended to other religious groups, so that from this point on additional religions could be printed. Just the religion was often but not specified, it was feared but a corpse desecration or poor medical treatment if you fell with a particular religion into the wrong hands. As important as belonging to a particular religious group it was so, so much had reason to conceal it, not to be abused because of religion.  In 1969, the Social Security number, which was added to the data immediately followed. A special feature was recorded later in the Vietnam War. Here is a small rubber coated plate between the dog tag was added, was that when walking or moving to hear any metallic noise. So could you be sure not to be heard by the enemy as fast.  A tradition has come to be until today: Fallen soldier honored at her funeral bier with their boots, rifles and their dog tag one last time.

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Dog Tags, already used by the Romans

January 2nd, 2015



Who is in the army, knows that every soldier receives a dog tags. This is a metal pendant which can quite easily break in the middle and the lower part has an additional small chain.



The tag has been around for thousands of years in the army. The tag facilitates natural death, the identification. But even better detection if the soldier dessertiert.


The dog tags receives every soldier immediately after the convening and there is a compulsion to wear this Märkchen continually. If the soldier to die in battle, the dog tags is broken in the middle and hung on his toe. The upper part of the identification tag is collected so that the family can be notified of the death. The tag is not new and not an invention of the Bundeswehr. The tag exists in all armies in the world and has been used by the Romans. Probably is the method of identification tag much older. It is known that at least 100 n. Chr., All identifiers were recorded at the Roman legions. This allowed for a for a Dessertation the soldier identification in civilian clothes. To start a new life is thus a soldier who left the troupe, enormously complicated. Even then, the Legionaries were given a “signaculum”, this was a lead tablet had to carry all the Legionaries in a pouch around his neck.

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