Film, Video Dog Tags: History, Stories & Folklore of Military Identification

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Title
Dog Tags: History, Stories & Folklore of Military Identification
Summary
The 100th anniversary of the official use of American personal identity tags, affectionately known as "dog tags," recently passed without fanfare. Dog tags are highly personal items to warriors of every service and to their families as well. Each dog tag carries its own human-interest story. The acts of receiving the dog tag, hanging it around the neck, and feeling it against the body constitute a silent statement of commitment. The tag itself individualizes the human being who wears it, despite his or her role as a small part of a huge and faceless organization. While the armed forces demand obedience and duty to a higher cause, dog tags, hanging under service members' shirts and close to their chests, remind them of their individuality. They bring comfort and help calm the fears of soldiers facing death: "I do not want to be forgotten; I do not want to become an 'unknown.'"
Event Date
January 26, 2012
Notes
-  Having a personal connection with the military, Ginger Cucolo is married to a career Infantryman with 32 years of active duty service. She is the daughter, daughter-in-law, and sister of servicemen, but her years as the spouse of an Army Soldier have involved her in the lives of other servicemen and women whose families have needed information and support. Cucolo has written articles and been published in Texas Military Force Museum, Korean War Veterans Association Graybeards Magazine, TAPS 2013 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Quarterly Magazine, and on the US Army's homepage for Memorial Day.
Related Resources
Veterans History Project: https://www.loc.gov/vets/
Running Time
1 hours 4 minutes 18 seconds
Language
english
Online Format
video
Description
The 100th anniversary of the official use of American personal identity tags, affectionately known as "dog tags," recently passed without fanfare. Dog tags are highly personal items to warriors of every service and to their families as well. Each dog tag carries its own human-interest story. The acts of receiving the dog tag, hanging it around the neck, and feeling it against the body constitute a silent statement of commitment. The tag itself individualizes the human being who wears it, despite his or her role as a small part of a huge and faceless organization. While the armed forces demand obedience and duty to a higher cause, dog tags, hanging under service members' shirts and close to their chests, remind them of their individuality. They bring comfort and help calm the fears of soldiers facing death: "I do not want to be forgotten; I do not want to become an 'unknown.'"
Original Format
film, video

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