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Do yall still wear your dog tags?

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by Central Texan, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. Central Texan

    Central Texan AmericanSoldier

    Dec 27, 2002
    Howdy yall.
    I wear my tags whether I'm in uniform or not. I guess I just kinda feel nekkid without them. My Dad was comenting about this yesterday when he saw them while we were working on my lil sister's car.
    He told me that he wore his tags for about 12 years after he got out of the Army and continues to use one as his key chain for his car and one for his motorcycle.
    I was just wondering if any of yall still wear your tags or use them for something like my Dad does.
  2. RussP

    RussP Super Moderator Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    If some of us had continued wearing them the chain/cord holding them would have worn out long ago.;f

    Don't wear them, but I still have mine. They are wrapped with the same tape just as I wore them on my last combat mission 30+ years ago... I never could bring myself to break that tape; superstition I guess. Like when I went home on leave in between my two combat tours and shaved off my mustache. First mission after coming back was about the closest I came to dying. Didn't shave the upper lip again until years after I left the service. Superstitions, that's another thread...;)

  3. Don't wear'em any more, but always have one in my pocket
  4. TScottW99

    TScottW99 NRA Life Member

    Jul 15, 2002
    Roanoke, VA
    I lost mine in the swamps of Camp Lejeune somewhere and never replaced them. If any jarheads find them please send them to me ;f
  5. Chopperdog


    Feb 29, 2004
    Metro Atlanta
    I have one on my keychain.
  6. truckstop cop

    truckstop cop

    May 3, 2003
    dont wear em but still got em ,i think i still have a pair of jungle boots with them tied into the laces.
  7. JaviFL


    Oct 2, 2003
    South FL
    Lost track of mine a while ago. I wish I still had them. I have considered getting new ones, but it just wouldn't be the same.
  8. pizzaaguy


    May 8, 2002
    Central Florida
    Since my discharge in 1976, I've had one tag on my key ring.
  9. xcrewman

    xcrewman Desk Jockey

    Jul 18, 2001
    Death Valley, CA
    laced in my hiking boots (tounge area). easily to ID...when shtf, traveling...

  10. Yeap still have mine and wear one around the neck with orginal chain. Tag is scratched up and bent from using it as a screw driver a few times,but it is still readable. It is actually the oldest thing I own next to my copy of my Birth Certificate.
  11. Guest

    Keep one on my key ring, along with a P-38 ;f

    Had another set made, and I wear 'em to work (pistol range).
  12. pizzaaguy


    May 8, 2002
    Central Florida
    I forgot about the can opener!
    I got a P-38 on the keyring, too! ^c
  13. Central Texan

    Central Texan AmericanSoldier

    Dec 27, 2002
    Oh the P-38! Hahaha. Ya know, when I first saw one I had no freaking clue what it was! Our MRE's are a far cry form the ol C-rations, you dont need anything but fingers to open it, warm your main course, or eat it. Everything is provided and the main bag is easy to open now (vs having to chip a tooth or use a knife on the earlier MRE's). So when my dad was fiddling around with a P-38 I asked him "What the heck is that?"
    He just laughed and said "Boy, if you only knew what we had to go through just to get a meal while in the field". Hahaha, I could see in his face while he started telling me stories just how much he realy missed his time in the service.
    I knew we had it good compared to the soldiers before me, but I gained a whole new respect when I tried to open a can of peaches with his P-38, but I guess if your hungary enough a guy would do what ever it took to get a can open! Hahaha.
  14. 4TS&W


    Jul 20, 2002
    here and there...
    Keychain here too..

    ..even though I know it's not a good idea, since it has my social on it.
  15. I still have mind. The only time I wear them is when I am camping or when I fly. Force of habit I guess...

    Whiskey Moodz
  16. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    I wear one dog tag on a chain around my neck along with a spare handcuff key when working (LEO)
  17. Guest

    HA! You must have been issued the new and improved MRE. The last one I got (1985) had a can of tuna fish in it..... along with a P-38.;)

    And no, I don't still wear my dog tags. But I do still have them.;f
  18. Central Texan

    Central Texan AmericanSoldier

    Dec 27, 2002
    Yes'r! Easy open bag, chemical heater, tabasco sause, salt, pepper, gum (also a laxitive;P ) matches, toilet paper (but still not enough to prevent your finger from sliping through;g ) fork, main course, "desert", some times candy, usualy some kind of fruit, all kinds of goodies!
  19. MR. Fantastic

    MR. Fantastic

    Apr 21, 2004
    Phoenix, AZ
    Not only do I still wear my dog tags but I also stamp my name on all my skivies, sound revelie at 0530, prepare for field day inspection every Thursday evening and have a fresh high and tight haircut for work every Monday morning. Seriously though, I don't know what happened to my old set, I know I have a couple of spares in an ammo can somewhere.

  20. jawjaboy

    jawjaboy Casual lead ho

    Mar 1, 2002
    RFD South Georgia
    Couldn't tell you what happened to my tags, don't know. But I do still have and carry on my key ring the P-38 that came in a "ham dinner" box that I opened on Christmas day in 1969. Still use it too.