Tags & disk from the Slaybaugh Family,
by way of Jim MacClay, Web Staff
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(with special disk for personal protection)

Photo by Vic Damon, Web Staff

  John E. Slaybaugh of south-central PA served as a tank gunner in Co I, 33rd Armored Regiment, 3AD, during 1942-45. He first saw combat in the Normandy hedgerows in June, 1944. John was wounded twice, second time in the "Bulge," where he was evacuated for five weeks in a hospital. He returned to Co I in time for the drive across the Roer River and into Cologne. He crossed the Rhine River in his Sherman tank on a pontoon bridge in March, 1945. Ahead lay the battle for Central Europe, ending for his unit with the 3AD's defeat of German forces at Dessau on the Elbe River. John was an active member of the 3rd Armored Division Association and attended many reunions.

Some WWII Dog Tag Facts

  • US Army dog tags issued between Nov. 1941 and July 1943 included name and address of next of kin (as shown above). If a larger city, the street address was included. With tags issued after July 1943, and to this day, the next of kin is not included.

  • Slaybaugh's 8-digit service number indicates that he was a draftee ("3" first number) in the 3rd Corps area ("3" second number).

  • On the second line, "T42" gives the year of his tetanus immunization; the following "42" is the year of the tetanus toxoid; and "B" is blood type.

  • "P" on the fourth line is his religion. The choices were Protestant, Catholic, and Hebrew. If a soldier professed no religion in WWII, or was a member of any other religion, no letter was printed.

  • What is the mysterious notch on the side of the tag opposite the chain hole? It's simply there to allow the tag to be positioned on the embossing machine.

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