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WWII Army Dog Tag Format

The format for the Army m1940 Dog Tags changed four times between December 1940 and April 1946. The following is a general guideline of the formats used during that period. It’s very common to find variations of each format.

Type 1 Dog Tag Format: Dec. 1940 – Nov. 1941

Line 1: First, Middle Initial, Last NameJOHN Q PUBLIC
Line 2: Army Serial Number, Blood Type37337566    O
Line 3: Next Of KinFRED PUBLIC
Line 4: Address of Next of Kin2843 FEDERAL ST
Line 5: City, StateDENVER, COLO

Type 2 Dog Tag Format: Nov. 1941 – July 1943

Line 1: First, Middle Initial, Last NameJOHN Q PUBLIC
Line 2: Army Serial Number, Tetnus, Tetnus Toxoid + Blood Type37337566 T42 43    O
Line 3: Next Of KinFRED PUBLIC
Line 4: Address of Next of Kin2843 FEDERAL ST
Line 5: City, State + ReligionDENVER, COLO        P

Type 3 Dog Tag Format: July 1943 – March 1944

Line 1: First, Middle Initial, Last NameJOHN Q PUBLIC
Line 2: Army Serial Number, Blood Type37337566 T42 43    O
Line 5: Religion                              P

Type 4 Dog Tag Format: March 1944 – April 1946

Line 1: First, Middle Initial, Last NamePUBLIC, JOHN Q
Line 2: Army Serial Number, Blood Type37337566 T42 43    O
Line 5: Religion                              P