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World War II GI's dog tagsWorld War II GI's dog tags

These metal identification badges, one of many sets in the Smithsonian's military history collections, were worn by Johnnie V. Wilson of Council Bluffs, Iowa, during World War II. Used to identify a soldier wounded or killed in action, they are both personal and depersonalized, poignant symbols of modern warfare.

See also: Military History, World War II

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