Page- I can answer this. I’m sure it was a family gift. What a
wonderful keepsake for you to have.
I was born and raised in the military. Both my parents and all of
their male siblings went to war as well as my brother.
Dog tags are the standard for ID. The old soldier’s tale says that
the notch in them at the bottom is to be able to hammer it in between
the teeth of a dead soldier so he or she could be identified at the
morgue after their clothing was cut off. Dad may have told us this
just to gross us out a little. My late father’s flying jacket from
the 5th Army Air Corp had a silk piece sewn on the back that said in
Chinese that there was a reward for the return of his body or his dog
Though it is not an official thing I’ve know some GIs today that
have their ID tattooed on their bodies in addition to wearing their
I’ve made several bracelets over the years for both men and women
without a clasp. It’s not necessarily always a war thing.
Tiffany’s used to make bangle bracelets that had no clasp, but a
small gold or silver screw that was meant to be rarely removed. The
bracelet came with a special Tiffany’s screwdriver.
I still have my “dependant” dog tags as well as my late mother’s and
Have fun and make lots of jewelry