From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
tag, commemorative service identification
Non-military issue, commemorative service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", dedicated to U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Joseph Leslie Hart. The military rank, branch of military service, name, date of birth, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation/date, & hometown of record, "LTC AF HART, / JOSEPH L. / DOB 11 SEP 24 / MIA 25 FEB 67 / AFTON" are stamped upon the obverse surface of the tag. The artifact was left at The Wall affixed to a metal ball chain along with four (4) other non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags (VIVE (5867 - 5870)), a wooden Christian cross (VIVE (34838)), & a printed note (VIVE (35315)) by a donor identified only as, "WYOMING BROTHER" between January - April 1990.
NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAG, ALSO REFERRED TO AS A, "DOG TAG", DEDICATED TO U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT COL) JOSEPH LESLIE HART. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, SILVER COLORED METAL DISK WITH ROUNDED CORNERS, A CRIMPED EDGE, AND ONE (1) HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE MILITARY RANK, BRANCH OF MILITARY SERVICE, NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) CASUALTY DESIGNATION/DATE, & HOMETOWN OF RECORD, "LTC AF HART, / JOSEPH L. / DOB 11 SEP 24 / MIA 25 FEB 67 / AFTON" ARE STAMPED INTO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE DOG TAG IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO A SHORT LOOP OF METAL BALL CHAIN STRUNG THROUGH THE HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, ALONG WITH TWO (2) OTHER ASSOCIATED NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAGS (VIVE (5867 & 5868)) AND WHICH IS CONNECTED TO OTHER METAL BALL CHAINS BEARING THE REMAINING ASSOCIATED NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAGS (VIVE (5869 & 5970)). THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (5867 - 5870, 34838, & 35315).
Text of the stamped inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, stamped inscription] "LTC AF HART, / JOSEPH L. / DOB 11 SEP 24 / MIA 25 FEB 67 / AFTON"
Item Weight: 28.9g (Collective weight of VIVE (5866 - 5870) & ball chains)
Item Length: 2.8cm
Item Width: 5.0cm
Item Depth: 0.1cm (Thickness)