Dogtag machine

BREVARD — See a working dog tag machine from WWII, the newest addition to the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas in Brevard.

The museum houses a large collection of military artifacts, uniforms, weaponry, original newspapers, personal letters and more, from WWI to the Cold War to the 21st century war on terror. The collection includes a WWI-era organ for holding religious services in the field, a realistic representation of jungle outpost in Vietnam, and a new Merchant Marine exhibit.

Dog tags were first created by the Department of Defense in 1906 to identify a body or remains. Initially, dog tags were stamped (mostly by hand) with just the soldier’s name and serial number.

On the eve of WWII, a new dog tags was launched, using a machine-embossed method that could transfer information from the tags to paper records using carbon pages. The size and shape of the new dog tags could hold much more information than the previous styles, including next of kin, blood type, health condition and religion, if the soldier wanted such. 

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. Located at 21 E. Main St., Brevard. 828-884-2121 or visit