Identity theft and identity fraud have become a modern day crime wave.
“But he that filches from me my good name/Robs me of that which not enriches him/And makes me poor indeed.”
– Shakespeare, Othello, act iii. Sc. 3.
Everything the United States government owns has its own identity tag somewhere on that piece of property. When a young man or young woman enlists into the US military service, they are issued identity tags. People received the same tags in the good old days when there was a military draft. These identity tags were called dog tags and they were supposed to be worn on a chain around the person’s neck at all times. They had become government property when they swore their allegiance to serving their country.
There were two identity tags issued to each person. If something happened to that person in a far-off land and the body had to be left there, one of the dog tags was wedged between two of the person’s teeth and it was left there with the body until it could be recovered. The dog tag had a notch in it for that purpose. The other tag would have been returned with the location of where that person’s life ended and what the location of the body was. The following information about identity tags is from Wikipedia.com.
“Dog tags” is an informal term for the identification tags worn by military personnel, because of their resemblance to animal registration tags. The tags are primarily used for the identification of dead and wounded soldiers; they have personal info about the soldiers and convey essential basic medical information, such as blood type and history of inoculations. The tags often indicate religious preference as well. Dog tags are usually fabricated from a corrosion-resistant metal. They commonly contain two copies of the information, either in the form of a single tag that can be broken in half or two identical tags on the same chain. This duplication allows one tag (or half-tag) to be collected from a soldier’s body for notification and the second to remain with the corpse when battle conditions prevent it from being immediately recovered.”