Card, Identification, Medical ID, 2nd Type + Documents
Scarce genuine WWII US War Departement ID card intended for medical personnel; this is the plasticised type, introduced in 1944 to supersede the previous cardboard type. Adopted in 1942, this identification card was to be issued in accordance with instructions of the 1929 Geneva Convention, which required that protected military and civilian personnel should carry an official document to be recognized as non-fighting personnel.
Delivered on April 3, 1945, the present ID belonged to Technician 4th Grade Frank Thomas Hale, service number 36966698, born on November 5, 1911 in Chicago, Illinois. Various personal documents come along with this card: his Soldier's Individual Pay Record issued in January 1945, three V-Mail type letters sent to his spouse in 1945 (each one retaining its envelope), as well as an original group photograph taken on training at Fort Sheridan and on the reverse of which appear a few handwritten words.
You might also like