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A 33-year-old French historian has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing hundreds of dog tags belonging to U.S. service members killed during World War II from the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, with the intent of selling them on Ebay.

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A Brief History Of The Dog Tag

History
AP photo by David Goldman

During the Civil War, the inability of the military to identify battlefield casualties created the need for a soldier identification method.

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