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Dog Tag Report 09/18/2004
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Let us (Kobie and I) tell you a little story that
happened to us this weekend.
Kobie and I were set up at a gun show (in Mesquite,
TX) selling dog tags and can openers at our
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A man walked by with a set of dog
tags. The man showed them to Kobie and I and
tried to sell them to us. Now we don't
normally purchase pre-printed dog tags but . . .
There was something interesting about these
What was interesting about these dog tags was they
were actual WWII and Korean issue dog tags.
WWII and Korean? Yes, there were a total of 4
identification tags. Two from WWII and two
How did we know they were actual dog tags and not
In WWII if they had enough room they would put your
"next of kin" on the dog tags. The condition
and patina of these dog tags was the second
indicator as they were worn and appeared to have the
wear of 60+ years that could not be duplicated.
But the #1 reason we knew these tags were originals
and not reproduction was the address on the dog tags
for the "next of kin." It was in Dallas, Texas -
more specifically it was in University Park.
This particular set of dog tags read
LARUANCE S. RENNEY
18216375 T43 - 44 B
DALLAS, TEX P
LARUANCE S. RENNEY - The man's name
"18216375" - this was Mr. Renney's issued military
"T43-44" - this is when Mr. Renney received his
"B" - was his blood type
ELISE RENNEY - this was Laruance's mother
4135 GLENWICK, DALLAS, TEX was Mr. Renney's mother's
address in University Park, TX
"P" - Mr. Renney as Prodestant.
RENNEY, LAURANCE S.
RENNEY, LAURANCE S. - Mr. Renney's name correct
format for the Korean War.
AF18216375 - "AF" meant he served in the United
States Air Force, "18216375" was Mr. Renney's
military serial number.
"T50" - Mr. Renney received a Tetnas shot in 1950,
"B" - Mr. Renney's blood type was B
"P" - Mr. Renney was a Prodestant
We asked the man selling the dog
tags - "did it ever occur to you to get the white
pages or use the Internet to look and see if this
man or his family was still around or still in the
Dallas area? They might want to have these dog tags
The seller told us, "They can have them if they want
to buy them!"
When asked where he got them, the man said that he
had come by the dog tags when he bought a box of
junk some years ago.
This was just wrong - totally wrong . . . so Kobie
took the money out of the register and bought them
from the man.
We really did not have the extra funds to buy the
tags, but Kobie said he felt it was wrong to sell
them so we agreed to buy them and get them off the
15 minutes on the Internet searching the Dallas
County Appraisal District records, a Dallas area map
and the Dallas White Pages was all Kobie and I
needed to locate the man's surviving family.
The house on Glenwick is in University Park, it is
still there. The Renney family sold that house in
the mid 1950's and moved to Garland, TX., and still
maintains property there.
Mr. Renney served in WWII with the Army Air Corps.,
then in Korea with the United States Air Force.
Mr. Laurance S. Renney is now departed, he passed in
early 2004. He survived his wife and had no
children. There are other kin folks that have
expressed an interest in having the dog tags back.
Guess what - the tags will be on their way to the
family later this week. Mr. Renny though no longer
with us still has a cousin that is living.
Insites into the man - Mr. Renney:
May 5, 1952
Funeral services for James P. Renney, Dallas
resident for fifty years and operator of an
independent nursery and landscaping business, will
be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Weiland-Merritt
Funeral Chapel, 2909 Live Oak.
The Rev. Fisk Ray, assistant pastor of Park Cities
Baptist Church, will conduct the services. Burial
will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Renney died unexpectedly of a heart attack Saturday
at his home, 4135 Glenwick Lane. Renney, native of
Terrell, was sixty-nine last Tuesday.
Renney was employed for several years as a salesman
for Huey & Philp Hardware Company and for Arthur A.
Everts Jewelry Company. From 1925 until 1933 he was
secretary and treasurer of the Laundry Board of
Trade of Dallas. During World War II he worked in
the parts department at Southwest Airmotive Company.
Renney is survived by his wife, Elise Renney and one
son, Master Sgt. Laurance Renney, Donaldson Air
Force Base, Greenville, S.C.
Mr. Renney's Mother.
October 02, 1968
Mrs. Elsie C. Renney
Funeral services for Mrs. Elise C. Renney, 73, of
202 E. Chico, Garland, a former Dallas resident,
will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Weiland-Merritt
Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial
Mrs. Renney died in Garland Monday.
A native of Vadalia, LA., she had been a Garland
resident for the last 10 years.
She is survived by a son, Laurance S. Renney of
Morning News Article
"23 promoted at Love Field"
February 07, 1943
Four Dallas commissioned
officer and nineteen enlisted men were included in a
list of promotions posted Saturday by Col. Thomas D.
Ferguson, commanding the Fifth Ferrying Group, Love
Promotions in noncommissioned grades were: To
corporal, Laurance S. Renney.
the Dallas Morning News April 30, 1947
To The News:
Regarding a letter from Mr. A. F. Marlowe, a
streetcar operator, protesting the recklessness of
motorists, I will make Mr. Marlowe a deal: Let him
turn in the license numbers of the autos zooming
past stopped streetcars and I'll turn in the numbers
of the streetcars which run red lights after the
lights have definitely turned red against them. I've
got a perfect corner to start with - Hillcrest and
Laurance S. Renney
4135 Glenwick Lane, Dallas 15.
article about Mr. Renney and Photograph of him.
April 30, 1948
To review the Story and photograph
click on the thumbnail to the left. Photo is
hard to see we hope to update this with a better
copy at a later date.
Article is from the Dallas Morning
Here is an article in which Mr.
Renney expressed his thoughts about the giant hole
at Cole and Lemmon in Dallas, TX.
In January 1987 the Dallas
Morning News ran a contest asking for suggestions on
what to do with the Giant 90' deep hole located at
Cole and Lemmon Ave. This hole was the result of a
defunct building project that never got completed.
The hole was an eye sore and had filled with water
making it a public hazard. Many people chimed in
with suggestions as well as Mr. Renney. Here is what
Mr. Renney had to say.
As for the "Hole at Cole," I propose a street level
park, covering a underground mall. There was a
photograph of Mr. Cole illustrating his suggestion.
Kobie and I were not able to obtain a clean copy of
Here is what Mr. Renney had to
say in a letter to the Dallas Morning News about the
Dallas Technical High School.
My wife Margaret and I went to Crozier Tech and
graduated in the 1930s.The name of the school at
that time was Dallas Technical High School, and it
was called "Tech High" by the students. We wonder if
anyone else remembers this: Tech Wolves football
team or the Technocrat, the school newspaper?
Your Monday editorial, "Crozier Tech - City should
save old Dallas High School," has brought on this
note just to let you know that there are still a few
of us around who remember "Tech" as being more than
just a piece of real estate that may make someone a
buck or two.
Laurance S. Renney, Garland
May 25, 2003
Renney survived his wife Margaret, here is her
Renney, MARGARET FRANCES. Born November 14, 1915,
passed away October 8, 2003. She made a career of
the insurance business. Margaret married Laurance S.
Renney in 1957. Survived by husband; two sisters,
Mary Edwards and Florence Evans; 2 nieces and 2
nephews. Graveside services will be held, 11:00 AM,
Saturday, October 11, 2003, Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Dignity Memorial Sparkman Hillcrest 7405 W.
Northwest Hwy. Dallas (214) 363-5401
Mr. Renney passed on June 29, 2004.
LAURANCE SAMUEL "Jinx" RENNEY was born in Dallas,
Texas on February 13, 1920 and died after a brief
illness on June 29, 2004 at the age of 84. Known as
"Jinx," the lifelong nickname given to him by his
father because he was born on Friday the 13th, he
served in the Air Force during World War II and the
Korean War. Following the end of his military
career, Jinx married Margaret Frances Hughes in
1957. He was an enthusiast for trains and a
self-taught expert on classic American films of the
1930's, 40's, and 50's. More recently, he had
written his memoirs, focusing on his military
service in World War II and the Korean War. Jinx was
preceded in death by his beloved wife of 46 years,
Margie, and is survived by his cousin, Mary Jane
James and her husband Jack James, his
sisters-in-law, Mary E. Edwards and Florence J.
Evans, assorted nieces, nephews and family members.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home
on Thursday, July 1 from 6-8 p.m. Graveside services
will be held Friday, July 2 at 3:00 p.m. at
Hillcrest Memorial Park. Dignity Memorial Sparkman
Hillcrest 7405 W. Northwest Hwy. Dallas (214)
Kobie and I feel that we would have
loved to have actually known this man. The
stories he could have told would be treasures
themselves not to mention the insight, philosophy
and wisdom Mr. Renney might have been able to offer.
Kobie and I both love trains and Mr. Renney appears
to have lived a rich and full life. Most off
all we would have liked to have been able thank Mr.
Renney for his dedicated and selfless service to our
country by serving in two wars to help preserve our
freedom. Mr. Renney will be sadly missed.
We thought this was interesting and
that you might enjoy hearing about our findings.
It is amazing that we were able to gather all this
information by purchasing some dog tags to keep them
from being sold and traded in hopes of returning
them to their rightful owner.
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