Found! My Military ID Card from 1962

by , under Huskonen/Huuskonen, Military Records

I recently was doing some sorting and disposing of boxes and clutter in the attic. I found a box of black and white negatives for photography that I took in the 1960s. I moved this collection to my craft room for sorting and curating. Will I find some negatives that are worth printing out as photos? I think so — stay tuned.

What I also found in this box is my ID card from serving in the U. S. Coast Guard beginning in January 1962. The front of the ID card is reproduced here:

Coast Guard ID photo, January 1962

Some interesting data is recorded here. For example, the card is good until 28 Sep 1969. My rank is Non-Petty Officer, which covers my actual rank of Seaman Apprentice as the card was created at the beginning of my basic training at Cape May (New Jersey) Coast Guard Training Center <>.

Note also my Service Number: 2052-558. According to several entries in, military service numbers were started in 1918 and continued through until 1974 when all branches of the military (Coast Guard, Army, Navy, and Air Force) transitioned to using Social Security Numbers as identifiers.

The back of my ID card provides more information about me:

Back of Wallace Huskonen’s Coast Guard ID card, January 1962

Here is my birthday, my weight of 184 lb (which I wish I could get back to), and my height of 70 1/2 in. Also, my hair color and eye color, and my blood type.

I had forgotten that I was fingerprinted for the ID card — that is at least the index fingers of both hands. I know that all my fingers were printed when I applied to work on the 2010 census. I wonder if the two fingerprint records were ever matched up. I would guess not.

I will store the ID card safely in my collection of military records, along with my DD214 service record, and upload the two photos to my personal gallery in my family tree on

  1. Mary Boehnlein

    Even with all of Frank’s records Veterans said he never served in regular army and would not approve a headstone. Fortunately I had his ID card which I copied and sent as all his records were burned in that fire. I also wrote the third letter with a copy to the president verifying we were stationed at Ft. Knox and Ft. Dix, where I taught school and could prove he must have been there or I surely would not have been teaching school there and noted he was there in regimental headquarters and the headstone was approved within a month and a letter thanking him for his service came from the president. One of the problems was that at that time you were not totally separated but had to serve in the inactive reserves for about 6-7 years before you received final separation so it looked like he was being separated from the reserves. People working at Veterans apparently did not know that and kept saying he served only in the inactive reserves. The final letter copied to President Trump finally got it settled. So glad we got his ID card a few years ago as he did not have his original one and that I kept all his other records.

    • whuskonen

      Wow! You had to do a lot of work, Mary.
      Maybe there is a story here for CVGS Footsteps to the Past?
      In my case, I have my DD214 Service History Form as well as the ID card.


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