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Air Force Pilot's Son Recreates Dog Tags

By Megan Esau and Nicole Kiefert

July 22, 2015 - Nestled in the Fly Market about half way down one of the aisles, visitors can find a military style truck in between the white tents. It is here that Lance Nelson punches letters into metal, turning out custom military-style dog tags.

Lance has been attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh for five years, and said he has lost count of the number of dog tags he has created for attendees over the years.

He said he got started making dog tags through his father’s influence.

My dad and I are big into military surplus things,” Lance said. “He saw someone with a machine at a military show and just pointed it out, so we thought it would be fun to create a trailer if you will.”

Since then, Lance and his dad have made three additional trailers.

Lance offers the military-style dog tags in two different styles, with raised or sunken letters.

“The original ones were sunken in, and switched (to raised letters) in I believe it’s the early ‘80s or ‘90s,” he said.

When he has a moment to get away from the trailer, Lance said he is excited to check out the rest of the AirVenture grounds with his dad, a veteran Air Force pilot who used to fly an F-4.

“My dad’s coming up on Thursday, so hopefully he’ll relieve me a bit,” Lance said. “I definitely want to see the F-22.”

Lance’s dog tags cost $6 apiece.
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