December 30th, 2014

Gentle Rose

Did WWII service numbers change upon promotion from an Enlisted Soldier to Officer?

I have a lot of information on what service numbers looked like if a solider enlisted or was drafted into the US Army in WWII, and what officer ASNs were like. But, what if a soldier enlisted (joining the army as a Private), and then was promoted to an officer later on?

I have a soldier from New York (Steve Rogers, MCU) who voluntarily enlisted as a private. After a series of bullshit politics and shenanigans, he was promoted straight to Captain (which I know is impossible, but it's canon and there were Senators pulling strings involved, so...*handwaves that bit*). Seeing as the official dog tags provided by Marvel are complete nonsense, I'm trying to figure out what his service number would actually be.

He's enlisted in late 1942/early 1943 (official canon is mid-1943, but timeline makes more sense if it's just a few months earlier in late 1942). Since he enlisted voluntarily in New York, his service number would start with a 12*. My question is, what would change once he became an officer?

Would a 0 just be attached to the existing service number? Would the 12 be dropped, and the 0 added to the front of the remaining number? Would the number stay the same completely? Or would he just get a new number altogether? I've been looking around everywhere for this, and I can't find anything on the impact of noncom-to-officer promotions on service numbers. (Unless I'm misunderstanding the ASN/rank structure or promotion process entirely?)

* = As I understand it, the six digits after the two-digit geographic-induction code were just a random personal identifier - but was there some kind of system to how the numbers were assigned, i.e. date of enlistment/draft, SSN, etc.?
John Locke

Plants growing in fallow fields in coastal SC

This probably sounds like a strange question to ask, but I need to know some of the plants that commonly grow in fallow / abandoned fields in farms near the coastal / lowcountry region of South Carolina. (In case it's necessary, the story takes place today, about 20 miles north of Charleston) I've tried Googling for this extensively, as well as searching academic sites such as JSTOR, but nothing helpful has turned up. ("plants that grow in fallow fields in south carolina", "fallow fields south carolina", "weeds farm fields south carolina", etc. )

If you don't know specific plants to give me, I'd really appreciate resources that might help with this line of questioning as well. Thanks so much!