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Old 07-19-2015, 05:50 PM
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There were 65,000 US troops posted here in my part of the world from 1943 until end of war before they went island hopping in the Pacific campaign.

Friend of mine has found a dogtag belonging to one of them. He survived the war.

I've managed to trace him back to Bedford Indiana (birthplace) where he passed away in 1973 or 1978. Hard to read inscription.

His wife passed away in 1980.

I seem to have hit a wall with finding descendants who may like to have their father's dogtag.

Everywhere I turn I seem to run up against pay-for-info sites like Ancestry.com

Any ideas on another method of finding descendants?
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Old 07-19-2015, 05:51 PM
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Maybe post name on Facebook? I live a few counties away from Bedford,IN.
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Old 07-19-2015, 06:38 PM
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Happy to do that but would like to give it to descendants. I think it unlikely that they'll refuse it.

It was found about 2 months ago after heavy rain uncovered it near the non-denominational chapel out in the bush that the troops built here. Services are held in it each July closest to 4th for relatives and locals.

http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au...-chap/2694672/

Its a special place in this community and the US servicemen who came here are special as well.

so we'd like the descendants to have it.
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PM me the info and I'll go to www.whitepages.com and elsewhere and start making phone calls.
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Happy to do that but would like to give it to descendants. I think it unlikely that they'll refuse it.

It was found about 2 months ago after heavy rain uncovered it near the non-denominational chapel out in the bush that the troops built here. Services are held in it each July closest to 4th for relatives and locals.

http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au...-chap/2694672/

Its a special place in this community and the US servicemen who came here are special as well.

so we'd like the descendants to have it.

Thank you and your fellow countrymen very much for paying this honor to our servicemen. We Americans well remember and appreciate how our Aurstralian friends have fought and sacrificed along side us all these years through so many conflicts.

Hopefully you can locate the family -- no doubt they would be thrilled to receive those tags.
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Nice going Aussie!

My dad was stationed in New Guinea during the war and went through some hellish events there.

I hope you find the family of the Vet. My gratitude to you for pursuing it. Your Karma has jumped a lot.
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There is an organization having to do with and possibly even named "sons (&daughters)" of Pearl Harbor survivors. They might be a resource for you.
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Being a veteran..I appreciate the thought behind this post...

Thank you.
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:29 AM
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by mitch12 View Post
Happy to do that but would like to give it to descendants. I think it unlikely that they'll refuse it.

It was found about 2 months ago after heavy rain uncovered it near the non-denominational chapel out in the bush that the troops built here. Services are held in it each July closest to 4th for relatives and locals.

http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au...-chap/2694672/

Its a special place in this community and the US servicemen who came here are special as well.

so we'd like the descendants to have it.
That is awesome that you remember and care. What a wonderful thing you are doing. Thank you from a grateful American (Son of a Vet that served in Korea)
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I have been finding the individuals in my Dad's WWII photo albums by googling up the name and then obituary.
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Try contacting the Department of Veteran Affairs they may have a NOK on file
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Interesting thread, I just found an old b/w photo taken by my uncle of a fresh grave in a military graveyard with the name legible, dod in 1943. Africa is my guess(tropical & sandy, exact date will narrow this down), uncle did the africa/sicily/Italy tour, died in 1954. Would love to forward it to a relative of the deceased. MDhunter's, Hagar's ideas sounds like a way to start.
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Well, a happy ending.

I found a website and an email address for US dog-tags.
http://www.ww2tags.org/ run by Francesca Cumero.

email address is dogtag73@gmail.com

Francesca located surviving relatives in no time.

There don't appear to have been any children from the marriage so we have the contact details for indirect relatives ( niece/grand-nephew etc).

If they're not willing to accept it then we'll have the tag mounted in a little secure glass front cabinet for display within the chapel itself. Being found at the chapel, he may have been involved in its construction.

Anyway, it'll become a symbol of the human faces involved in the project all those years ago.

Thanks to Cedarholm for his efforts.

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Great work Mitch.
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Well done, Mitch! Thank you again for making this effort. If you think of it, please send us another update as to the final outcome. And if you have a link or other info about the chapel, I'm sure many of us would be interested to learn more.
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Originally Posted by mitch12 View Post
There were 65,000 US troops posted here in my part of the world from 1943 until end of war before they went island hopping in the Pacific campaign.

Friend of mine has found a dogtag belonging to one of them. He survived the war.

I've managed to trace him back to Bedford Indiana (birthplace) where he passed away in 1973 or 1978. Hard to read inscription.

His wife passed away in 1980.

I seem to have hit a wall with finding descendants who may like to have their father's dogtag.

Everywhere I turn I seem to run up against pay-for-info sites like Ancestry.com

Any ideas on another method of finding descendants?
You Sir, are a class act. Thank you for understanding the importance that that tag bears for someone, and for making an effort to find the rightful owner. I hope you find them! Thanks again!
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Thank You
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Awesome job, also saw a news report last night of a guy that goes and cleans tombstones of fallen soldiers and veterans; kudos to him as well.
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