The dog tag, bearing the name of U.S. Army Pvt. William Bernice Clark, was lost on Omaha beach when Clark was killed during the first wave of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, the Jackson, Tenn., Sun reported Thursday.
Ava and Lloyd Smothers, Clark's cousins, were presented with the dog tag by an official with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation during a ceremony Wednesday marking the 63rd anniversary of the Western Allied invasion.
The dog tag was discovered by an Englishman on Omaha Beach in 2002. A New Jersey collector eventually gained custody of the item until it was given to the D-Day Memorial Foundation in Bedford, Va., which presented the item to Clark's family.
"It's just a very thrilling experience," Ava Smothers said. "Well, it's something that happens just once in a lifetime. I just couldn't believe it was actually happening."