facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Dog tags returned to veteran 69 years later

May 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM   |   Comments

NEWARK, N.J., May 9 (UPI) -- A ceremony in New Jersey saw a man reunited with the dog tags he lost in France during World War II 69 years ago.

Willie Wilkins, 90, was the guest of honor at Wednesday's ceremony in Newark to celebrate the 68th anniversary of V-E Day, the day Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies, and he was presented with his dog tags and the state of New Jersey's Meritorious Service medal, the Newark Patch reported Thursday.

Wilkins lost his dog tags while serving in France 69 years ago and they were found 12 years ago by Anne-Marie Crespo while she was tending to her garden in Istres, France.

"This is a wonderful story that completes a circle that began with a Newark native's service to our country in history's greatest war. We are honored by Willie Wilkins, and it is truly appropriate to help return these artifacts to him and to recognize him today, on the anniversary of the final defeat of Adolf Hitler," Newark Mayor Cory Booker said.

Wilkins' daughter, Carol, accompanied him to the ceremony.

"I haven't known such joy in my heart since my mother died in 2007," Carol Wilkins said. "When I got the call from the Veterans' Administration that they had found Daddy's dog tags, we were so happy. I want to thank the mayor and everyone involved for returning these tags."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Kansas dubs October 'Zombie Preparedness Month' Kansas dubs October 'Zombie Preparedness Month'
2
Japan police visit owners of upskirt camera shoes Japan police visit owners of upskirt camera shoes
3
Porn star: Sex toy shot off sparks during scene Porn star: Sex toy shot off sparks during scene
4
Wisconsin man suffers 100 orgasms per day Wisconsin man suffers 100 orgasms per day
5
Video: iPhone 6 Plus meets 50-caliber bullet in slo-motion Video: iPhone 6 Plus meets 50-caliber bullet in slo-motion
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback