INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A 92-year-old World War II veteran says he fell on his knees and cried after a treasured keepsake from his time in the military service was returned to him.
After nearly 70 years, his lost dog tags were mysteriously returned to him.
Hugs replaced tears when the vet, Jahue Mundy, met the couple who found the dog tags.
"I felt like I was picking up an old jewel. I fell out and cried when she called me. I just had to sit down and cry," said Mundy. "I said that is it. Then I just fell on my knees and cried. Thank the Lord that I got it."
They dug them up while gardening in a backyard in Indiana, but how they got to the Hoosier state is still a mystery.
Mundy served four years in the Marine core as a demolition man. He served in Japan and then went on to China.
"I lost them some place in China. I had been sending silk to my wife. I can't think of anything else," said Mundy.
But now, 67 years later they were found.
The metal tag, carrying Mundy's military identification information, is so old it’s hard to read.
Mundy also earned a Purple Heart during his time in service that his son, Mike, keeps it at his home.
“I don’t want to lose it again,” he said laughing. “I figured that would be the best place for them right now. My wife died and I am single. And I am not a very good housekeeper. I will leave them here with my son. I leave most of my relics from the Marine Corps here with my son.”
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