Fallen US WWII hero's Army dog tag found

Posted at 4:10 PM, Feb 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-21 16:11:21-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A World War II dog tag belonging to an American soldier has been found on a Pacific island where he earned a medal for bravery a year before being killed in one of the war's final, major battles.

A historian on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands tells The Associated Press that she found Pfc. Thomas E. Davis' Army dog tag in a farm field in early 2014.

Genevieve Cabrera says arrangements are being made to have the tag delivered to his family in the U.S. Davis was from Roachdale, Indiana, where his body is buried.

Davis served in the 27th Infantry Division, a New York National Guard unit. After the 1944 Battle of Saipan, he was awarded the Silver Star, one of the military's highest honors. Davis died in April 1945 on Okinawa.