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Dog tag lost in World War I returned to soldier's son
reuters via Yahoo ^ | Jan 13, 2012 | Kevin Murphy

Posted on 01/13/2012 7:12:54 AM PST by Daffynition

KANSAS CITY, MO (Reuters) - Somehow, maybe in a struggle to remove his helmet, Kent Potter lost his dog tag on a French battlefield in World War I.

Private Potter, who worked on an Army supply train that consisted mostly of mules and horses, survived the war and returned home to Kansas without the tag, which remained buried for more than 90 years.

At a ceremony hosted in the small town of Cottonwood Falls on Thursday, however, the worn, round metal tag finally landed back with the Potter family thanks to the efforts of two Frenchmen.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: cottonwoodfalls; france; godsgravesglyphs; kansas; kentpotter; thegreatwar; war2endallwars

1 posted on 01/13/2012 7:12:56 AM PST by Daffynition
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2 posted on 01/13/2012 7:15:23 AM PST by Daffynition (*Pray for whatever passes for America these days* Amen. ~ ScottinVA)
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To: Daffynition

Wonderful, feel good story, Daffy! I am sure his son will treasure this and the two French people showed great compassion and good hearts. Bravo!


3 posted on 01/13/2012 7:20:36 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

I wish I could find the records of my great uncle, who was killed in France, September 1918.
The fire in St. Louis in 1973 destroyed a huge percentage of the records of the first world war.......


4 posted on 01/13/2012 7:27:48 AM PST by 9422WMR
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To: 9422WMR

Medals and records have such meaning for families. I have no idea what happened to my Dad’s two Purple Hearts and some other medals. Very sad too because his grandchildren would have simply treasured them and passed them down the line.


5 posted on 01/13/2012 7:30:48 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

You can go to the DOD and request the data. Also they may issue replacement medals and paperwork.
Good Luck


6 posted on 01/13/2012 7:34:30 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: momtothree

Right now I’m looking at a photo of my grandfather, in his doughboy uniform, seated on a sorry-looking horse. He was 15 when he enlisted (lied about his age), and when he was shipped to France, his superior officers insisted he be placed behind the lines with the horses and mules. I wish we still had his dog tags. He died at the age of 82.


7 posted on 01/13/2012 7:40:18 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: Yorlik803

I had no idea you could do that. Thank you, Yorlik803! Even if there is a chance of a replacement... it would be great. You’re a doll!


8 posted on 01/13/2012 7:42:31 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Daffynition

Great story.
There are still citizens of France who remember...


9 posted on 01/13/2012 7:42:31 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Gimme that old time fossil fuel.)
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To: miss marmelstein

Fifteen... he was a very special and brave man. He was just a kid and enlisted to do a man’s job. Bless him.


10 posted on 01/13/2012 7:44:28 AM PST by momtothree
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11 posted on 01/13/2012 7:45:05 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: momtothree

Thanks! I think he was unhappy at home and he was a rough and tough Brooklyn boy who later went on to have a smalltime boxing career. Boys were men in those days!


12 posted on 01/13/2012 7:47:34 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: momtothree

You can get them replaced. In the 80s my mother replaced all of my father’s lost WWII medals. He was annoyed with her - he hated the army, lol!!!


13 posted on 01/13/2012 7:49:24 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein

Good for your MOM! Granted, the medals are given to the individual BUT future generations would love to keep them for memories. I know I would and so would my kids. Thanks, Miss Marmelstein!


14 posted on 01/13/2012 7:51:39 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

Well done!

When I was in Paris a few years ago, an old lady came up to me on the street, no doubt after hearing me speak bad French to a street vendor, and thanked me for being an American. She said to me, “Merci, Thank you, American, World War 2, merci, merci, thank you”.
I said to her, “Lafayette, Revolution, merci, thank you!” we both laughed, said “au revoir, goodbye” etc.

Best part of the trip.


15 posted on 01/13/2012 7:56:06 AM PST by Radagast the Fool ("Be Brave! Be Brave! Be Brave!" -"War Horse")
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To: miss marmelstein

My doughboy grandfather was with the 7th ID over there. I looked it up by the insignia on his helmet. I used to have his uniform as well, but it got lost in moves over the years.


16 posted on 01/13/2012 7:59:42 AM PST by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: momtothree

Here is the link to get replacement medals for veterans and families:
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/


17 posted on 01/13/2012 8:02:37 AM PST by 9422WMR
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To: Radagast the Fool

That is good to know.

I have heard comments from young people so patheticlly misguided they think that the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima were war crimes.


18 posted on 01/13/2012 8:03:22 AM PST by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: Radagast the Fool

That is a wonderful story! “Lafayette, Revolution, merci, thank you!” ... what a wonderful way to thank her back.


19 posted on 01/13/2012 8:04:12 AM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

I was working on an airport project back in 2001 that required the irrigation canal at the end of the runway be rerouted. After the water was drained and the contractor was working in the 4 foot of muck, we discovered parts (engine cowling and landing gear) of a jet fighter that had crashed in the early 60’s while attempting to land and killed the pilot.

A few weeks later the Cultural Resource Specialist from the local indian tribe discovered the pilots wallet while sifting through the waste piles of muck. All work was stopped and Air Force personnel showed up with a hearse and honor guard to pick up the wallet. They returned it to the pilots family back in Wisconsin.


20 posted on 01/13/2012 8:06:05 AM PST by shotgun
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To: 9422WMR

Thank you so much, 9422WMR. I bookmarked it and will start the procedure this weekend. HUGS to you!


21 posted on 01/13/2012 8:12:15 AM PST by momtothree
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To: 9422WMR

Thank you so much, 9422WMR. I bookmarked it and will start the procedure this weekend. HUGS to you!


22 posted on 01/13/2012 8:12:25 AM PST by momtothree
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To: shotgun

I am very impressed and pleased that such honor was given to the remains... even if it was a wallet. It was priceless to the family.


23 posted on 01/13/2012 8:15:24 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; momtothree
The Merci Train


24 posted on 01/13/2012 8:18:27 AM PST by Daffynition (*Pray for whatever passes for America these days* Amen. ~ ScottinVA)
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Greeted by waves of Air Force planes, fireboats with columns of spraying water, and a flotilla of small boats, the ship Magellan, with the message on its hull, Merci, America, docked at Weehawken, New Jersey. President Truman had signed into law a special resolution permitting the train and its cargo to enter the United States duty free. Since the wheels on the French train were eight inches wider than American rails, the 40 ET 8s were transported on flatcars for their journey across the United States.

In the next several weeks, each state held parades and ceremonies welcoming a French representative and their designated boxcar.

25 posted on 01/13/2012 8:20:52 AM PST by Daffynition (*Pray for whatever passes for America these days* Amen. ~ ScottinVA)
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To: Daffynition; SunkenCiv

SunkenCiv,over here.


26 posted on 01/13/2012 8:26:19 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: momtothree

Not A problem. If you have trouble, also try the VA...and last resort contact your Senator.
Good luck again....keep me updated.


27 posted on 01/13/2012 8:27:47 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Daffynition

I have my dad’s WWII dog tag, on display next to my own.


28 posted on 01/13/2012 9:02:31 AM PST by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


29 posted on 01/13/2012 9:10:21 AM PST by nutmeg
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To: Daffynition

bump


30 posted on 01/13/2012 9:28:45 AM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: momtothree

You know, it’s funny, I had always heard that Parisians were very rude to tourists-and yet my experience was just the opposite. Everyone, every where was great-they gave me directions, showed me how to use the automated metro/rail pass kiosks, helped me with my bad French and made sure they got help with their bad English!
I did find the BEST people to ask for directions were teenagers-most of them speak pretty decent English. The hardest thing about that, though, was that they were pretty hard to distinguish from American teenagers, ie., they all had a cellphone in one hand and an i-pod-type thing in the other!


31 posted on 01/13/2012 9:30:46 AM PST by Radagast the Fool ("Be Brave! Be Brave! Be Brave!" -"War Horse")
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To: 9422WMR

Thanks for the link.


32 posted on 01/13/2012 10:38:04 AM PST by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: 9422WMR; Clive
The Canadians have great resources for WW1, thanks Clive, I am still looking for a pic of my mothers father in kilts, Canadian Black Watch, the rangy, bone thin, Northern Irish look.
33 posted on 01/13/2012 10:49:05 AM PST by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: Radagast the Fool

When I visited France for the first time in 2002, my brother and our wives traveled to the American cemetary at Belleau Wood, site of a Marine battle against the Germans in June (I think), 1918. About 4000-5000 Americans are buried there. I have a great-uncle who died in that battle and is buried at Belleau Wood.

My brother and I wanted to do a charcoal tracing of his grave marker. While we were doing this, three French groundskeepers were mowing the grass nearby. When they saw what we were doing, they stopped, shut off the mowers, and all held their hats over their hearts until we were done.

This was just months after 9/11. When I entered France I was all prepared to hate the French. I found that I could not do it.


34 posted on 01/13/2012 10:59:13 AM PST by LifePath
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To: 9422WMR

ping for later


35 posted on 01/13/2012 11:10:18 AM PST by packrat35 (When will we admit we are know almost a police state?)
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To: LifePath

Nice story! I’m glad you were able to visit the American cemetery, and made a tracing of your great-uncle’s grave stone. Such a wonderful thing to be able to do. I’m sure you treasure it. God Bless him, as well as those groundskeepers—and you, too!!

I’ve often thought there’s such a history of goodness between us and the French, from Lafayette helping us during our Revolution and France’s magnificent gift of the Statue of Liberty, to our sacrifices there in WWI and II. Sure, the French leaders do crappy things sometimes, just like ours do, but there’s something else going on between our two peoples, at a deeper level. I don’t know what it is-but there’s goodness there.


36 posted on 01/13/2012 3:57:12 PM PST by Radagast the Fool ("Be Brave! Be Brave! Be Brave!" -"War Horse")
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To: Radagast the Fool; LifePath

Great stories, thanks to you both.


37 posted on 01/13/2012 4:18:15 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: exit82; Cincinna

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks exit82.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


38 posted on 01/13/2012 7:18:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!)
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