Skip to comments.British gardener finds dog tags of Michigan D-Day hero while digging in his Wales flower bed
Posted on 06/16/2014 1:45:53 AM PDT by PoloSec
Full Title: British gardener finds dog tags of Michigan D-Day hero while digging in his Wales flower bed 70 Years after battle!////
The 70th anniversary of the most momentous American World War II assault D-Day was just held recently. Yet according to the Daily Mail, one American hero who was part of the deadly Normandy Beach landing party army dog tags had been thought to have been lost long forgotten by his family in Detroit, Michigan. But thanks to a gardener in South, Wales he came cross Pvt Thurmond Carethers missing dog tags.
Barrie Jones had been working in his backyard garden in Swansea, when he came across half buried dog tags of Pvt Thurmond Carethers from Detroit. As he held the dog tags he wondered how they could have possibly ended up in his garden so many years and certainly so many miles away from the battlefield of World War II.
What he did next was certainly heartwarming. He decided to make an earnest attempt to track down the family of the World War II soldier in order to return the missing dog tags. With a bit of luck and tenacity Jones was able to use online records and tracked down Pvt Carethers daughter who still resided in Michigan, reported the Daily Mail.
Joy is totally inadequate to describe the feelings; Maurine Carethers-Tate of River Rouge, Michigan felt when she tearfully received a letter from Jones concerning the mystery of her dads lost dog tags.
Carethers like many Americans signed up to join the fight after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Yet, like most soldiers he shared very little about his war experiences. She remembered him saying, He did what he had to do. He was trying to get back home to marry my mother, according to the Daily Mail.
Now 30 years after the Detroit area veterans death from cancer his family has been reunited with a piece of history which can now bring closure to that chapter of his life.
Pvt Thurmond Carethers
Barrie Jones did a good deed.
He sure looks like a corporal in that picture. I wonder if older vintage dog tags had rank on them, and he discarded his older ones when he made corporal?
I think the “T” indicates that his rank is associated with some skill rather than leadership. During WW-II they were like the current Spec-5 vs. Buck Sgt., someone whose rank did not denote command.