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Long-lost dog tag returned to Oklahoma World War II veteran

The dog tag was spotted last year in a rare coin store in the Solomon Islands. The owners purchased it from a Guadalcanal islander and took it home to Australia. Because of the military significance, they began searching for its rightful owner, an Oklahoman.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: February 2, 2013
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/articleid/3751224/1/pictures/1942244">Photo - Alvin Krumrey received this card, photo and the dog tag from Australia.
Alvin Krumrey received this card, photo and the dog tag from Australia.

He might have lost his dog tag while bathing in the jungle river, but he's not sure.

“I plan on putting it into a drawer and just keeping it there,” Krumrey said.

“The dog tag is in outstanding shape,” said Roy Woods, a retired U.S. Navy master chief petty officer, who helped organize the ceremony. “It has some wear and a couple of pinholes, but the lettering is clear.”

Woods said the dog tag was spotted last year in a rare coin store in the Solomon Islands.

The owners purchased it from a Guadalcanal islander and took it home to Australia, he said. Because of the military significance, they began searching for its rightful owner, Woods said.

A Florida military historian discovered Krumrey had enlisted in Tulsa and after several phone calls, the tag was on its way to Krumrey, he said.

“He was choked up during the ceremony,” Woods said. “His family was so proud of him. He is very sharp and witty and has a good memory.”


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