Firefighter’s WWII Dog Tag Lost on D-Day Beach Returned

Fire Chief Ernie Mitchell and the widow of World War II Veteran and Retired Indianapolis (IN) Firefighter James W Wallace.

Fire Chief Ernie Mitchell and the widow of World War II Veteran and Retired Indianapolis (IN) Firefighter James W Wallace.

 

A World War II dog tag buried on D-Day’s Utah Beach in Normandy for 70 years has been returned to the widow of the soldier who lost it, reports Fox News (http://fxn.ws/18sILzc)

Army Sgt. James Wallace of Indiana survived the war but died in 1997 never knowing what happened to the lost tag.

Sgt. Wallace had the tag on when he landed on Utah Beach as part of the D-Day invasion. Wallace, awarded two Bronze Stars during the war, lost it soon after that.

This past summer Frenchman Francois Blaizot found the tag as he scoured Utah Beach with a metal detector and then mailed it to the U.S.

Cory Goodwin, a volunteer with the Grant County Veterans Affairs Office in Indiana, presented it to the widow.

Wallace joined the Army in 1943 and served for two years, the Indianapolis Star reported. He was a member of the Indianapolis Fire Department for 21 years.

Blaizot returned the dog tag with a small bag of sand from Utah Beach where he found it.

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