WWII Army Dog Tag Returned to Victoria Family
“I bet he had no idea when he lost his tags what this would mean 70 years later.” For 57 year old Victoria resident, Tommy Davis, it was an emotional moment when a long lost dog tag belonging to his uncle was returned to his family. “I still can’t believe that something so small, represents so much,” Davis says. His uncle, who he was named after, was private first class Thomas E. Davis. He was an American soldier that was killed in WWII.
It was a moment of closure Tommy says he will never forget. “I was just so shocked that something could last 70 years. I mean 70 years on a farm,” he says. Two members of a Japanese group that searches for the remains of missing soldiers came to Victoria to deliver the dog tag.
Tommy’s aunt, Hazel Priest, says a cultural historian by the name of Genevieve Cabrera found the tag in 2014 on Saipan, where her brother served in the army.
“I didn’t think this would ever happen because I didn’t think anything about his dog tags being found,” Priest says. Tommy says he still can’t find the words to thank those who made this day possible. “It just amazes me that people would have the fortitude and the honor to bring back a small piece of metal, and give it back to us,” Tommy says.