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More than 70 years after his death in World War II, the rare dog tag of an American hero will finally be returned to his family.

A historian has found Thomas Davis’ ID in a field in Saipan, the Pacific Island where the Army soldier fought in 1944.

 

Davis earned the Silver Star that year for risking his life to save a wounded comrade, “at a time when the American front was undergoing brutal Japanese artillery and mortar fire,” according to wartime records.

The following year, he was shot and killed by a Japanese sniper – again while helping a wounded soldier.

Davis’ dog tag will now be returned to his family in Ohio, including a nephew who was named after him.


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