Long-Lost Dog Tags Returned To Conn. Veteran

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut veteran has gotten his U.S. Marines dog tags back, almost 50 years after losing them on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Richard Ward, who’s now a University of New Haven dean, lost them during military exercises in spring 1961 while training in support of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.

Relatives of Ann Tuttle of Oklahoma recently found the tags after spotting them tangled in a fallen palm tree’s roots while snorkeling near Vieques. She mentioned the find after striking up a conversation with a retired military officer, Doug Mitchell, while the two were on Vieques.

Mitchell volunteered to search for Ward, and eventually put him in touch with Tuttle.

Ward says he’s shocked and grateful. He said the tags’ return gave him a chance to reminisce about his military service.

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  • Raymond Christensen

    I have hope! I lost my only dog tag on Sanibel Island, Fl on 07/04/2005. I served in the US Marine Corps from 1957-1960. I had that dog tag on my key chain since 1963 when I joined the GPD Police Department until 2005 when I was with the Sanibel PD. I searched for 3 weeks for it, but to no avail. I feel I have lost a part of my life. I do not work on Sanibel anymore. However, I visit the beaches from time to time and find myself re-tracing my steps as I did in 2005.

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