NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 90-year-old New Jersey man thought his dog tags were gone forever after he lost them in France during World War II.
But Cpl. Willie Wilkins was reunited with the dog tags on Wednesday at a special ceremony that also marked the 68th anniversary of V-E Day.
“This is an amazing story of a man of great courage, and great valor and great honor who served his nation,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said.
Wilkins, a Newark native, lost the dog tags while serving in the Army’s Quartermaster Graves Registration Units in August 1944 in Southern France, where his job was to retrieve the dead bodies of American soldiers.