HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A decorated Vietnam War veteran from Long Island finally has his dog tags back.
Dennis Kostendader lost the military ID tags during combat in 1967.READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Announces Changes To Intake At Rikers Island After Isaabdul Karim's Death, 12th In Last 12 Months
They were recently found by the Vietnamese government and sent back to the United States.
The Marine does not remember losing the tags, but he now has them back to go along with his Silver Star and four Purple Hearts.READ MORE: Johnson & Johnson: 2nd Dose Of COVID Vaccine Offers Stronger Protection
“It’s kind of amazing, yeah, after all these years,” Kostendader said.
He says he doesn’t think of himself as a hero.
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Kostendader was born and raised in Huntington before moving to Arizona after he got out of the military.