- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan woman has learned that a dog tag marked “Detroit” that was found several years ago in Great Britain was her father’s from World War II.

A chunk of metal is missing from the tag, so the final numbers on it are hard to make out. The first six numbers, however, match military records for Thurmond Carethers and it’s stamped with his last name, Detroit Free Press reported (https://on.freep.com/1pdDxLN ) Friday.

Carethers died in 1983. Maurine Carethers-Tate, of River Rouge, said she had asked her father about his missing dog tags from his Army service but that he said he didn’t know what had happened to them. He told her that if he ever found them he would make sure she got them.

Barrie Jones, 52, and his daughter found the tag about seven or eight years ago during work on a stone wall in Wales, near his home in Swansea. He said he spent years trying to find out to whom it belonged, and the Free Press located Carethers-Tate and showed her a photo of the dog tag.

The tag may have been left in Wales, the newspaper reported, as U.S. soldiers serving in World War II trained in the area leading up D-Day 70 years ago.

“I’d love it to go to the family,” Jones said. He said he has not had direct contact with Carethers-Tate about returning the dog tag to her, but that he would like to learn more about her father’s role in the war. Carethers-Tate said she would welcome Jones to her home.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com



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