- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - Almost a century after a World War I soldier abandoned his dog tag following his return home to Texas, it was discovered nearly a foot underground by an amateur treasure hunter with a metal detector.

George Middleton found the dog tag on land that once belonged to Pvt. Elmer Jordan in the small East Texas town of Murchison. He then tracked down Jordan’s grandson, Bill Jordan, in the nearby town of Kaufman, about 45 miles away. Elmer Jordan died in 1966.

“I might as well throw away my metal detector now,” Middleton said. “This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime things for me.”

The Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/1yHNBFt ) reports the two families gathered in Murchison last weekend for the handoff.

“It’s not the thing you ever think is going to happen,” Bill Jordan said.

Elmer Jordan brought his dog tag home when he settled briefly in Murchison after the war, but left it behind when he moved to Kaufman County to raise a family.

Just months after returning home from fighting in France, he lost his right hand in a shotgun accident.

Bill Jordan said family lore is that his grandfather buried his old dog tag with the missing hand. Middleton said his metal detector can’t pick up bones and notes that he would have called the police immediately if he’d found human remains.

Born in the Central Texas town of Cameron in 1892, Elmer Jordan left for France in May 1918 with the Army’s Fifth Artillery Division. He fought his way across the countryside and marched into Paris with the Army when the armistice was signed on Nov. 11, 1918.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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