INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A World War II veteran has lived to see a day he thought would never happen. After 67 years, his missing dog tags were returned.
Jahue Mundy served four years in the Marine Corps. He spent time on Iwo Jima and Okinawa before going to China. Wednesday, all those memories came back.
Mundy rarely talked about his time fighting in WWII. The 92-year-old kept a big secret from his family. He lost his dog tags.
“I never told anybody. I lost them in China, I thought.” he said.
Mundy said he also has another theory of how the tags went missing.
“I used to send packages with silk to my wife and I put the tags down in the package and maybe it got lost like that,” he said.
But now, 67 years later, what was lost was found.
“I fell out and cried when she called me,” he said. “It was like getting a lost gem or an old piece of jewelry you thought you'd never see. I just cried.”
Hugs replaced those tears Wednesday when the 92-year-old met the couple who found the tags in a backyard in Mooreland while gardening earlier this summer.
The metal tag, carrying Mundy's military identification, is so old it’s hard to read.
But the veteran solved that problem with a miniature flashlight he pulled from his pocket.
“Now you can see it better,” he said, shinning the light on the face of the tag.
Turns out, Mundy earned this Purple Heart during his time in service. His son, Mike Mundy, keeps it as his Indianapolis home.
In Indianapolis is where Jahue Mundy says the tag will stay.
“I don’t want to lose it again,” he said laughing. “I figured that would be the best place for them right now. My wife died and I am single. And I am not a very good housekeeper. I will leave them here with my son. I leave most of my relics from the Marine Corps here with my son.”
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