Dog Tags Heading Home
GAINESVILLE-- Lost to time, space, and memory, a set of military dog tags now becomes a precious family heirloom.
Earlier this week we brought you the story of M.I.A. dog tags found in Gainesville that belong to a man from Pennsylvania.
Here's the story on how these dog tags are starting their long march home.
"It was a little surprising, yes." "Nothing like this ever happens to us," said Susan Greeley and Cindy Kurjakovic.
The surprise came just a few days ago for sisters Susan Greeley of Pennsylvania and Cindy Kurjakovic of New York.
"I received a phone call from someone that lives in Erie, Pennslyvania that used to live across the street from my parents," said Greeley
A phone call about her father Carl Chismire.
The military veteran passed away in 2005, but his World War Two dog tags mysteriously ended up in an attic in North Central Florida.
After running a story about those dog tags here on TV20, we informed WJET in Erie, Pennslyvania, an ABC affiliate near Chismire's hometown.
"We never even saw his dog tags, or even thought about it. Figured they went somewhere, but we didn't expect Gainesville Florida," said Greeley.
But that's exactly where they were found by Gainesville resident Terry Backer, rummaging through his grandfather's things.
Backer says he knew right away he wanted to get them back to Chismire's family, he just didn't know how.
"I had no expectation whatever, it just fell in line, with one person after another person," said Backer.
But through the power of TV, Chismire's family was able to get in contact with Backer, and now, the dog tags are on their way back home.
Chismire's daughters said they are just grateful Backer took the time to look for them.
"This day in age, to put effort like this, for someone they don't even know, it's so much heartfelt appreciation," said Greeley.
Greeley and Kurjakovic summed it up like this.
"We really appreciate, it's just amazing, we're amazed," said Greeley
A loss of words, for these lost dog tags, finally coming home.
Mike Gismondi TV20 news.
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