Missing Dog Tags
GAINESVILLE-- It's a story over 60 years in the making.
A Gainesville man finds a World War 2 veterans dog tags, and is trying to get them back in the right hands.
Here is the story of the strange link between Terry Backer and a stranger who lived more than 800 miles away.
"They belong in the right place, they really do," said Terry Backer of Gainesville.
The story of these AWOL dog tags starts a few weeks back for Terry Backer.
"About 2 weeks ago, I was cleaning out my grandfather's gun cabinet, and looking for odd things," said Backer.
Search and you shall receive, Backer found a pair of dog tags.
But instead of being a family memento, the engraved name was unfamiliar to Backer.
"I called my mother up and she didn't recognize it from family, and i had no idea where they came from," said Backer.
After a little digging online here's what we can tell you.
The tags belong to Private Carl Chismire of Port Allegany, Pennslyvania.
He fought for the United States in World War 2 and passed away at the age of 87 in Cctober 2005.
Backer says he just wants the tags returned to their rightful owner.
"Find out who they belong to, get them back to their loved ones or something, maybe they would appreciate having them."
Backer just has one simple hope for the tags.
"I'm just taking a chance on them appreciating something that came from their family."
Tags that will hopefully go marching home again soon.
Mike Gismondi TV20 News.
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