Oklahoma Veteran Reunited with Lost Dog Tags After Nearly 70 Years
Almost 70 years after losing his dog tags in World War II, Alvin Krumrey has them back.
Krumrey received the dog tags Wednesday in a short ceremony in Miami, Oklahoma.
The 92 year old veteran from Commerce lost his military dog tags in 1944 as a 23-year-old soldier deployed on the island of Guadalcanal.
Krumrey says he really can't remember exactly when and where it happened, but if he had to guess, it was while he was taking a bath in a river, when a flash flood came roaring through.
"It just came down all at once," he said. "Just a wall of water. And I can't swim a lick so I just bounced down the river for a half mile I guess and came out on the right side."
A New Zealand family who owns a coin store on the Solomon Islands helped re-unite Krumrey with his dog tags. Someone recently brought them into the store, and after a little homework by a military researcher, they were traced to their owner in Oklahoma.
"I couldn't believe it. It's been 70 years," Krumrey said.
The dog tags were accompanied by a note from the New Zealand family:
"Dear Alvin, we can't tell you how happy we are you are receiving this back after such a long time."