When Mario Gandolfo went for a walk along the Pacific Ocean shoreline in Nome, Alaska on Nov. 4, he was looking for sea glass. But he found something quite different: A World War II military dog tag washed into his hand.
“I was just kind of taken aback,” Gandolfo told 24 Hour News 8 Sunday via Skype.
The dog tag, which is about 70 years old, belonged to an Earl L. Vogelar. It had a Grand Rapids, Mich. address stamped on it.
Gandolfo decided he had to know more about Vogelar and wanted to find his family to give them the ocean-battered piece of metal.
“This was someone’s life in World War II,” he said.
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