Italian man to reunite Wendell veteran with his WWII ‘dog tags’

Jun 24, 2016 1212

A metal detector find by an Italian man with an interest in World War II will reunite a Wendell native with the dog tags he lost while serving overseas more than 70 years ago.

Jury Galli searches beach areas near his home in Pisa, about 50 miles west of Florence on the northwest coast of Italy, for artifacts from the war. He has found several sets of servicemen's "dog tags" with his metal detector, but he has only been able to connect with one owner – Bennie Howard Jr., a Wendell native who now lives in New Bern.

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