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6. Connected By The World Wide Web

005-6-connected-by-the-world-wide-web-3caece0eafd070367eebdef2f8e40898With billions of people on social media, Jury found the Town of Wendell on Facebook and told them about the lost dog tags, says town spokesperson Patrick Reidy. They told him Bennie Howard, Jr. was still alive and living in New Bern. The dog tags would finally be with the veteran again soon.

5. 72 Years In Ago…

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006-5-72-years-in-ago-4e4cc6d2700827911b12d9f5dbc097c6Howard, now 92-years-old, had been dropped onto that beach near Florence, Italy in 1943 when he was a mere 19 years old. Howard believed his Army-issued dog tags had been lost forever and said the odds of someone finding it in that time span is “almost something impossible.”
4. How To Transport the Priceless Artifact?

007-4-how-to-transport-the-priceless-artifac-dd11318d21e7a5c17a9cef8607fe8ab7Galli could have mailed the dog tags, but after so many years it would have been a shame if they got lost somewhere across the globe. He knew the only fitting end to this story would be to fly across the Atlantic Ocean and deliver the dog tags by hand.

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3. Around The World Hand Delivery

008-3-around-the-world-hand-delivery-1002309Galli purchased his roundtrip tickets to North Carolina for the Town of Wendell’s Independence Day festivities, celebrating the 240th birthday of America. Howard and Galli were both honored by citizens of all ages from the town. “It’s a beautiful moment for me. I remember all my life this moment,” admitted Galli.

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2. A Priceless Heirloom Returned

009-2-a-priceless-heirloom-returned-1002311A dog tag is not made of gold or silver and holds no major monetary value. It’s worth is only to the person who made the sacrifice to possibly give up his life so that others can live in freedom. Read what Howard said about the moment in slide #1.

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