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Woman returns WWII veteran's dogtags lost decades ago

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The daily walk to the mailbox has been full of anticipation for Jahue Mundy. The 92-year old spent more than three years in the marines during World War II but for decades he's been missing his dog tags.

"It's just something I thought I'd never in my life ever see again" said Mundy. "I would have kept them forever. I was so sorry I lost them."

Mundy spent time in Iwo Jima and Okinawa before going to China.

"That's where I remember losing them. I'm sure I lost them in China," said Mundy.

But decades later, just last week the veteran got a phone call from Mooreland, Indiana. A woman found his dog tags in a garden there. She tracked Mundy down in southwest Virginia and returned them.

"I broke down and cried like a baby when she told me she had them, I couldn't believe it. I just cried" said Mundy.

The dog tags are so old and discolored, it's hard to read them but if you shine a light on them, it's much easier to read.

"It's just a feeling, I can't express the feelings to you, It's just something inside that I've got something that I've been missing for years and now I feel like I've got a jewel or something like that with the dogtags," said Mundy.

The WWII veteran says it's possible his friend in China may have found them and put them in a letter mailed to his then home in Anderson, Indiana.

"He must have found that dog tag and put it in an envelope and the envelope got destroyed someplace," said Mundy.

It will forever be a mystery but Munday says it doesn't matter anymore now that it has been returned.  

Mundy is planning to get the dogtags framed with some pictures and maybe give it to his son.

One of his son's lives in Indiana so Mundy hopes he will be able to meet the woman who found the dogtags when he visits again.

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