Soldiers' Items Found

One of the  missions of Olive Tree Genealogy is to reunite found items such as  Dog ID Tags, Medals, etc of soldiers with their descendants. To date my readers have worked on the following cases and been successful in reuniting soldiers' dog id tags with family members.

We still have more cases coming in and we have old cases that have not yet been solved. If you have a moment would you read through one of the open cases below (marked in green) and help find family?

I welcome any found items from any war and any country. Be sure to send your request plus a photo or scan of the found item to olivetreegenealogyATgmail.com

List of Found Soldiers' Dog ID Tags & Other Items
Need to send these back to Family

Our open cases  are:
#20. Sam Gentile 
#19: Buddy
#18 T. Kelly
#16 George Coleman
#15 Lester Lorfing 
#11 John Thomas Dryborough
#6 George H. Stevens

Our wonderful readers have solved 13 cases and sent 13 dog tags home to family. Please scroll down to one of our unsolved cases for the link to their story.

20. WW2 Soldier's Letters Found - Need Help Returning Them to Family UPDATE! Found Sam Gentile's grandson

19. Buddy. U.S. Army Dog Tag found at Whittington Barracks, England OPEN CASE

18.  T. Kelly WW1 American Soldier's Dog Tag Rescued OPEN CASE

17. Harold Western CEF WW1 Dog Tags Found in France Contact made with nephew and grandson of Harold. Case solved!

16. George Coleman - WW2 Dog Tag found in Wales OPEN CASE

15. Lester Lorfing of Texas - WW 2 Dog Tag found OPEN CASE
Important! Phone numbers and addresses found of Lester's son(s) but unable to contact person who found the dog tag and asked for help.

14. R. H. Smedley - WW1 engraved Pocket Watch found in Michigan. Belonged to Ronald H. Smedley, born England, lived Ontario Canada until 1920 then moved to Detroit Michigan. SOLVED. See the comments on the original post from Ronald's grandchildren, what an amazing story! 

13. Harry aka Henry Taylor. WW2 British Soldier hidden from German Army in Italy. Settled in California SOLVED See the details of the happy ending

12. Arthur Cohen. WW2 American Soldier's Dog Tag found in France. CASE SOLVED Dec. 2012

11. John Thomas Drybrough. WW1 Canadian Soldier's Dog Tag found in France OPEN CASE.

10. Edward Jones -New on Nov. 29/11 UPDATE The son has been found and his wife spoken to by phone. The son is also military and is excited to have his father's dog tags returned. UPDATEDec. 2/11: The address for Edward's son has been passed on to Megan and I'm hoping to hear good news soon. CASE SOLVED Jan. 18/12 Edward's Dog Tag has been returned to family and they've written a thank-you letter to the man who found it and sent it home.

9.  L. J. Holston Jr. - Dog Tag found by Alex in Germany. Leonard's niece found and contacted but no word from Alex or Lemmy with an update on whether dog tag is going home or has already gone
UPDATE Nov. 27/11: Leonard's daughter has been found and her email contact and name sent to Alex. Waiting for word from Alex re sending the dog tag home

8. Samuel P. Loftus . Found in W. Norfolk, U.K. Found son and daughter. Contacted son but no response. Case open, need to find other descendants  UPDATE Nov. 29/11: Samuel's daughter has been contacted and the dog tag is being mailed to her this week! CASE SOLVED Dec. 13/11: Dog tag safely home with Samuel's daughter and family. See "American Soldier Dog Tag: Home for Christmas!" for pictures and story

7. James F. Courtney. Dog Tag found in Normandy. Found and contacted grandson and other relatives but contact lost. Dog Tag still not returned. CASE SOLVED

6. George H. Stevens. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. OPEN CASE

5. T. H. Stull  Marine Corps WW2 CASE SOLVED Dec. 2012 It took 2 years but we did it! Contact has been made with Thomas Stull's nephew James. See Another Happy Ending!

4. Randall E. Packard. Dog Tag found in Australia. UPDATEFound and contacted Randall's wife

3. Donald G. Watts. Dog Tag found in Germany. UPDATE Grandson found and contacted. Donald still living

2. Lieutenant Thomas J. Lilliard. Dog Tag found in Germany. CASE SOLVED  Family found and dog tags sent home. Read We did it! Reuniting a MIA American soldier's dog tags with family

1. Stanley Thompson - Dog Tag found in Australia. CASE SOLVED Returned to family. See American Soldier's Lost WW2 Dog Tags Going Home!

7 comments:

Liesa Healy-Miller said...

Hi Lorine! Great that you're doing this! I have a Navy ID tag I found in a thrift shop in Australia some years ago...you've inspired me to again try to find its owner (and if I can't, I may pass on the name to you)!

1310ce18-3d80-11e1-8f40-000bcdcb5194 said...

Hi Loraine, Fantastic that this is being done. I would like to know if a tag has been found for EBBIE HANCOCK who served as a Bandsman in WW1. He came from Ipswich, Suffolk, England and moved over to Canada in time to serve. How do I go about looking apart from this site please? Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
Maggie Andersen nee GOODWIN/HANCOCK

Anonymous said...

How do I see info for Arthur Cohen case?

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

I've added the link to Arthur Cohen.

If you find a link not working or missing, just use the right side nav bar for topic choices. Choose LOST & FOUND or DOG TAGS

Beth Lee Southworth said...

Hi Lorine,
I just wanted to tell you how much I LOVE what you're doing! I'm working now to return a Japanese passport to the family of a woman killed during the Battle of Okinawa. I know how much it would mean to me for someone to take the time to return a family keepsake to me. Thanks for your work!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful amazing thing you are doing for these families! I can't imagine the joy they must feel to have these precious keepsakes restored to the family. Keep it up and bless you for your work!

Michigan Girl said...

Lorine,
This is my first time coming across this part of your blog. What an absolutely wonderful thing to do. I read through all the names, hoping I would know someone. Sadly, I don't.
Thank you so much for doing this wonderful service for those who have served our country.

God bless,
Diane