A World War II veteran has been reunited with his dog tag nearly 70 years after he lost it in a field in France.
Irving Mann, 88, was serving in the 90th Infantry Division in Nazi-occupied France in 1944.
He was recently contacted by a French woman who claimed to have found his dog tag in her barley field, but was initially skeptical.
However, a series of email exchanges between Mann’s daughter-in-law and the French woman, Sophie LaFollie, eventually convinced him after she relayed the serial number on the tag — 42023412.
Mann, a jewelry store owner in New York, said his unit had dug in near the village of Rethel in 1944 and traded rations for eggs from a nearby farmhouse.
He added that he was unsure how he lost the dog tag, although it could have happened while he dug foxholes.
1. initially adv.
起初地 (qi3 chu1 de5)
例: She came initially to spend a few days, but in the end she stayed for a whole month.
2. dig in idiom
挖洞 (wa1 dong4)
例: The soldiers dug in 20km outside the encampment.
3. trade for v. phr.
交換 (jiao1 huan4)
例: Mary traded her old branded handbag for a new dress with her friend.