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Lost Dog Tags Recovered
Joseph E. Gunterman, Waterbury, CT via Military Magazine February 2005

On 30 June 1943 I was a crewmember on the USS Zane (DD-337 to DMS-14) a WWI destroyer converted to a high-speed mine sweeper. During the invasion of Sasavele Island off the coast of Munda, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, while we were helping to deploy U.S. Army Companies A&B of the 169th Infantry, we ran aground and had to jettison our anchor.

Some 40 years later my island friends found that anchor and used it to construct a monument to honor those who had fought there during WWII. I sent them a bronze plaque along with a U.S. flag to mount on the monument that now rests on a hillside overlooking the Blanche waterway.

I read an article in a San Francisco newspaper about the discovery of dog tags in Munda, and I wrote my island friends to find out if they were aware of the dog tags. They wrote back, telling me that their children found them and that they wear them around their necks. They also told me that, for a price, they would send them to me if I could locate their rightful owners, or the relatives of the men who lost them, or were killed in action.

If you know or recognize any of these names and perhaps know any family members who might want their loved one's dog tags, please call or write me at 131 Robinwood Rd., Waterbury, CT 06708-2455; phone 203/755-8166 or fax 203/755-9111.

• CRUSCO JOSEPH (M2), 32183685, T 42-43, B, Mrs. Rose Estevez, 222 W 67th St., NYC, NY
• RICHARD MCCONNELL, 34017417, T 41-42, B
• JAMES DOUGAN, 3405826, T43, O
• MARVIN HALLOWAY, 35308424, T42, Pauline N. Halloway, 2188 E 100th St., Cleveland, OH
• MITCHEL WILLIE, 34020231, Steven Mitchel, Peroy, MS
• FLOYD ROBINSON, JR., 327079, O, TI/42, USMCR
• MELBERT MICHEL, We Inschenik, 3216989, T12-41, USN A
• CLEO BERELAND, 34048744, T42 42, B, Watson Bereland, Rt. 1, Wigging, MS
• JULIO WILHELM, 32339958, T42 43, O
• HAROLD F. LINTEMOOT, 20505186, T42, A, Thelma M. Lintemoot, 328 West 4th St., Delphos, OH
• FRANKLIN E. BUCHEVER, 52036940, T42, Mrs. C. Buchner, 200 Hagen St., Buffalo, NY
• ANGELO S. VIALE, 39010759, T42, AB, Annie Viale, 3124 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA
• DONALD J. CLIFFORD, 31254367, T43, Ethel Clifford, 49 Pine St., Rutland, VT
• ROBERT J. DOMINELLO, 20129557, T42, O, Emma Dominello, 116 Grove St., Meridan, CT
• GERALD LLOYD TAYLOR, 629 76 01, T5/43, USNR A
• KAISER WILBURN A, 945463, C, T5-44, A, USMCR

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