March 29, 2016

Dog Tag Returned To Family Of Hoosier Soldier Killed In Japan During WWII

This Feb. 13 photo provided by Genevieve Cabrera shows World War II Pfc. Thomas E. Davis' Army dog tag that was found in a farm field on Saipan in early 2014. - Genevieve Cabrera via AP

This Feb. 13 photo provided by Genevieve Cabrera shows World War II Pfc. Thomas E. Davis' Army dog tag that was found in a farm field on Saipan in early 2014.

Genevieve Cabrera via AP

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A dog tag identifying an American serviceman killed in Japan during World War II has been returned to his surviving family in South Texas.

Pfc. Thomas Davis was killed on the island of Okinawa in 1945. In 2014, his dog tag was discovered on the Pacific island of Saipan -- where he fought a nearly a year before Okinawa, earning the Silver Star.

The Victoria Advocate reports that members of a Japanese nonprofit that searches Pacific islands for the remains of missing soldiers delivered the tag to Davis' relatives on Monday in Victoria, Texas.

A nephew, also named Thomas Davis, said receiving the tag is bittersweet and expressed surprise that it is still legible after 70 years.

Pfc. Davis, of Roachdale, Indiana, served with the Army's 27th Division, a former New York National Guard unit.

Victoria is 120 miles southwest of Houston.

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