Missing dog tag lost in World War II returned to family decades later

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) — A soldier's dog tag that's been missing for more than 75 years has finally been returned to a family in Evansville.

Keith Yates' father lost one of his dog tags during World War II while he was stationed in Italy.

His family thought it was gone forever until someone found it with a metal detector.

Eventually, the tag fell into the hands of an Israeli genealogy company that reached out to Yates last year.

"A lady called me from Israel," he said. "She told me it was going to come. So, after a long period of time, I just put it in the back of mind... well that's not going to happen. And then when it did happen, I opened that package and there's that tag and this letter. I said, 'Wow! I can't believe this. This is impossible.'"

Yates now hopes to pass on his father's story to his grandchildren and show them that dog tag that was lost for decades.