The discovery of U.S. Military dog tags sticking up from the ground in Wiesbaden, Germany seems fitting for yesterday’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The dog tags were discovered near a garrison by a local resident.
Simon Krieger-Pleus spied something sticking out of the ground as he wandered the trails near the garrison and realized that he had discovered a pair of World War II-era U.S. military identification tags, according to a news release from U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden.
“The silver chain could be seen on the surface and then was dug up,” the eldest son of the Krieger-Pleus family said in a statement.
Krieger-Pleus knew that he had discovered an important piece of history and that the tags needed to be returned.
“It was a very personal and a special treasure,” his mother Petra said in the release. “He didn’t want to withhold this from the soldier’s family.”
Military research revealed that the lost dog tags had belonged to Pvt. Sammie Lee Williams. He had enlisted in March, 1944 when he was 22, deploying from Fort Benning, Georgia. Williams had lived to return to the United States until he passed away at the age of 81.
Pvt. Williams dog tags will be exhibited in the USAREUR Mission Command Center museum with the permission of Williams’ family, according to the garrison.
U.S. military forces have been stationed in Wiesbaden since World War II, and U.S. Army Europe Headquarters is now based there.