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Retired Marine Reunited With Old Dog Tag

Published On: Jul 04 2012 05:36:43 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 04 2012 05:44:29 PM CDT

A Camp Geiger Marine Corps Veteran is reunited with his missing military dog tag after more than fifty years.

Edward Earl, a 76-year-old retired Marine, was surprised when he got a phone call from MCAS Cherry Point to let him know his dog tag had been found in Eastern Carolina.

"I never thought anyone would pay any attention to them if they found them."

He hasn't seen it since he was stationed at Camp Geiger as a heavy equipment operator in the late 1950's.

"Those were good years," Earl said.

He left the area in 1967 when he was deployed during the Korean War. But his dog tag stuck around.

It was found last month inside an old barn in Newport.

"The first thing I thought was 'is it real?'" Kim Zeigler, who found the dog tag, said.

Zeigler was spring cleaning when she stumbled across it. She contacted officials at Cherry Point, who were able to locate Earl.

"I said, 'get out of here. You're kidding," Zeigler said. " It was really exciting."

Zeigler now plans to send the dog tag in the mail to reunite the retired Marine with a piece of his past.