Dod tag found in France returned to family


The small package came in the mail from France last year, rekindling memories of the father who had died seven years ago.Renee Bompiani opened it and found the original dog tags worn by her father, Army Pvt. Gerald Smith, while he served overseas in World War II.

“I was so moved by it. I knew his story, but these dog tags confirmed he was there,” said Bompiani, 56, of Youngwood. Now she is traveling to France to see for herself the stage where her father played his part as a member of the Greatest Generation. Bompiani and her husband, Tony, will travel today to see where the tags were found. They had been sent by a policeman from Reims and had been found several years earlier by a man digging in his garden.

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