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Florence Vietnam veteran finds lost dog tag after 56 years

LAKE CITY, S.C. (WBTW)– A (*56*) man and veteran who served in the course of the Vietnam warfare lost his dog tags in 1968 and after 56 years later, he acquired certainly one of them again.

Larry Morganti is an artist and was featured on The Vault Vendor Market’s Facebook web page in March. The vendor market is positioned in Lake City.

Little did Morganti know, a person from Sweden discovered certainly one of his dog tags two years in the past whereas steel detecting in Vietnam.

“To have something that you lost 56 years ago and really have forgotten about it, and then to surface again, that’s the that’s a miracle,” Morganti stated.

Debra Lane, supervisor for The Vault Vendor Market, posted on Facebook asserting Morganti as artist of the month.

Lane stated the very last thing she anticipated was somebody reaching out to her saying, “do you know Mr. Larry Morganti, and I thought I don’t know if I need to open this or not or even reply,” she stated.

Lane shortly discovered that named Kristoffer dwelling in Sweden had been on the lookout for Morganti for 2 years attempting to return his dog tag.

Morganti was within the air pressure for 4 years and remembers the second he lost his tags in 1968.

“Just running and hitting the ground,” Morganti stated. “And I think that’s when I broke the chain, and they all came out. I had two, both of them came off.”

He stated after they went lacking, he acquired alternative dog tags and by no means considered it once more. He added his time in the course of the Vietnam warfare brings up each good and unhealthy recollections.

Once Lane put the 2 in contact, Morganti stated he couldn’t consider it was actually his tag till only in the near past, when he acquired it again within the mail.

“I mean, it could have been somebody else’s, could have been a mistake,” Morganti stated. “But it wasn’t. It was me.”

Along with the dog tag included within the mail, was a letter from Kristoffer.

“Dear Larry, thank you for your service and welcome home,” Lane stated. “I hope that this letter finds you well. And look at you today.”

Morganti and Lane each stated they will’t consider how this occurred however are ceaselessly grateful. Lane stated she’s glad to have had a component on this story.

“The fact that I see him now holding his tags is just puts a smile on my face,” Lane stated.

Morganti stated he plans to keep up a correspondence with Kristoffer and proceed to promote his artwork at The Vault.

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Adrianna Lawrence is a multimedia journalist at News13. Adrianna is initially from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and joined the News13 workforce in June 2023 after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2023. Keep up with Adrianna on Instagram, Facebook, and X, formerly Twitter. You may also learn extra of her work, here.

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