Submitted by his niece, Catherine Metropoulos, who is his sister's daughter. She sent in a wonderful story and images of her uncle and her family. Here is an excerpt from the questionnaire she submitted for him.
"I am both privileged and honored to be the owner of this dog tag. My Uncle John was killed in action on September 20, 1944 Ė 16 years before I was born. Even though Iíve never met my uncle, from the first time that I saw and touched his dog tag, I felt like Iíve known him forever. He is a huge part of my life in ways that I cannot comprehend nor describe."
She informed me of a film being made, www.pathfindersfilm.com, and that her uncle, John Rigapoulos is a war hero. He is also one of the main characters being portrayed in this film.
The images above are submitted by Charles Edler. Thay are his father's Dog Tags, and print given to his father when he was wounded, and then a picture of his father's unit.
Co G 353 Infantry, Photo #335, Patchogue New York
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Having served with the US Marines at Iwo Jima, and lucky enough to make it home, Mr. Marshall placed his tags on his footlocker to be brought home.
Keifer Marshall, Jr.
This image is a dogtag found at Sanananda in Papua New Guinea. Sanananda
- which lies West of Buna - was the site of some of the fiercest
fighting in the Pacific. Besides the numerous Australian units that
fought there, elements of the US 32nd and 41st Infantry Divisions also
fought there between November 1942 and January 1943.
My main area of research is those listed as Missing. I have been unable
to find any details of LEWELLEN as yet, so I believe he had survived the
Vietnam....Specialist. 4 Richard Champion, squad leader, Company B, 4th Battalion, 21st Infantry, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, shouts instructions to his squad after receiving sniper fire while on patrol on Hill 56, 70 miles southeast of Chu Lai.