Thanks in part to the Internet, a long-lost dog tag belonging to a U.S. Marine who served in the Vietnam War is about to be reunited with its owner.
A photo of the tag (see above), which was found by chance two years ago by an Australian teacher visiting the site of the former U.S. military base in Khe Sanh, was posted online in the hopes that others could provide information leading to the whereabouts of the Marine, identified only as Martinson, L.P., service number 1984025, religion Lutheran.
Diligent sleuthing by an active-duty Marine named Joshua Laudermilk and others led to the discovery that the tag's original owner, former Platoon Sgt. Lanny Paul Martinson, is alive and well in Sugar Land, Texas, and thrilled at the prospect of recovering his lost tag.
The full story has yet to be told.
• Long Way Home for Marine's Dog Tag (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Military Tag Lost 40 Years Ago Returning to Viet Nam War Veteran (KTRK-TV News)