Tag Clifford J. belonged to Voight, who fought in WWII
History can be buried anywhere.
Fisher, a magnet in Michigan, found an unusual find when he pulled out a set of WWII-era dog tags from the Grand River. After seeing the tag’s owner, he was able to track down the family and return the family legacy lost over the decades.
Adam Gross spoke to Granthshala News and explained that he is used to pulling strange objects out of the water with his magnets. According to him, all he finds is usually scrap metal of some sort, though he’s once found “a ton of bikes” and even a lawnmower.
He says he also found an old grenade once, but luckily it was just a training grenade and not explosive.
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During a recent magnet-fishing expedition off the Leonard Street Bridge in Grand Rapids, Gross met the Clifford J. Removed the tag of a soldier named Voight. He shared footage of himself pulling dog tags out of the water on your youtube page.
Gross was able to track down Voight’s family, who live in Arizona, and were “super excited” to find the tag. Voight’s family told Gross that they had just assumed that the tags had been around for a long time. Voight passed away some time ago, so the family was happy to have a part of his history back.
Tag must have been in the water for a long time because Voight’s family said that Voight had not been to Michigan since he last lived there in 1956. Despite the possibility of being in the water for several decades, the tags were still in good shape.
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Voight’s family explained to Gross that they did not talk much about the war and would only really discuss it with specific family members. Voight had stormed the beach in Normandy and was one of the first platoons to enter Auschwitz.
Gross confirmed that he mailed the tags to the family.