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May 23, 2015 12:51 PM

Nashua teen returns long-lost dog tag to the family of a WWII veteran


NASHUA - A Nashua teenager has brought joy to the family of a World War II veteran in Texas this Memorial Day.

The Union Leader reports that Angela Beatrice, 15, a student at Nashua High North, discovered a long-lost dog tag at the Hunt Community retirement home where she volunteered. She then worked hard to locate its owner, George Filpansick Sr., and finally contacted U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office for help.

“It was really important for me to find this man, or the family of the person it belonged to,” said Beatrice. “I didn’t know if he was still alive, or if his family even knew that his dog tag was missing.”

Connor Jennings, a special assistant for constituent services on Shaheen’s staff, said the serial number on the dog tag was instrumental in helping to locate the late Filpansick’s relatives.

“My father never talked about his time in service. To have his dog tag returned to us is a great gift, and we are very excited to have it returned home,” said George Filpansick Jr. of Royce City, Texas. It's not clear how the dog tag ended up in New Hampshire.

The dog tag was mailed to Filpansick on Wednesday and is expected to arrive in his mailbox by Memorial Day.


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