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Tierney to honor WWII vet who had dog tag returned after 66 years

Posted by Justin Rice  February 10, 2012 11:01 AM

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An 86-year-old Peabody resident and Marine Corps veteran recently had one of his military identification tags - or dog tags - returned to him after it was lost during World War II will be honored tomorrow.

Congressman John Tierney and Delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan will present Marine veteran Richard Urie a plaque and medallion in gratitude for his service in the Northern Mariana Islands during World War II.

The event will be held at 11:15 a.m. in the Macintosh Clubhouse Chapel in Brooksby Village (300 Brooksby Village Drive).

The medallion is being presented as part of a Saipan VFW Post 3457 program that has, to date, bestowed more than 3,000 medallions to veterans of the World War II battles on Saipan and Tinian and throughout the Pacific.

The medallion features the World War II War in the Pacific emblem on one side and the official seals of the participating branches of service on the reverse. Also inscribed on the medallion is the phrase “Our Grateful Islands Remember.”

The World War II veterans medallion program began with a coin, prepared as part of the 1994 commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Battles of Saipan and Tinian in the Marianas. Over 5,000 US servicemen died in these battles and the subsequent air campaigns conducted from the Marianas.


Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com.

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