Wetumpka Man Discovers WWII Dog Tag On D-Day


By Catalina Trivino

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

On this very day, a Wetumpka man finds a piece of history from that time. Now, he's searching tonight for family members of a World War II Veteran who, he believes, lives in Alabama.

Woody Bozeman was out fishing on the Coosa River in Wetumpka when he found the veteran's dog tag under a pile of debris along the river bank. As you said, Stefanie, he believes the family could be living in Alabama... and even as close as in the river region.

Bozeman was stunned when he found a piece of World War II history float ashore into a pile of debris along the Coosa River.

"Well, it was kind of ironic you know when I picked it up you really couldn't tell what it was. It had a lot of corrosion on it," Said Bozeman.

It was a dog tag. But with a little sanding, history was unfolding even more.

The name on the dog tag: Donald B. Jones.

"It was in so much rubble. So much stuff. You know, there were bottles, we were finding milk bottles from the 1940's," Said Bozeman.

No telling how long the dog tag has been missing for...

"It had a part of the chain still attached to it. It was barely hanging on, I pulled it off, but it'd be pretty neat if the other side was still there," Said Bozeman. Dog tags usually come in pairs. Bozeman says he hasn't been able to find the second tag.

Until then, he and his co-workers have been searching who is Donald B. Jones. It's a name with many questions... and little answers -- but a name he calls a hero.

"He was deployed from Illinois. He received a purple heart in 1944 and an airman's metal in 1945," Said Bozeman.
Bozeman says research shows Donald B. Jones' service ended in 1945 -- whether he was killed in action is still a mystery.

He hasn't been able to get in touch with the Jones family. He says he's hoping this story will help.

"If you know that that's your grand-daddy or great grand-daddy or whoever, you know, I would love for someone to get the tag, the family to receive it back," Said Bozeman.


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