More than 70 years ago, World War II veteran Cpl. William Benn lost his dog tags while on a at a coastal artillery placement in Massachusetts. Benn, joined the #military
in 1939. He served in the 23rd Bombardment Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 7th Air Force. Corporal Benn was wounded by a Japanese kamikaze during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He also helped shoot down eight Japanese planes during World War II’s Battle of Midway. His service earned him a Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Aircraft Crew Wings and Presidential Unit Citation.
Bill Ladd, found the dog tags on March 12 while using a metal detector. Although Corporal William Benn passed away in 2002, his son, also named, William Benn was able to meet Mr. Ladd to accept the return of the dog tags.
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