World War II Vet’s Dog Tags Found in California Desert

Posted by admin on Aug 18, 2011

The long-lost dog tags of a World War II veteran have been found by a work crew inspecting the site of what will be the world’s largest solar power plant in the Southern California desert. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that Army Private Ova Napier lost the tags during a 1942 training exercise outside of Blythe.

Napier served in France, Luxembourg, Japan and Africa during the war. He also served during the Korean War, where he earned a bronze star for driving his vehicle through enemy fire to man a gun position that provided cover for the rest of his squad.

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