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Historian Stole Nearly 300 Dog Tags of WWII Fallen Soldiers from National Archives, Authorities Say

Posted by Jean-Yves on Apr 16, 2018

Hundreds of World War II dog tags disappeared for years as Antonin DeHays constantly visited the National Archives.

On Monday, the 33-year-old historian was sentenced in federal court to 364 days in prison for stealing the artifacts. He sold most of them on eBay and elsewhere, the Department of Justice said.
Since 2012, DeHays had been sneaking out of the College Park, Maryland, facility with the artifacts. He took at least 291 dog tags of American soldiers whose planes were downed in Europe during WWII. He also took 134 other items, which included identification cards, a bible, and pieces of downed US aircraft, the DOJ said.

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Lack of respect at it utmost.

What a jerk – A life sentence would be too short

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