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Dog Tag's Returned to its Owner at Brooksby Village After 60 Years

January 10, 2012

Marine's dog tag was found in Saipan

Peabody, MA  -- Richard Urie a U.S. Marine Corps had his identification tag, which was lost during World War II and found in Saipan, returned to him where he lives at Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA after 60 years.  U.S. attorney Timothy E. Moran returned the dog tags to Urie at his Brooksby Village retirement community home.
"This is the most amazing thing to happen to me," said Urie.  "When you reach my age, you don't expect any surprises. It bring back many memories and I am glad my daughters and grandchildren were able to see my dog tags."
Mike Villagomez, of Saipan, found the dog tag in 1981. Randy Kruid, a U.S. special investigator Deputy Marshall assigned at the Saipan office, tracked down Urie.
Urie joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 when he was 19. He was discharged in 1946. He was a PFC radio operator attached to the Headquarters Company of the 2nd Marine Division stationed on Saipan.
"I can't thank everyone who helped bring me back my dog tag's enough," said Urie.  "This is a very special time for my family and me."
Brooksby Village has three large clubhouses featuring an on-site medical center, staffed by full-time doctors, five restaurants, two convenience stores, two beauty parlors, a TV studio, a swimming pool, activity rooms, classrooms, game rooms and even two branches of a bank.  Residents also have the opportunity to take part in hundreds of different clubs and activities.  The community also has its own Interfaith Chapel on campus that serves as the physical foundation for a strong faith-based community.
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