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Irvin Jennings, a resident at Golden Living Center—Blue Ridge, received a surprise gift this year.
Emmett Bowers returned Jennings’ set of dog tags that he had lost after his years of service with the U.S. Army.
Bowers had also served with the army as a first sergeant, said Martha Norman, an employee at the center in Galax.
Jennings had not seen his dog tags in several years, and was surprised to learn that they turned up in Sparta, N.C. Someone had purchased a box of items at an auction in Galax and donated some of the military items to the veterans’ museum in Sparta, Norman told The Gazette in an email.
After reading Jennings’ name on the tags, Bowers decided to find him and return them. He called every Jennings in the phone book until he reached a cousin that told him where Irvin was living.
After giving back the tags, Bowers thanked Jennings for his service to his country, and gave him a salute, Norman said.
The dog tags will be framed by the activity staff at the facility and displayed in Irvin’s room.