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Dog tag now home with American National Guardsman's daughter

Brian Morris is trying to identify the owner of a ring found on Yeppoon Main Beach by a friend with a metal detector which dates back to World War II when US Servicemen were stationed in the area. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Brian Morris is trying to identify the owner of a ring found on Yeppoon Main Beach by a friend with a metal detector which dates back to World War II when US Servicemen were stationed in the area. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

THOUSANDS of emails, phone calls to the US and three months of research has paid off for determined Yeppoon man Brian Morris.

It was all in the name of retaining a small piece of history that Mr Morris located the daughter of American National Guardsman Edward Marberry, who lost his dog tag on Yeppoon Main Beach in 1942.

Mr Morris's friend Rod Mackenzie discovered the dog tag, along with a serviceman's signet ring, while using a metal detector on Main Beach in front of the Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club.

The dog tag endured years of sun, sea and the elements and yet it was still readable, allowing Mr Morris to begin the journey to have it returned.

After locating Mr Mayberry's only child, Melissa Savage, Mr Morris said he phoned her directly in America and she was overwhelmed.

"Melissa answered the phone and was in shock," Mr Morris said.

"I arranged for the tag to be posted to America so it would arrive in time for Christmas.

"Melissa sent me an email to confirm the delivery saying she had received her gift but had not yet opened it, needing some time to reflect."

Mr Morris enjoyed finding out about the man who had walked our shores so many years ago.

Edward Marberry was born in California on November 21, 1915, and had six siblings.

He enlisted in the US Army in 1940 and served in the Second World War in the Philippines.

After his discharge he worked for Standard Station and was a member of the National Guard.

He was called back into the army during the Korean War and attained the rank of Lt Colonel.

Mr Marberry then pursued a long career with General Motors until his retirement in 1974.

He died on September 7, 1994, aged 78.

"Now I am going to put all my energy into finding the owner of the signet ring," Mr Morris said.

"I am hopeful that the owner or a descendent will be found."

The ring

Found along Yeppoon Main Beach.

Crest with 147th South Dakota National Guard Field Artillery Regiment insignia.

Manufactured by Moody Bros Los Angeles (now out of business).

Believed to belong to an officer.

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