After 69 years you would never think of seeing a personal possession that was lost.  Especially thousands of miles away. World War II veteran Willie Wilkins recently opened up a box that contained an army dog tag.  It was the one he lost in 1944.

In a U. S. Army Quartermaster company, Wilkins job was to retrieve dead bodies of American soldiers.

A few years ago a woman in France was digging around in her backyard when she came upon Wilkins identification tag. Thinking he was probably dead, a neighbor encouraged the woman to locate the owner.

Now 90 Willie Wilkins and his dog tags are reunited.

Read more from Associated Press reporter Katie Zezima here.