Canine tags discovered for WWII veterans after they have been misplaced within the mail

The U.S. Postal Service said they found the heirlooms on Friday the 13th.

Valuable family heirlooms were lost in the mail until the family contacted the FOCUS investigative reporter Paula Vasan.

“WHAS was on my side. One hundred percent, “said Barbara Shields, who lives in .

Shields can now breathe easy.

“The fact that WHAS and you, Paula, helped us recover these dog tags so quickly and get the problem resolved so quickly is just amazing,” she said.

She reached out to us last week after seeing our month-long investigation into the US Postal Service. Vasan sent 284 letters to 71 people to track the delivery time and reliability of the letters.

“And I thought you know what, maybe she could help me in this situation too,” said Shields.

Her uncle Trewhitt Shields served in the military during World War II. He always wore military dog ​​tags, also known as “dog tags”, around his neck. They had been missing for decades. But Barbara Shields only found it a few weeks ago in an old chest of drawers. She sent them to her uncle’s daughter in Alabama. It didn’t go as planned.

“The card was torn open and there was nothing in it,” she told us last week.

Three days after our first report of their struggle over the missing family heirlooms, the US Postal Service announced that they had been found.

“I yelled to my husband, I told Barry they found her!” Shields said.

Shields said she thanked her postal representative, Shelly Kingsley, who works at her post office in Elizabeth, Indiana.

The postal service informed us that they found the heirlooms on Friday the 13th.

“And I sent my family a Facebook group message saying Friday the 13th was a lucky day for us,” said Christy Lamb, the daughter of Trewhitt Shields, who received the dog tags.

“This is part of my father, his journey. He wore them in the Philippines during the war, “she said.

She hopes they will be passed on to grandchildren who will hear their great grandfather’s story.

In an email, USPS spokeswoman Susan Wright told us in part: “As the proud employer of 90,000 military veterans, we appreciate the importance of these dog tags to the Shields family. We sincerely apologize for the concern and inconvenience this matter has caused. Proper packaging and security are essential when mailing valuables. “

“I think they did an excellent job finding them this quickly, but I don’t think they would have been made aware of this without WHAS and Paula Vasan,” Shields said.

If you’re wondering where their military ID tags were found, the postal service has told us they are in Atlanta, where mail is lost or damaged in transit. They say that with the right packaging you can prevent that from happening.

The US Postal Service announced that packaging tips and insurance information are available from the post office or from Customers can also search for missing emails online. From the main screen on the right side of the page, click Help. Select the “Find missing emails” button in the drop-down menu and then “Start searching for missing emails”. A USPS account is required for this search.

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