Swansea-found dog tag to return to D-Day G.I.'s family

The dog tag will now be returned Thurmond Carethers' daughter Maurine. Photo: Wales News Service

A Swansea gardener who discovered the lost dog tag of an American D-Day soldier has tracked down his daughter more than 3,000 miles away.

Barrie Jones, 52, spotted the American G.I.'s metal identity discs as he was building a wall in his garden - and saw the name of T.Carethers, from Detroit in Michigan.

Two weeks ago, we featured his appeal for help to trace the G.I.

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Barrie Jones spent a great deal of time searching for Thurmond Carethers' family. Credit: Wales News Service

Barrie has now been able to track down Thurmond Carethers' daughter, with the help of military records and a local newspaper in Detroit.

Maurine Carethers-Tate, 57, said her father knew where he lost his dog tags, and did not talk much about his involvement in the war.

He was just 20 years old when he signed up in 1941.

Thousands of American soldiers were camped around Swansea and the Gower during the Second World War, as they prepared for D-Day in 1944.

The 70th anniversary of the decisive Normandy landings were commemorated last Friday.

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The dog tag was found in the soil of a Swansea garden. Credit: Wales News Service

Barrie is now planning to send the dog tag to Maurine in Michigan.

She says she can't wait to finally hold them - and will then pass them on to her son, 25.

"My son has never seen his grandfather. All he knows is the picture. He looks just like him."

Thurmond Carethers was involved in the D-Day landings, on 6 June 1944. Credit: Wales News Service