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Memorial Park metal detector unearths World War II mystery

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In his spare time John Myers likes to grab his metal detector and head to the woods in  Memorial Park. It usually doesn't take long for him to find something.

It's not always treasure, but sometimes it is  he's found a lot of bullets some rings and antique coins. But then recently he got really lucky.

"Ten minutes after I go here, the second hole I dug I got a high ring out of it and I knew it was something other than junk. Popped it out of the ground  and said  wow!"

It was a dog tag belonging to a GI named Alfred J. Martinez.

 At one time this section of Memorial Park was Camp Logan, a military base. So no big surprise, mystery solved right? Wrong. You see when Myers got on the national Archive website to trace the serial number he found out something interesting. This is a WWII dog tag.

"This camp opened in 1917, it closed in 1919. He didn't enlist until 1940." he said. 

Martinez  died in the 1990's. There's one more thing. Martinez was from Colorado. So how did it end up here in Houston? He can only guess.

"The only thing I can think of is the Army Corps of Engineers came to tear down buildings that were built for the camp and maybe that's how it got here. but other than that it's a total mystery."

A mystery he is determined to solve for two reasons. One is just plain old curiosity, the other is more noble.

"This thing I want to get back. It has no meaning to me. This has a stronger meaning than a gold ring or anything like that. I'd like to get it back to the family."

He may be able to do that soon. someone he encountered during his search has located the grandson, who is contacting his father, Alfred Jr. we will keep you posted.

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