ATTU DOG TAGS FOUND

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While stationed on Attu the following dog tags were found and I would like to get them back to the family of the person who served out there. They were found in 2008 and are still located at the loran station. One was found down near the mouth of the peaceful river (vanderlaan) and the other was found on the beach near massacre beach. The one that's hard to read is Gary Vanderlaan, ssgt, co M 17 inf reg, 7th inf reg. I think he was KIA in the battle. The tags are still physically located on Attu in their small museum in the LORAN station. You can contact me at:

CWO Robert Coyle
ESU Kodiak Supervisor
907-487-5313  Ext. 203
Robert.J.Coyle@uscg.mil

1/22/2014; UPDATE! Gary Vandelaan's dog tags were finally returned to his descendents. They made a shadow box to give to his sister on Christmas. A great closing to this story!

 CWO Robert Coyle
Base Alameda C4IT Dept.
Alameda, CA

 
This one appears to be a Navy tag. It reads as follows:

SIDNEY
NONE
SHAPIRO
639 29 69
USNR  A
T/4 - 44 H
   
This tag appears to be a U.S. Army tag. It reads as follows:

VANDERLAAN, GARY SSGT
59150906   29 MAY ??
CO M 17 INF REGT
7TH INF REGT

This individual was listed on our Attu KIA page with a slightly different spelling (has since been corrected). If anyone can verify the actual spelling of this individual's last name, or can make out the inscription on the dog tag with any more clarity, please let me know! The first number in the S/N may be a 3?
glsmith@hlswilliwaw.com