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Fallen Marine's Family Reunited With Piece Of History

Fallen Marine's Family Reunited With Piece Of History

Nam Knights Return Dog Tags To Families

KOHLER, Wis. -- A Wisconsin Marine made his final trip home from the Vietnam War on Friday. Fellow veterans delivered his dog tags to his family in Kohler.

Marine Sgt. Arleigh Felch, of Sheboygan County, died 44 years ago from a bullet wound suffered on a battlefield in Vietnam.

At noon Friday, Felch's dog tags finally made it into the hands of the son he never met. Richie Felch was 6 months old when his dad died.

"Well, I guess never knowing him, whatever I can get of his stuff I'd like to have," Richie Felch said.

Nancy Felch received a part of her husband lost until now. They had been married two years.

"I'm just overwhelmed by it and just finding another piece of Arleigh has really helped," Nancy Felch said.

A group of veterans called the Nam Knights are devoted to serving the families that fallen Marines have left behind.

"People might look at it as an object, but as everybody saw here when we presented it, it's a lot more than that. That closes doors and it puts some rest and comfort to the families. That's what we're about," said Tony Mauro of Nam Knights America.

Felch's dog tags and those of hundreds of other marines travel a long way, recovered from battlefields and then sold in Vietnamese street shops. Now they're back home.

"They leave mothers. They leave wives, young sons. And they're not to be forgotten about," Mauro said.

The Nam Knights have returned dog tags to about 20 families so far, but there are hundreds yet to be delivered around the United States.

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