ICYMI:

Man intentionally drove through NC restaurant, killed 2, including deputy daughter

Local WWII vet’s dog tags found buried in Virginia 76 years later


Five days after photos of a World War II veteran’s U.S. Army ID were posted on social media, the dog tag was in the hands of his daughter in Preble County.

“I got it this afternoon, it’s in my hand right now,” Pamela Weadick said from her home tonight in Eaton.

Ronald Sneed and Kathy Ruth found the military ID in the backyard of their Bristol, Virginia, home last month. On Saturday, Sneed posted photos of it on Facebook, where Weadick’s cousin spotted it and alerted her. The next day, Weadick confirmed the tags belonged to her father.

Amazingly, Weadick said her father had been on her mind all week long.

“I was in total shock,” she said. “We never dreamed it would be found … It’s just phenomenal to me.”

The tag could have been buried for up to 76 years, and was found where her father used to live. Her father, who legally changed his name from John Scott Faulkner to Scott Falkner as a young man simply because he didn’t like the name John or the “u” in his last name, joined the Army in 1941. Six months later, he was medically discharged because a firearm blew out his eardrum, she said.

>> Gov. Kasich made big news Thursday: Here are 5 things we learned

He worked as a farm hand for years, as a tool and die maker and later as an auto mechanic, she said. Her father and mother settled in Eaton around 1945, where they raised four children. Scott Falkner died in 1970. Weadick said of her siblings, only she and her brother, Ronnie “Bud” Falkner of Piqua, survive.

She knows exactly where to put her new-found treasure: “I’m going to buy a small picture frame and I have my dad’s flag that was on his casket … I have it in a shadow box and I’m going to put this in with that.”

>> A university in Ohio is getting rid of most Friday classes next fall

Her cousin, Bobby Faulkner, told her he plans to search the Bristol property with his grandson’s metal detector to see if he can find the second tag that goes with the set. If they find it, she said her brother can have that one.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Ohio gets ‘scorecard’ on addiction policies: Track how it’s doing
Ohio gets ‘scorecard’ on addiction policies: Track how it’s doing

The opioid overdose crisis has prompted so many new programs and policy changes in recent years there has been little time to see what is working and what still needs to be done. That’s about to change. The “Ohio addiction policy inventory and scorecard” — developed by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio — examines what&rsquo...
RiverScape offers a lunch option that sounds pretty great this summer
RiverScape offers a lunch option that sounds pretty great this summer

Now through the end of September, RiverScape MetroPark is offering a break from humdrum lunches with their Music @ Lunch program featuring live acoustic music and the option to buy from the new RiverScape Café, a local food truck or a pleasant spot to enjoy whatever you packed at home. “RiverScape MetroPark serves as a vibrant destination...
See the story of how Carole King rose to stardom in Dayton this week
See the story of how Carole King rose to stardom in Dayton this week

After interviewing Carole King for days, playwright Douglas McGrath was faced with a tough decision. Which parts of the legendary singer/songwriter’s personal journey should be included in a musical about her life? You’ll see the results when the Tony and Grammy award-winning Broadway hit “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical&rdquo...
Festival to give away BIG prizes when it sells its 1 millionth famous chicken dinner
Festival to give away BIG prizes when it sells its 1 millionth famous chicken dinner

Winner winner, chicken — winner! It’s almost time for one of Ohio’s oldest and most beloved festivals. The Versailles Poultry Days Festival — almost a “local holiday” in West Central Ohio since its beginnings in 1952 — will take place June 8-10. This year, the poultry party reaches a monumental...
4 places to go swimming in the Dayton area you might have forgotten about
4 places to go swimming in the Dayton area you might have forgotten about

Things are warming up, which means it’s time to look for fun places to cool off and take a dip this summer. Here are 4 great places to go swimming in and near Dayton that you should totally consider the next time you need a day by the water. We’ll be updating this list throughout the summer, so keep checking back for more pool ideas. ...
More Stories