I’d be meaning to do something about this for almost exactly a year now, so I gave a try and posted this message on another forum. The advice I was given was that I somehow should contact the U.S military. Well I tried that, with no luck finding any number or email for help. So I found this forum and thought that I might aswell give it a shot.
The story goes that I was backpacking in South East Asia one year ago, and my journey was taking its foot through many countries and which one of them just happened to be in the south of Vietnam. Me and my travelling buddy ended up in a beach resort called Mui Ne (a crappy place for a visit if you ask me). Where we got to know a waiter in some restaurant near our hotel, he told us that he had some motorbikes for hire which was an ideal investment for our adventure. Anyway, one of the ignition keyrings had an authentic dog-tag from an American Vietnam veteran attached to it.
When it came to a time to return the bikes I asked the waiter if I could by it off from him with a symbolic amount of money. He said something like “You can buy fake ones that are being made down the village. But these real ones are considered to be of a priceless value for the Vietnamese people. I have this and two other more that was found by [one of his relatives] at the farm long time ago. And they were given to me as a gift.” I responded to him with a much greater offer and he said “You could give me any amount of money, I still wouldn’t sell it”.
I told him as a last account “The reason being that I want to buy this is because if you take a look here on the tag, it states that he was a Mormon. And it would have meant very much for his family that this would be returned to them after 34 years”. And he said “If what you are saying is true that you would like to return this to his family, I’m giving it to you”.
And so I’ve had it stored in my shoe box under the bed and just recently went through it to once again be reminded that I have a duty to fulfill. So I’m wondering is there any way of getting a proper information of what do do next?
My email is “i_ate_your_dinner at hotmail dot com”
The inscription reads:
ALBERT W III
RA 11 936 068
O POS 223 74 7317