Now, he has them back.
Corporal Willie Wilkins says he was serving with the Army's Quartermaster Graves Registration Units in Southern France when he lost his dog tags.
A woman says she found them decades later while digging near an olive tree in her backyard.
She says her neighbor urged her to find the owner.
Someone from the G.I. Go Fund got a hold of Wilkins' daughter, and they arranged a ceremony.