Sometimes you just need a feel-good story. Here’s one about a piano-loving soldier who fought during WWI. His dog tag was found in the forests of France. Nearly a century later, Steve Place is taking the dog tag back to the soldier’s relatives in Ohio.
Steve Place is on the cusp of completing a mission that he began several years ago: to return the World War I dog tag that his uncle found in a forest in the Soissons region of France to the surviving family members of the Ohio soldier.
“It’s enormously satisfying to connect the family back to the tag. We’re talking 100 years, two continents and language barriers,” said Place, who lives in Atlanta.
The dog tag belonged to Glenn M. Hupp. who served in the U.S. Army in the 126th Infantry, Company C during World War I.
Hupp was not only a soldier, but a musician as recalled by his niece, Winnie Parker.
Hearing about her uncle’s dog tag brought back fond memories for Parker, who recalled Hupp’s little dog her family inherited when Hupp died in surgery in 1939. She also remembers visiting his home on East Main Street and enjoying his musical talents on the piano and accordion.
“I use to stand there and listen to him play, and I would dream of being able to play that beautifully,” Parker said. “I was always fond of him.”