A mystery solved in North Texas: How military dog tags were returned decades later

What Elaine has are military dog tags that she found when she and her husband bought a house decades ago in Ennis, Texas. And every time they moved, from Texas to South Carolina to North Carolina and back to Texas again, the dog tags went with her.

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From her home in DeSoto, Elaine Bratcher asked for help solving a mystery – one she’s held in her hands and sometimes kept in a desk drawer for more than 20 years.

“It’s been so long I can’t remember where if they were in an attic or maybe a window sill,” she said.

What Elaine has are military dog tags that she found when she and her husband bought a house decades ago in Ennis, Texas. And every time they moved, from Texas to South Carolina to North Carolina and back to Texas again, the dog tags went with her.

“And I still have them. Just something I can’t get rid of. And I’ve had them so long now I feel like they’re mine,” she laughed.

But for all these years she wanted to find Brook A. Harrah and return the dog tags but never had any luck finding the soldier.

“I’m thinking it’s a woman. She had a love of country or something to join the service. I don’ t know she said, admitting that her search for the rightful owner began so long ago that one of her first searches was on MySpace.

But after a few internet searches of our own and a few phone calls Wednesday afternoon we brought Elaine some good news. We found….him.

“Oh my God. So it is a he,” she laughed. “Well as long as you promise you will get them into his hands you can take them. This will be the first time I’ve released these.”

“Well I would like to present you with these dog tags,” she said handing me the dog tags. “And I’m glad that they’re going to go home. Because I will be watching tonight to see you hand them off.”

“Well tell him they’ve been around!”

So we took the dog tags on one more journey, a one hour drive to the northwest side of Fort Worth where we met the Brook A. Harrah.

“I lost them 12 years ago,” he said.

He’s a 45-year-old energy company executive who from 1990 to 1996 was in the Texas Army National Guard who once lived near Ennis and after his time in the Guard was over lost his dog tags and didn’t know where they were. But he wanted to put them next to his father’s dog tags and keep them to eventually give to his 4-year-old son. Now, he’s happy to have them back.

 

 

 

Information Courtesy of  Author: Kevin Reece Published: 11:35 PM CDT March 28, 2018 Updated: 11:35 PM CDT March 28, 2018

 

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