About a week ago, member Bob Barclay emailed me asking for help. He said many years ago he bought a box of junk at an Ohio auction. He never looked through it until a couple of years ago. Inside he found a set of WWI Dogtags with their leather case. Bob has wanted to find this doughboy's next of kin since he laid eyes on his great treasure.
I was immediately intrigued with this story. A few nights ago I looked up the soldier's unique last name online. Bob told me the tags also said that the hometown was New Lexington, Ohio. There were 8 or 9 people with that last name. I chose the oldest person from the list and dialed the number. A woman named Ramona answered, I explained the story and asked if she was related to Kenneth Plaisted. Right away she began to tell me all about him, and that Kenneth was her husband's uncle. The very first call was the right one. Kenneth never married or had children, so Ramona was the next if kin. She was thrilled that Bob had Uncle Kenneth's dog tags.
After a call with Bob, and an email to Ron Albers, we have arranged a meeting later this month at Motts Military Museum. Bob will hand over his near century old discovery to the Plaisted family. I'll write about it when it happens and add pictures.
This is certainly not what I expected from this website, but what a beautiful connection it made.