Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A Dutch man who uses a metal detector to search for World War II relics has found the long-buried dog tag of Kansas soldier.
Now, 29-year-old Rico Peters is looking for relatives of Jesse G. Burris. The Great Bend Tribune reports that Peters learned through his research that Burris was born in Great Bend in 1916. Burris joined the Army in 1941 as a warrant officer. He survived the war and died in 2001 at the age of 85, and is buried in the Kansas City area.
For now Peters is keeping the dog tag in a small museum he's started. Other relics he's uncovered in the woods around his home of Kerkrade include tooth brushes, tubes of shaving cream, buttons and shell casings.