In this series, we have selected 100 metal detecting finds that were extremely difficult to detect and recover, and provide details on the circumstances and techniques that contributed to their successful recovery.
KEEPER: This is one of the dog tags for AE Arrington, a Missisippian who fought in WWII. He died a few years right before I found this, and I am continuing to locate a family member to return it to.
SITE: Family land and homesite
SITE EVALUATION: 5 of 10 A few silvers and wheats and several pieces of WWII memorobilia in a bed of tornado debris
Beginners Luck: I’d hunted this site several times, and it was fun because it was walking distance from my mother-in-laws house in the country. My daughter, who was only 6 or 7 at the time, wanted to swing my detector, and while I was talking to my wife she said she had something. I’m like “yeah right”. And I went over and I kid you not she had a repeatable signal. And her first find ever in the first hole she ever dug (I helped) was a WWII dog tag. And in over 30 years I’ve still never dug one.
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