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Grand Rapids man finds WWII dog tags in the Grand River, hopes to reunite them with veteran's family

Posted at 1:59 PM, Oct 01, 2021

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Adam Gross took up magnet fishing as a hobby a few years ago.

Off the bridge on Leonard Street earlier this week, Gross caught something that wasn't his.

“They’re dated 1943, so who knows when they actually ended up in there,” Adam Gross said.

Dog tags belonging to Clifford J. Voigt, located at the bottom of the Grand River.

He was a World War II veteran, originally from Grand Rapids.

Through some internet sleuthing, Gross was able to find Voigt's obituary. Voigt was laid to rest in Mesa, Arizona, at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.

“It would be awesome to go in person, you know? Hand it over, you know? But Arizona and Michigan, we’re quite a ways away,” Gross said.

Gross did the next best thing and reached out to the cemetery.

“Next step is just waiting on the cemetery. We’re going to see if I write a letter to the family, and they hand that over. Or if I hand my information over to the cemetery, and they contact me back,” Gross said.

Gross says he hopes Voigt's family reaches out. If not, he hopes this story reaches them.

“They’re not just dog tags. They’re someone’s history,” Gross said.

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