In February, Congressman Marshall’s office received a call from a friend of 1st Lieutenant James Garberg, a WWII vet from Minneapolis, Minn. While going through his wartime memorabilia Mr. Garberg found the dog tags of one of his soldiers, Ernest Childers Jr. from Beloit, Kan. Mr. Garberg and Mr. Childers, Jr. were part of the 32nd infantry regiment that retook Attu Island back from the Japanese in 1943. Lt. Garberg had carried him from the battleground after he suffered injuries that he later died from.
When Lt. Garberg’s friend, Lt Col. (Ret.) Mike DePuglio, contacted the office for help with finding Childers’ next of kin or any living descendants to return the tags to, Congressman Marshall’s office reached out to the Mitchell County Historical Society, which was able to track down the obituary of Childers’ brother, Dorse Childers. Dorse and his wife had a son that they named after Ernest Childers.
Today, Ernest Childers’ nephew received the dog tags from Lt. Col. Mike DePuglio at Congressman Marshall’s Salina office.