Ohioan's GI dog tag from WWII found outside Rome

The identification tag of an Ohio soldier who fought in Italy during World War II has been found there and returned to his 95-year-old widow.

The dog tag of Mike Baranek of Akron was spotted in April in a suburb southeast of Rome by a gardener and her friend.

The gardeners searched the Internet for clues about Baranek and connected with the historian for his 509th Parachute Infantry unit.

Records show he received a Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Cross and Bronze Stars.

Baranek died at age 64 in 1980.

He was living in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) Falls.

The Akron Beacon Journal  says his widow plans to send the dog tag to a granddaughter as a treasured family memento to have as she gets breast cancer treatment in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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