HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A embellished Vietnam War veteran from Lengthy Island lastly has his canine tags again.
Dennis Kostendader misplaced the army ID tags throughout fight in 1967.
They had been lately discovered by the Vietnamese authorities and despatched again to the US.
The Marine doesn’t bear in mind shedding the tags, however he now has them again to go together with his Silver Star and 4 Purple Hearts.
“It’s sort of wonderful, yeah, in spite of everything these years,” Kostendader mentioned.
He says he doesn’t consider himself as a hero.
“I shouldn’t have survived. I shouldn’t have,” he mentioned.
Kostendader was born and raised in Huntington earlier than transferring to Arizona after he received out of the army.