The Vietnamese government found and returned a decorated war veteran’s military ID tags.
Long Island native Dennis Kostendader lost his dog tags during combat in 1967, but now he can add them to his impressive collection that includes four Purple Hearts and Silver Star.
Kostendader does not even remember losing his tags.
“After all these years, it’s kind of amazing,” he said.
The marine does not even consider himself a hero.
“I should not have. I shouldn’t have survived.”
Kostendader was born and raised in Huntington, a town in Suffolk County, Long Island, in New york.