Kiwi’s ID found in Pearl Har­bour

Stratford Press - - What's On - By KURT BAYER NZ Her­ald

A Whanganui-born sailor’s naval iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card has been found at the bot­tom of Pearl Har­bour.

The wa­ter-marked Royal New Zealand Navy’s ID card, which be­longed to a Nigel Vin­cent Fos­ter, was re­cently dredged out of the fa­mous Hawai­ian naval base by a con­trac­tor.

Born in Whanganui in Oc­to­ber 1945 — nearly four years after the Ja­panese at­tack on Pearl Har­bour naval base which dragged the United States into World War II — it’s not yet clear how, or when, Fos­ter’s ID card came to be in Hawaii.

A photo of the ID card was posted on the Royal New Zealand Navy’s com­mu­nity Face­book page this week. It shows that Fos­ter, No 17680, had been as­signed to train­ing es­tab­lish­ment HMNZS Ta­maki.

“Mr Fos­ter would be in his 70s now if still alive, but it would be fun to re­turn his card if any­one can shed any clues,” says the post­ing, which has since been shared 14,000 times.

The New Zealand De­fence Force (NZDF) has now tracked down Fos­ter, aged 72.

“Mem­bers of Mr Fos­ter’s fam­ily were made aware of the post­ing and got in con­tact with the Royal New Zealand Navy, and pro­vided the navy with a con­tact phone num­ber,” a NZDF spokesman said. “The con­trac­tor who dis­cov­ered the ID card while dredg­ing Pearl Har­bour has put the card in the mail to the New Zealand De­fence Force. The Royal New Zealand Navy will make ar­range­ments for a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to re­turn the card to Mr Fos­ter when it ar­rives.”

PHOTO / NZDF

The New Zealand sailor’s naval ID card was fished out of Pearl Har­bour by a con­trac­tor.

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