Rock­mart fam­ily donating found dog tags to His­tory Mu­seum

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

Fam­ily plans to do­nate dog tags to Rock­mart His­tory Mu­seum

Re­cently through so­cial me­dia, the fam­ily of Eu­gene Ter­rell Brack­ett was in­formed that one of his dog tags long lost and for­got­ten dur­ing World War II was found in where he lost it in Italy.

An­gelo D’am­ico was walk­ing in a field near Alife, Italy when he made the dis­cov­ery. Through a re­search or­ga­ni­za­tion, he was able to con­tact the fam­ily and re­turn the dog tag, beau­ti­fully framed.

Eu­gene Ter­rell Brack­ett served in the United States Army from Fe­bru­ary of 1943 un­til Novem­ber 1945. Not much was avail­able on­line for the gen­eral pub­lic for his ser­vice records, but it did re­port that he en­tered the Army like many at the time as a Pri­vate at Fort McPher- son in At­lanta. His en­list­ment like all men who were called to serve at the time was for the du­ra­tion of the war, plus six months.

Con­trary to what the finder thought, Brack­ett sur­vived and re­turned home along with two of his older brothers, Char­lie and Carl.

Brack­ett is sur­vived by three nieces and two neph­ews.

Alife, Italy is on the Ital­ian penin­sula di­rectly north of Naples, and sits in the same re­gion as the first of sev­eral de­fen­sive lines held by Ger­man and Ital­ian forces be­tween the be­gin­ning of the Al­lied In­va­sion of Italy.

The Volturno line — named for the river north of Naples in the Ital­ian coun­try­side that formed a western nat­u­ral de­fen­sive bar­rier — was the first that Al­lied armies faced dur­ing a two year long cam­paign. The ul­ti­mate goal of that cam­paign was to keep Axis forces from be­ing used to block a main­land in­va­sion in June 1944 in Nor­mandy, along with tak­ing Rome and knock­ing Italy out of the war.

Brack­ett was a sur­vivor of a cam­paign in Italy that by the end of the war cost the lives of 119,200 Amer­i­can per­son­nel out of nearly 336,000 suf­fered by the Al­lies, and the es­ti­mated 1.5 to more than 1.75 mil­lion Ger­mans and Ital­ians who also died in the con­flict.

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The neph­ews of Eu­gene Brack­ett, Max Cham­bers and Ron­ald Brack­ett, show off one of their un­cle’s dog tags found in Italy and was re­turned back to Rock­mart.

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