Lost honorary military dog tag found

HOUSTON - It’s been a painful eight months for Donna McGrew who lost her son in a terrible naval accident in January.

But after months of sorrow, there was finally something for this Gold Star mother to celebrate.

Her son, Marine Corps Maj. Shawn Campbell, was killed along with 11 other Marines when their helicopters collided during a training exercise off the coast of Hawaii.

A woman from the USO made three commemorative dog tags for the victims from the Houston area. The woman lost the one for Maj. Campbell about a week ago, but it turned up Tuesday at a local car wash.

Charles Monk, the man who found the dog tag, posted about it on Facebook. KHOU 11 News shared the post with Campbell’s mom and started working to get the two parties together.

“It means the world to me. And I am just so thankful that the people cared enough to seek us out, and that you cared enough to help make the connection,” McGrew said.

Monk said having a daughter, he couldn’t imagine what McGrew’s family has gone through.

McGrew is thankful Monk gave her the precious dog tag and said holding it is like bringing her son home again.

“It’s a treasure we’re going to treasure that I didn’t even know existed until you found it and brought it to me,” McGrew said to Monk.

And Monk had thanks of his own to express.

“I want to thank your son for all he’s done for our freedom. All his brothers and sisters out there. Thank you all,” he said.

It was a moment neither of them will soon forget. Both Monk and McGrew said they’ve formed a special connection and plan to stay in touch.


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