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Australian Man Helps Vietnam Veteran Reunite With Lost Dog Tags

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John Naismith, left. Lanny Martinson, Right. John Naismith, left. Lanny Martinson, Right.

Two men from opposites ends of the world have now found themselves locked in a friendship likely to last for the rest of their lives.

Lanny Martinson, who now lives in Texas, was a US marine serving his country in Vietnam. He was in Khe Sahn, forty five years ago, on June fourth when he was badly injured.

"When I got wounded, it ended up there was four dead and twelve wounded...so it was not a pleasant thing," Martinson recalls.

Martinson's dog tags were lost in Khe Sahn.

That is until Australian native, John Naismith, took a trip to Vietnam in 2011. Naismith says the trip unveiled a long lost treasure.

"And saw something shining in the dirt. It was half in the ground and a little bit out...low and behold it was a US Marine's dog tags," Naismith says. "I just thought maybe I can find him and post it back to him in the mail..."

"We started off e-mailing each other backwards and forwards and then we finally made the first phone call," Naismith says.

"They ask if my name was LP Martinson and I said yes it is, and he said I have something of yours," Martinson recalls.

The two finally met after a years long campaign on social media using Facebook. Naismith was able to track down Martinson. And with the help of a Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club in California, the two met in Texas.

"It's very overwhelming...I had to have a little alone time," says Martinson.

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