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Teacher works to reunite military artifacts with families

"It's caused me to reflect on what we do in this museum – it's about personal stories and how artifacts can bring a person back to life," Frederick Maisel said.

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This Veterans Day takes on a special meaning at the Center for Military History at the Boys' Latin School of Maryland.

With some newfound military artifacts, the center's director has made it a mission to reunite them with the families of whom they belonged to.

"I get pretty emotional with the stuff so it's important to me. I had a brother who was killed in Korea," Boys' Latin Center for Military History Director Frederick "Butch" Maisel said.

It is a new mission for Maisel, who has taught military history at Boys' Latin for 41 years.

Maisel, who also serves as the co-curator of center's museum, is constantly looking for unique ways to present all of the artifacts.

A year ago, he met a man who had a trove of memorabilia from the Battle of Corregidor, including more than a dozen dog tags.

"When I saw what he had, the first thing I really looked at were the dog tags and they were really moving to me," Maisel said.

Most of the dog tags represent a military life lost at the Battle of Corregidor. Some of them you can't even read, however, Maisel told sister station WBAL-TV he's going to do all he can to reunite them with their relatives.

And he did just that with the tags of Private Charles E. Cook Jr. from New Bern, North Carolina.

Thanks to the internet and a local Veterans of Foreign Wars in New Bern in September, Maisel was able to locate Cook's niece, who accepted her uncle's dog tags at a special ceremony at the VFW hall.

"She was very composed but very grateful that it found its way back home," Maisel said.

Maisel gets some help from his son who helps co-curate the museum. He's also in the military and told WBAL bringing a military family even something as small as a dog tag can go a long way.

"Especially somebody who may have been MIA anything at all to bring them home, so to speak is extremely important and very valuable for the families and all of his buddies and comrades," museum co-curator and member of the Army National Guard Maj. Christian Maisel said.

Frederick Maisel is now working on a second soldier, Private Frank J. Acquavia from Dunkirk, New York.

He's already located two family members and plans to present them with their loved one's dog tags soon.

"It's caused me to reflect on what we do in this museum – it's about personal stories and how artifacts can bring a person back to life," Frederick Maisel said.