Historian and collector Antonin DeHays was recently sentenced to 364 days in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release for the theft of U.S. service members’ dog tags and other records from the public research room at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. Specifically, DeHays stole at least 291 U.S. service members’ dog tags and at least 134 other records from the National Archives at College Park. Some of these dog tags bore evidence of damage, such as dents and charring due to fire sustained during crashes of Allied aircraft that were shot down or crash-landed within German-controlled areas of Europe during World War II.
The National Archives has recovered many, but not all, of the stolen items. Items still missing are identified on our Lost and Stolen Documents website: https://www.archives.gov/research/recover/wwii-id-tags
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of any of these items, please contact the Archival Recovery Program at MissingDocuments@nara.gov or 301-837-3153.