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Historian accused of stealing American war heroes\' dog tags to sell on eBay

by:Keke Jewelry     2020-04-10
For two years, historians have been checking American archives at a National Archives in Maryland. S.
Pilot who crashed in Germany
Controlled Europe during World War II.
Last week, 32-year-old Antonin dehaysyear-
Federal investigators say the old Frenchman has finally admitted one reason: he has been stealing dog cards from dead American heroes and selling a lot on eBay.
S. archivist David Ferrero said in a statement on Tuesday: \"The theft of our history should provoke any citizen,\" \"but as a veteran, I am shocked that a historian would show such disregard for the record and artifacts of people captured or killed in World War II.
Prosecutors say Deuser will face up to ten years in prison if convicted.
In 2005, a Virginia man was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing dozens of civil wars.
Including Jefferson Davis and Robert E.
Li of the National Archives
Five years ago, a filing official admitted that nearly 1,000 records had been stolen, many of them rare.
Although the archivist did not realize until this year that any label for World War II had been stolen, investigators claim that dehays\'s plan dates back to the fall of 2015, when he visited the National Archives at University Park in Maryland twice to check Henry W\'s archivesDavis, a U. S.
The pilot fell in the war.
Special Agent David Berry of the inspector general\'s office later found an article in French with a photo of dehaus and an excerpt from his book \"saints\"Mere-
American sanctuary in Normandy 1944-1948.
The complaint said: \"It also includes a picture of Davis\'s dog card, which seems to be the same as the photo taken by the archives as well.
The same dent near the necklace hole.
The same dirt is below. right corner.
However, the article says the dog tag belongs to \"privacy of collection \"--
Private collection.
On December 2016, DeHays read the file of Leonard R carefully.
The story of Willette is very special because he flew for the legendary taziji pilot and also because one of his dog cards is brass, which is very rare.
Later, in a newsletter at the Military Aviation Museum in spring 2017, DeHays and Willette appeared together in a story.
The article tells the story of the pilot, explaining that he had missed the opportunity to attend West Point because he did not want to wait any longer for the war. On Sept.
1944. he escorted the bomber at P-
When his engine lost oil pressure, he crashed over Germany.
On the same day, his mother received a private telegram from Eleanor Roosevelt, who wrote to express her sympathy.
The article says DeHays donated Willette\'s dog tag, but asked for help in exchanging: sitting on a fire jet, the dream of a \"bucket list\" in Antonin came true
\"Above the story is a photo of violet and his dog tag, next to DeHays, who grinned in the cockpit of the fighter.
On May 12, 2017, DeHays returned to the National Archives at least once again.
He asked to see box 352, and he left after 24 minutes.
Two weeks later, a staff member found about 30 dog cards in box 352 missing now.
On Friday, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at DeHays\'s home in University Park, where they found six dog tags and related documents belonging to the file, the indictment said.
Authorities say DeHays admitted that he stole the historical artifacts for \"private economic benefit\" and sold them on eBay.
DeHays did not respond to a request for comment, having worked as a researcher at the non-profit education organization National History Day until his home was raided last week.
A spokesman for the nonprofit said DeHays had been fired but did not elaborate.
His LinkedIn page says he received a master\'s degree and a doctorate at a French university.
Dehays\'s Facebook page is filled with photos of old-fashioned military aircraft and flattering service personnel who fought in World War II. On Jan.
On the 26 th, he posted five photos of his visit in the most popular place in the local area and attached this message: \"The day spent at the National Archives is always a good day. \"
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