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WWII dog tags found on beach in '66 returned to family

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 and provided by Audrey Berk, Berk, left, of Queens, N.Y., and Laurie Lubin of Bellmore, N.Y., hold the World War II dog tags of Berk's father, Irving Isaacs in Bellmore, N.Y. Lubin found the tags on a New York City beach in the summer of 1966 and spent the next 50 years trying to return them. Lubin finally tracked down Isaacs' daughter with the help of The Associated Press and gave her the dog tags at a Bellmore restaurant on Aug. 22. (Audrey Berk/Laurie Lubin/Clifford Kaplan via AP)

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 and provided by Audrey Berk, Berk, left, of Queens, N.Y., and Laurie Lubin of Bellmore, N.Y., hold the World War II dog tags of Berk's father, Irving Isaacs in Bellmore, N.Y. Lubin found the tags on a New York City beach in the summer of 1966 and spent the next 50 years trying to return them. Lubin finally tracked down Isaacs' daughter with the help of The Associated Press and gave her the dog tags at a Bellmore restaurant on Aug. 22. (Audrey Berk/Laurie Lubin/Clifford Kaplan via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A World War II veteran's dog tags found on a New York City beach 50 years ago have been returned to the man's family.

Laurie Lubin, of Bellmore, on Long Island, tells The Associated Press she was at Rockaway Beach in 1966 when she found military identification tags bearing the name: Irving Isaacs. She says she checked local phone books, but found no one with that name.

During the decades that followed, she tried unsuccessfully to track down Isaacs. With help from a New York-based Associated Press researcher, she recently found one of Isaacs's daughters, Audrey Berk, who lives in Queens. Isaacs was a Brooklyn native who served in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Europe. He died in 1992.

Lubin met Berk and gave her the dog tags.