SPECIAL HISTORY: Anthony Egretz from the Queensland WW2 Relic Hunters Inc. is working to preserve Rockhampton's war time history.
SPECIAL HISTORY: Anthony Egretz from the Queensland WW2 Relic Hunters Inc. is working to preserve Rockhampton's war time history. Chris Ison ROK050816cdogtags5

Father and son duo find revealing part of CQ's war history

ANTHONY Egretz has been passionate about finding World War II relics since he was a young boy.

About two months ago, the 25-year old Stanwell man, with his father Greg, discovered dog tags which belonged to US Army Service Personnel.

"We were digging out a World War II dump that we had found two weeks prior and decided to finish it off,” he said.

One of the dog tags they found belonged to Henry Goldfine who had been stationed at Camp Rockhampton with the 41st Division US Army.

In October, Anthony and Tim Hill from American World War II Dog Tags, showed Henry's daughter, Linda Goldstein, her father's camp and the location of where they found it.

Anthony Egretz with some of the US Army dog tags he and his group have found in the Rockhampton area which they are trying to return to their owners or their descendents.    Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Anthony Egretz with some of the US Army dog tags he and his group have found in the Rockhampton area which they are trying to return to their owners or their descendents. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison ROK050816cdogtags6

By the end of the tour, Linda wept many happy tears as she reflected on her father.

She was thrilled to be able to add another chapter to her father's story, what he did and where he was based during World War II.

"It is rewarding for both as you know you're the first person to hold that relic since the soldiers had dropped it and is also fun to research the relic when you get home to know the purpose / what it look like when dropped,” Anthony said.

Anthony shared his passion for finding historic relics which he has enjoyed with his father.

"I started when I was young, when I learnt about the history and it wasn't until 2011 when we both decided to get metal detectors to find relics from World War II,” Anthony said.

"We both have been interested in military history our whole lives as we have family members that served.”

"It feels great to find relics with dad as we both can just have a great day relaxing and chilling out in the bush.”



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