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UPDATE:

LANSING, Mich. (Lansing State Journal) -- We asked our readers to help us locate the family of Phillip Nichols, a WWII soldier from Lansing whose dog tags were discovered in the Netherlands.

You came through.

We've located Nichols' oldest-living relative, a cousin who lives in Battle Creek named Herb Nichols.

"He was a good old guy," Herb Nichols said by phone this morning. "He would never talk about the bad things that happened over there."

Check back with the Lansing State Journal for a full story on Nichols' service and how his dog tags ended up buried along a road in Holland.
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LANSING, Mich. (Lansing State Journal) -- Help us honor a WWII soldier by bringing his dog tags home

A man in the Netherlands discovered the dog tags of a WWII soldier from Lansing named Phillip Nichols and wants to return them to Nichols' family.

We want to help him but need your assistance, too.

Our research has found that a WWII soldier of the same name passed away in 2003 and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing. He earned a Silver Star during his service with E Company, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles."

We cannot, however, find any records of local family. His dog tags list a Lottie Nichols of Birch Street as next of kin.

If you knew Phillip A. Nichols, Lottie Nichols or anyone else from the family, please contact reporter Louise Knott Ahern at lkahern@lsj.com

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