Elizabeth found an obituary for Samuel P. Loftus! It contains details of family members who are quite likely living so she sent it to me privately. I'm going to share part of the obit here so readers can see what progress is being made. Perhaps someone else can track down Samuel's son and daughter - we are so close to being able to send these dog tags back to the family!
Wallowa County Chieftain (Enterprise, OR) - February 7, 2008
Deceased Name: Obituaries: Samuel LoftusSamuel Patrick Loftus, 84, died Feb. 3, 2008, in Pendleton. The third of five children, Sam was born on Aug. 11, 1923, to Jim and Lucy Loftus on Elk Mountain. He spent most of his childhood at Imnaha. After high school graduation in 1942, Sam enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served three years in Europe during World War II.During his military time, he met Laura Mae Jones of Gordon, Texas, and they married in 1947. In 1950, Sam was called back to active military duty and spent one year serving in the Korean conflict. [portions removed]Preceded in death by his wife of 52 years in 2000, Sam is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, [names removed] of Pendleton; his daughter and son-in-law, [names removed]; two granddaughters; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter, all of Portland.