World War I Army Corps of Engineers ring lost in St. Paul - Now found and back with the Army Corps!

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This may be the best find of my life and the story is not over yet: In the spirit of The Ring Finders Network, I was able to donate a significant historical piece to the local Army Corps of Engineers.

I was metal detecting in a lake for fun when I found a really old ring stamped sterling that said War of 1917 on the face. I really had no idea what I had, but when I got home I realized that I had found a ring worn by a WWI Army veteran!

I posted a picture of the ring online and a gentleman from the St. Paul Army Corps of Engineers contacted and told me how excited he and his colleagues were about the find.  To make a long story short, the ring is now on display at the St. Paul Army Corps of Engineers office.

They had the ring professionally cleaned and that started a new chapter to this story.  Although I had cleaned the ring with electrolysis and polished as best as I could, the cleaning at the jeweler revealed a name and a 7-digit number!  The Army Corps is now working with their historian to find out who the person was and to see if the family can be located.

Here is a picture of the face of the ring and one of it sitting on display at the St. Paul Army Corps of Engineers:

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3 Responses to “World War I Army Corps of Engineers ring lost in St. Paul – Now found and back with the Army Corps!”

  1. John Volek says:

    Very Cool! Looking forward to the rest of the story.

    John
    TRF-Houston

  2. Mark Rubey says:

    Great find! Keep us posted on further developments.

  3. Jim Wren says:

    Incredible find and story Reese. A find to be truely found of!!! Like John and Mark said, please let us know the rest of the story.

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