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: