TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida veteran will be receiving much more than he ever imagined this Veterans Day.
Retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Rolfe Arnhym proudly wore his 1953 West Point ring until he lost it during the Vietnam War.
“While I was on a combat operation, something made me look down at my class ring. I don't know what. And I noticed that the stone was gone from the ring.” Arnhym remembered.
He never expected to see his class ring again, but 49 years later his ring is on its way back to him.
“A lady had my ring,” Arnhym said. “When she took it to a jeweler to have it appraised they noticed my name was on the inside.”
Arnhym said he couldn't believe it.
“It was like the note in the bottle. I could have done the same thing with putting it in a bottle in the South China Sea and hung around L.A. waiting for it,” said Arnhym. “I figure this is the closure I had sort of put it behind me, but this really is the final act.”
Arnhym will receive his ring just in just in time for Veterans Day.