LAS VEGAS - The owner of a U.S. Marine Corps ring that was discovered in a Las Vegas restaurant has been found. A Las Vegas woman first reported the lost ring to 8 on Your Side.
Geri Hart had a mission to find the owner of a ring her son Dillian found six months ago at a Burger King. The ring bears a red stone in the center, a U.S. Marine Corps emblem on top and two significant places and dates etched on the sides – ‘Tun Tavern 1775' and ‘Iwo Jima 1945'.
With the help of 8 on Your Side, Geri found the rightful owner: 16-year-old Andrew Penn.
"The first thing I thought was, man, they are expecting an old Marine Corps veteran to have left their ring, and I'm only 16," Penn said.
This young man has a heart to serve, however, and the ring is very special to him. Andrew bought the ring in Florida after his ROTC drill team took first place at nationals. He lost the ring two weeks later.
"I never thought I'd see this thing again," he said.
He probably wouldn't have if Dillian, an Army recruit himself, hadn't found it. Dillian and his mother Geri reported the lost ring to 8 on Your Side. The rest is history.
"I was extremely happy to see that someone cared so much over what some people would think is just a ring," Andrew said. "I know we shared the same feeling that this is more than a ring."
Now that Andrew has been reunited with his ring, he promises he won't lose it again.
"(I am) going to wear it every day to everywhere so that there are less chances of me losing it," he said.
These two families with a shared love of the military say they will now be connected for life.