Vacationer’s viral social media post helped return U.S. Marine Corps ring to rightful owner
You never know what you’ll find on the beach. In the case of a visitor who happened to be vacationing on a beach in Siesta Key, Florida, for her wedding anniversary, a little shiny something made itself readily apparent, and she immediately identified it as somebody’s lost treasure.
Suzanne Rogers found a U.S. Marine Corps ring on July 23, which she initially mistook for a bottle cap, whilst playing football with her best friend on the beach.
It was that shiny glimmer though that caught her attention and her curiosity. Sure enough, it was somebody’s lost ring.
Inscribed in the ring was “PLT 1041, 6-30-17,” which Rogers later learned means Platoon 1041, Parris Island, graduation date June 30, 2017.
Turning to social media, Rogers asked for help to locate the ring’s owner and tagged the Marine Corps.
Much to Rogers’s surprise, her call for help went viral after being shared more than 1,500 times in a week.
Friends will you please share this post?! I found a Marine Corps ring on Siesta Key Beach today in Florida. I’m hoping…
“I was like, seriously? I have had so many people reach out to me,” she wrote.
Most importantly, it was seen by a friend of the ring’s owner after the story was picked up by local media. Word really gets around.
“He’s not on Facebook, so he didn’t see me post it,” Rogers said. “He just happened to casually mention to a coworker that he lost a ring and a rosary on the beach. The friend saw my post in the newspaper and told him about it.”
Rogers was finally connected with the ring’s purported owner, Jaime Andrade, a Tampa resident who’s in the reserves.
She wasn’t absolutely sure the ring belonged to him at first, so she did her homework by analyzing a list of graduates from Parris Island in 2017. She learned that Andrade was meant to graduate on June 30, 2017, but due to an injury he graduated on July 14, 2017. All the information clicked into place, and Andrade was indeed the rightful owner of the ring.
The two met up, luckily still during Rogers’s vacation. She described him as a “super sweet guy, super young—only 22 years old—very shy.”
I want to thank everyone that shared my post about finding the Marine Corps ring here in siesta key beach. The owner has…
Through their conversation, Rogers learned that Andrade had gone swimming one night and left the ring with his shoes on the beach, which he ended up leaving behind.
Being the lovely lady that she is, Rogers treated Andrade to a beer and a game of pool.
Thanks to social media, and more importantly Rogers’s eagerness to help a stranger out, the story of the lost ring was made loud and clear, and a marine has been reunited with his ring.
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