Estero man works tirelessly to reunite Marine with lost ring

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ESTERO, Fla.- A local man spent months trying to reunite a Marine with a lost ring.

Gary Porter says his son came home from boot camp at Parris Island this July, with something that didn’t belong to him.

“When he unloaded his gear, he found one of his co-Marine’s graduation rings,” said Porter.

Porter said his son was off to combat training soon after, and asked his dad to please get it back to the owner, Lavaughn Frame.

“I had tried to contact the gentleman through social media and I thought I had kind of found a way to get in touch with him. I had emailed and mailed a letter out to an address I found, but never got any response,” said Porter.

Porter said that was back in July. After a while, reuniting the two slipped to the back of his mind. But then Porter reached out to WINK News, and we reached out to Frame.

We eventually got in touch with his mom, who told us her son is grateful Porter tried so hard to find him.

Porter said for him, the story hit close to home. His father was a bomber pilot in World War II and lost his ring when he was shot down over Austria.

“Years later, one of the local officials in the Austrian town, one of the farmers, had overturned his ring as he was plowing the field. He gave it to an official and through the military, they contacted my dad and we got the ring back.”

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