The West Point Ring Recovery Program is a volunteer service operated and funded by graduates and friends of the United States Military Academy. Its mission is to find and repatriate lost USMA class rings. Bill O'Neill, '92, oversees the Ring Recovery Program.

If you've found a West Point Ring, have questions, or need more information, write to Ring Recovery Program.

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Where do we get rings? Here is the story behind one we purchased off eBay.

As to where and when we bought the ring--We bought it at a yard sale on Feb. 21st in Bradenton, Florida and paid $125.00 for it. The young woman having the yard sale was a single mom by the name of Kelly. She didn't give us a last name. This will most likely totally blow your mind.

We stopped to look at her sale and since she had nothing we usually buy, Ed asked her if she had any antique porcelain, etc, etc, good costume jewelry or real jewelry. She said that she has a small jewelry box of old things and went into the house to get it.

When she came out, she gave us the box and said that she had gotten the box from her Aunt. Her Son blurts out, "Mommy, you got that out of the trash when we....." Kelly hushed him up and started to cry.

I took her aside to talk to her and that is when I found out that she was a single mom of 3 children and her husband had left them about 4 months prior. She has a part time job but isn't making ends meet, so she starting going through the items that were put out for the trash pick up and having yard sales to sell the items that were still decent. She asked $30.00 for the ring but, since it was fairly heavy and 14K, we gave her the $125.00 since she obviously needed money. We figured the ring was worth that much in the weight of the gold. Plus, I have a 26 yr old Daughter who is a single Mom of 2 children who struggles all the time making ends meet. I would hope that people would help my Rachel out when she needed help since she lives a few states away and we don't always know when things are tight. So there you have it.

Heaven only knows where this ring has been, but we do know that it is on its way to you.

Donations by mail can be made to:

West Point Ring Recovery Program
c/o WP-ORG Inc.
23802 Oscar Road
Spicewood, TX 78669

Please indicate class year and affiliation. We are ever so grateful for your consideration.

WP-ORG, Inc., is recognized by the IRS as a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. 100% of your donation to Ring Recovery Program is tax deductible. Our EIN is 51-0387132.

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