December 21, 2004

A Soldier's Story

December 17th has come and gone and the good news is that I still have my wedding ring. As you might remember, L and I had a bet about whether or not I'd lose it by then. Looks like she'll be treating me to dinner.

If I ever need any inspiration for holding on to my ring - as if my love for L and the memory of our wedding day weren't reasons enough - I can always look to the brave men of our military for inspiration.

Marine Chooses Wedding Ring Over Finger.

It's an incredible tale of love and devotion, but unfortunately one with a less-than-happy ending: the Marine, after having his finger cut off to save his wedding ring, lost the ring in the "chaos that followed."

I've been looking for follow-up stories to see if the Marine, Lance Corporal David Battle, has returned to Iraq or if he's home recovering with his wife, but have been unable to find any. I'd love to know if they replaced the ring. If they haven't, perhaps readers could chip in to buy him a new one.

I'll look around and see what I can find, but if you know anything about him please leave the info in the comments below or write me via electronic mail using the link on the side of the site.

Posted by Doug at December 21, 2004 02:13 PM

Just so you know, a well known jewelery store has offered this Marine a replacement free of charge.

Posted by: Jecsyka at December 22, 2004 12:19 PM

D'oh! Well, perhaps we can think of something else to do for him.

Posted by: Doug at December 22, 2004 08:30 PM

Doesn't anyone else think this is nuts? I mean if I were his wife I'd much rather he kept as many of his body parts as possible over a piece of replaceable metal, wedding ring or not. Isn't it about their life together more than the symbol of it?

Posted by: ellison at December 25, 2004 06:51 PM

Maybe cutting off his finger was a way for him to get out of returning to Iraq. Even if his motivation was to make his wife happy, this might have subconsciously affected his decision.

Posted by: Steve at December 27, 2004 11:49 AM