He thought it was lost forever.

But just shy of 50 years later, and on the eve of Veterans Day, 85-year-old Vietnam veteran Rolfe Arnhym of Tampa, Florida is being reunited with his beloved 1953 West Point class ring.

The ring made it through Vietnam but got lost when the U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel took it to a Hawaii jewelry shop for repair.

It never made it back to base camp, and Arnhym figured it was gone forever, until he received a call from a woman whose husband was killed in the war.

Ruth Pendergraft discovered the ring in a box of her husband's belongings in Joplin, Missouri.

Fox 13 Tampa reported:

"When she took it to a jeweler to have it appraised, they noticed my name was on the inside," Arnhym said.

How it got where it did is still unclear. But Arnhym isn't concerned about that.

"I couldn't believe it," Arnhym said. "It was like the note in the bottle. I could have done the same thing with putting it in a bottle in the South China Sea and hung around L.A. waiting for it."

Arnhym will receive the ring at a special ceremony which will include Pendergraft and several other Vietnam veterans.

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