Woman seeks ring's rightful owner

July 22, 2008 4:07:23 PM PDT
The saying goes "finders keepers." But that's not the case in Delaware County, where even a politician is stepping into the effort to return a special something to whoever lost it.

The gold ring with a Marine Corps insignia was found in a 2nd floor men's room of the academic building at Delaware County Community College in Media. That was in January 2005.

"They contacted me because I am the veterans' rep, checking to see if anyone had requested it. And to this day we have not been able to find the owner," said Annette Kelly of DCCC.

The lost ring doesn't have a name inscribed but does bear a service number. With limited help from Veterans Affairs and the military, Kelly was able to match the service number with the name of Stanley Sladkovich, born in 1892 and apparently died in 1975.

"He would have been 83 at the time of his passing and it is just a fascinating story. And I just kept pulling it out and trying to find a little more information about it," Kelly said.

Sladkovich was a veteran of World War I and gold insignia rings, Kelly learned, were very popular among service men back then. Kelly who's own father was a military career man has solicited the aid of congressman Joe Sestak. She admits she has been on a mission to find relatives of Stanley Sladkovich.

"He must have handed it down to either a son or a grandson and I think they would be upset over that," Kelly said.

At the time the ring was found there was some construction work going on so it's possible the ring belonged to a worker, not necessarily a student. If anyone can help solve the mystery contact congressman Joe Sestak's office at 610-892-8623.

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