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After 17 years, mystery of Marine’s missing ring finally solved

The ring, made of 10-carat gold and embedded with a garnet, his birthstone, perfectly captured the institution he loves. Adorned on one side with the Eagle, Globe and Anchor symbolic of the U.S. Marine Corps and on the other with the iconic flag-raising on Iwo Jima, the 1997 gift from his wife featured a two-line inscription.

Eduardo L. Moreno

Love, Trebis

It saluted his service and the shared military hitch that brought them together when they were stationed in San Diego. Around 2001, when he realized the ring was missing, Eddie Moreno was devastated, even though the couple had divorced years earlier.

“How do I explain this? It’s part of me,” says Moreno, 55 and now living in Brighton. “I’m a retired Marine of 22 years. Everyone leaves the service with something. For me, it was my Marine Corps ring. It’s something that, when I first got it, I knew I was going to die with it.”

But 17 years passed, and the ring never surfaced. Slowly, he came to grips with losing his cherished memento. Only recently did Moreno, who now works for the Federal Protective Service, reach the point of even toying with the idea of replacing the original.

And then he got a text message.

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While stationed in Denver in 2001, working at the Marines’ regional recruiting office on Sherman Street and doing physical training in City Park, Moreno also pulled a night shift working for UPS out at the airport. He first noticed that his left ring finger was bare as he drove home from work.

In the days after his discovery, he launched a frantic search, walking airport runways and scouring small cargo planes where the ring might have come loose during loading or unloading. He came up empty. He never told Trebis, though they remained on good terms after the divorce.

“I was just broken-hearted — and then there’s the embarrassment of it all,” Moreno says.

This is a copy photo of a photo of the Marine Corps 1st FSSG Combat Supply 7th Engineers unit of which Eddie Moreno was a part, in 1999 taken at his home on March 25, 2018 in Brighton.

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

This is a copy photo of a photo of the Marine Corps 1st FSSG Combat Supply 7th Engineers unit of which Eddie Moreno was a part, in 1999 taken at his home on March 25, 2018 in Brighton.

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