Class Ring Recovery Program
Sometime between 1999 and 2000, subscribers to the West Point Forum noticed something that required immediate action: someone was trying to sell a Class of '54 ring on e-bay. Forum member Bill O'Neill posted that if the group collected money for a bid, he would put the first $20. Thus the West Point Ring Recovery Fund was born. Since that time, Bill and his assistants - LTC (Ret.) David McClellan (the father of a '01 grad and former faculty member) and LTC Mike McGurk '85 - have recovered 32 lost or stolen rings.
The Ring Recovery Fund is an out-of-pocket operation relying on contributions from classes or individual graduates. Donations to the program can be made on the Ring Recovery site. The Ring Recovery site is also the forum for disseminating information, promoting discussion, and providing reports pertaining to the recovery of Academy rings to their rightful owner (reimbursement is not required, but donation is appreciated). Those interested in the Ring Recovery Fund should complete the “Subscribe Now” form at www.west-point.org/wp/ring_recovery/join.cgi or send email to email@example.com.