RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Cold and hungry as a World War II prisoner, David C. Cox traded his prized gold aviator's ring to a fellow POW for some chocolate bars. Now, after seven decades, it has finally made its way home.
The ring arrived last week at the Raleigh, N.C., home of his son. It was returned by a German man, whose American neighbors used the inscription and Google to help track down the late flier's family.
The elder Cox, a B-17 co-pilot, was shot down in July 1943 and spent the rest of the war in German POW camps.
He traded the ring in 1945, not long before his liberation. The man who returned it says his grandparents got the ring from a Russian soldier, probably in exchange for room and board.