For the last 13 years, Luke Berube has been scuba diving in shallow lakes and ponds in Massachusetts. He’s found valuable coins, platinum jewelry and even a shoe buckle from the mid-1700s.
But during a recent dive, he found a very special treasure a high school class ring from 1960, with the initials WJW etched inside.
Luke did some detective work and found that the ring was from a small high school in South Boston that had been closed in 2009. He then put the word out through a private Facebook page for alumni that he had the ring, along with his contact information.
Sure enough. The owner of the ring 77-year-old William Joseph Wadel was located and his long lost class ring was returned.
William admits that he hadn’t thought about his lost class ring in decades, but definitely remembers when it went missing.
And Luke, who believes he’s found more than 400 rings underwater, was happy to find this ring and make sure that the story behind it had a happy ending.