2nd Lt. David C. Cox, a prisoner in World War II, had reached his breaking point after a year and a half behind barbed wires. Deliveries of Red Cross parcels to Stalag VII-A had ceased, his fellow POWs were subsisting on scanty rations of bug-infested soup and bread while outside the wire, Adolf Hitler’s forces showed no signs of giving up.
Such conditions made the North Carolinian make a difficult decision. He slipped the gold aviator’s ring — a gift from his parents — off his finger and passed it through a fence to an Italian POW, who handed back a couple of chocolate bars. He would never again see the ring. But it did not disappear.
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