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Wounded Marine sacrifices finger to save wedding ring

post #1 of 22
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"When Marine Lance Cpl. David Battle learned he'd either have to sacrifice his ring finger or the wedding band he wore, he told doctors at a field hospital in Iraq to cut off the finger."

"With his approval, doctors severed his finger, but somehow in the chaos that followed, they lost his ring."

More here: http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-ring13.html

If this were fiction it would be unbelievable. Brought tears to my eyes.

Ann
post #2 of 22
Now that's devotion!!
post #3 of 22
If it were my husband, I would prefer he save his finger than a ring. I can be sentimental about objects but not THAT sentimental.
post #4 of 22
I´m spechlees....
post #5 of 22
Oh, my
On the one hand, I admire his devotion.

But I would think his wife would have wanted him to keep his finger - he could always get another ring.
post #6 of 22
Jason told me about it last night.. how sad for him.. They lost it after he literally tithed a piece of himself to keep it :/ that's love though
post #7 of 22
rings can be replaceble though silly man
post #8 of 22
If I was married to a man that would do that, I'd question my choice in men. Call me unromantic but what a stupid thing to do! With the rate of divorce in North America, chances are he's sacrificed it for nothing and he won't be married to that woman 10 years from now!
post #9 of 22
I might need to be added to the unromantic list...
While that guy is obviously loving/caring, that was a very stupid thing to do!
Things would start flying if my fiance ever did something like that!
post #10 of 22
i think that it was awesome of him to do that..


but, he could have got a new ring, and... i mean... he was trying to make a point that he wanted to keep it because he was being sentimental.. but, in the end, he lost it anyhow, soo.. he lost both...
post #11 of 22
I would definitely rather have a man with a finger to put a ring onto. That really is sad but yep, I agree, I admire his devotion. Material things are replaceable... fingers aren't. That's not just love... that's tough love.
post #12 of 22
He must have not thought about the fact that if they saved the ring he didn't have a finger to put it on??? Kinda silly if you ask me.....
post #13 of 22
That's a sad thing to say, Yosemite, that in 10 years he might not be married to the same woman. Granted, who's to say what'll happen, but still..

When I first heard this story I thought he was very dedicated... then I realized he was only 19 and had JUST gotten married... I think if he was 70 and had been wearing that ring for 50 years that's one thing, but after wearing it for only a few months? I'd rather my hubby keep his finger, I can get him a new ring!
post #14 of 22
ooooooo thats gross. I don't know what to say other than I'd never do it.
post #15 of 22
I'm sure he would regret it if the marriage doesn't last, but...

I'm not a romantic by any stretch of the imagination, but I think it was an incredible thing to do. If that were my husband I would love him all the more for wanting to preserve the symbol of our marriage to such an extent. And I think it is simply tragic that they lost the ring anyway.
post #16 of 22
That's a literal case of giving someone the finger.

Poor guy.
post #17 of 22
i would kick my dh's butt. and i would flick his finger wound whenever he annoyed me. that is stupid, but I guess at 19 we all were..
post #18 of 22
"Symbol" is the key here. I told Josh last night that if the same thing were to happen to him that he should cut off the ring. Neither one of us really needs a ring... I love him and I know he loves me... we show it in everything we do.
post #19 of 22
That guy was on the new here last night and what he said was kind of sweet. He said that he didn't want the ring cut of because that would break the circle. Some people view their ring as more than a sentimental object. They view it as a symbol of their marriage, he was afraid if the circle was broken it would hurt his marriage.

I have friend that with her first marriage her ring had scroll work done and thus had holes in it. She believes that her marriage also had holes in it (Her husband cheated on her) so when she remarried, she made sure she got a simple band...no ending no beginning.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by mrsd
That's a literal case of giving someone the finger.

Poor guy.
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by GrayKittenLove
I have friend that with her first marriage her ring had scroll work done and thus had holes in it. She believes that her marriage also had holes in it (Her husband cheated on her) so when she remarried, she made sure she got a simple band...no ending no beginning.
That's really interesting... kinda makes you think about your wedding ring (present or future) a bit more.
post #22 of 22
When my brother was little, he slammed a door on my Mum's hand. She lost the tip of her ring finger, and her wedding band had to be cut off. I never knew that ring without a cut in it. Didn't seem to hurt her marriage, though -- they were just months from their 50th anniversary when she died -- and those rings were never off her hand, except for that incident.

It was a sweet sentiment on the guy's part, but I think sentiment can be carried too far -- and in his case it was.
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