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Oct052011

Navy SEAL's Widow Uses Facebook to Find Lost Wedding Ring

Spike Mafford/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- The widow of one of the Navy SEALs killed in that deadly Afghanistan chopper crash in August has launched a Facebook campaign to help her recover her husband’s wedding band, after she misplaced it while traveling.

Kimberly Vaughn says her husband, Aaron Vaughn, would always leave his silver wedding band at home when he deployed overseas, and she would wear it on her thumb as a reminder of their love.

Vaughn was killed in Afghanistan in August when the Chinook helicopter he was on crashed after apparently being struck by a Taliban rocket propelled grenade, killing 30 American service members aboard. Vaughn was one of the 22 Navy SEALs killed in the crash.

Kimberly Vaughn told the Washington Post she was "crushed" to find that she’d accidentally lost the band while flying home from Texas.

She has created a Facebook page that retraces in great detail every stop she made during her flight from Houston through Charlotte to Washington D.C.  

Vaughn even describes how a helpful flight attendant helped her dismantle her airplane seat to look for the ring, once she realized she couldn’t find it.

Vaughn tells the Post she decided a social media campaign would be a way “to get a broad range of people to look at it, from people who work in airports to passengers who might have been on the plane.” She adds, ”I don’t need a ring as a reminder of our love...but it meant so much to me, and it is devastating to have it gone.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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