Ernest Rousch, 77, reflects on his 30-year career in the Navy, serving as a Chief Petty Officer. He says he'll never forget when he finally qualified for submarine duty, getting his dolphin wings and his engraved yellow gold ring.
"It had 'U.S. Navy' on it and had dolphins on the side, and then it had my birthstone, and I've had that since June of 1962," Rousch said. "It was quite sentimental to me,"
But Rousch's ring is now gone, in the hands of burglars, along with his watch and $66 dollars in coins. "From the outside they forced open this door," said Rousch.
Rousch said the thieves broke in through the back door of his Port Orange home between Friday and Saturday, when he was out of town. "In here is where I had my dress watch, about a $200 watch, and then I had my submarine ring laying here ,and they took that," he said.
He said he normally wears the ring all the time, but on that day, he chose to take it off. To make matters worse, he said he was planning on donating the $66 that was stolen to charity for school children.
"That really hurt me," Rousch said. "I do feel sorry for the person that broke into my home, and hopefully his conscience will play on him and give him no rest."
Volusia County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the burglary and are asking anyone with information to call their office.