Navy Vet Swims for Fallen Comrades

(Courtesy of Jessica Machetta/KMOX)ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Chris Ring is swimming the length of the Mississippi and has made it to the halfway mark in St. Louis Monday night.
Ring is a Navy combat veteran and he just finished his 107th day of swimming the length of the river to raise awareness for fallen soldiers. He says being cheered on by those who have lost their loved ones standing on the shore, keeps him going.

“What carries me on from day to day is hearing their stories and being able to carry that with the rest of the group and raise awareness nationally for them,” says Ring.

Jim and Susan Jacobs of Ballwin were there to meet Ring at the shore. They lost their son Zachary five years ago in Afghanistan on a route clearance mission.

“They mean the world to us that someone cares,” says Susan Jacobs. “That’s our whole purpose anymore, is making sure no one ever forgets.”
Ring says swimming the Mississippi is a different experience every day with temperature changes, currents and storms. He hopes to reach the Gulf on Veterans Day.

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