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Navy veteran grateful to get back military coin

Posted at 10:47 AM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 20:05:19-05

The mystery behind a military coin found in Delray Beach has been solved.

The Frog Lounge at 1325 N. Federal Highway posted on Facebook that the coin turned up at the business on Sunday. The lounge wanted to get the word out in hopes of finding the owner.

A friend of the owner contacted WPTV after seeing our story Monday night, and put us in touch with the coin's owner, Anthony Liguori.

"The coin is representative of the Marines and the Second Battalion, 2011 Operation Enduring Freedom," Liguori told WPTV on Tuesday afternoon when he picked up the coin at the Frog Lounge. "My son Adam was in Afghanistan. My son-in-law Sam was Third Division Marines, and both of them served at the same time. And when my son came home he gave me this as a commemorative medal of what he did. And that's what it is to me."

Liguori, a Navy veteran, said he accidentally left the coin behind at the lounge on Sunday, and is grateful to get it back.

A bartender found the coin on the floor and put it in a safe.

Gene Playter, the owner of The Frog Lounge, said it was amazing to see the social media response. 

"It was the easiest nice thing I have ever done in my life," said Playter.

Liguori said he will remember that a random act of kindness can go along way.

"It is a message that I will take more seriously now," he said.