PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. -

Social media showed its power.

A man was reunited with his class ring after he lost it halfway across the world 25 years ago.

The last time John Sims saw his 1981 class ring from Miami Beach Senior High School was in 1989, when he was serving in the Navy off the coast of Italy. He was playing softball when he lost the ring.

"I thought it was gone forever," said Sims.

But a fellow Navy family living in Virginia found the ring inside an old softball glove and used Facebook to locate Sims. His name was engraved in the ring.

Sims, who now lives in Tennessee, said he's thankful to have his ring back.