Paul Ring enlisted in the Marine Corps on May 22 1956. After seven and a half years of enlisted service as an infantryman MP, company clerk, and officer selection duty in Hawaii, Japan, and Kentucky, he was selected to attend Warrant Officer Candidate School. After graduation and appointment as a W-1, he attended a school of accounting to prepare him for service as a Fiscal Officer.
From there, Ring joined the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Danang, Vietnam where he served as Wing Fiscal Officer for a year, followed by another year doing the same thing for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, North Carolina.
Leaving Cherry Point in September 1967, Ring joined the Office of the Chief of Staff For Research, Development and Studies at Headquarters Marine Corps where he served as Fiscal Officer for three years. By this time he had accumulated two years of college credits at night school, mostly at the University of Maryland Extension. This made Ring eligible to apply for the Marine Corps College Degree Program. After selection, Ring attended the University of Maryland at College Park from September 1970 until graduation in June 1972.
Then it was time to go overseas again, this time to Okinawa to serve for a year as 3rd Marine Division fiscal officer. Upon returning to the U.S., he joined his wife, Barbara Brown, in Washington and together they sailed their new sailboat from there to Long Island, N.Y. where he would spend the next three years as the 1st Marine Corps District fiscal officer. On May 31st, 1976 Ring retired as a major.
They immediately boarded their sailboat and headed for warmer southern waters, and ended up in Fairhope October 14, 1976.
During their almost 40 years in Fairhope, Ring has supplemented his retirement by working as a student financial aid director, buying and selling some real estate, writing for sailing magazines and doing some boat repair work. For fun, he sailed a lot, enjoyed woodcarving and furniture making, built a small boat, and rested some.