News 12 First at Five / Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- A Grovetown woman came across a treasure chest, but it isn't the type of treasure you're probably thinking.
You can't really put a price tag on this find.
"Letters from back in the day and a couple of high school diplomas, letters and pictures and things that I think somebody from the past would like to have," said Jamie Black, who works for a property manager in the area.
Black came across the box when she was cleaning out a house in North Augusta.
"It was foreclosed on, the smell in there, you could just tell it had been abandoned for a while, but everything was still there," she said.
She found a family Bible dating back to the 1800s, letters from the Vietnam War and photos -- all clues to hopefully locate the family these memories belong to.
"There was a guy named Larry, he sent a letter to his mother. Just about everyone was Larry sending them to his mom," she said, describing the letters.
From the letters, it appears that Larry served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. He wrote letters to his mom describing attacks and coming home safely.
"It was real neat just to sit there and put yourself in their shoes and to be thinking you were the one sending it to your mom and how they must have felt at the time," Black said.
She's hoping to return the belongings to a family member, saying, "I just want somebody, grandkids or somebody in the family close, to have it."
Black says this treasure chest isn't full of jewels or cash, but it's full of something much more valuable: memories.
"My grandfather was in the war and he's given me medals and stuff like that that I'm going to give to my daughter when she grows up. It's just memories that I'd like to have so I think someone else would like to have them, too," she said.
Black says she found the box at a home on Bolin Drive in North Augusta. She's searching for family members of Armstrong, the author of the war letters. Documents say Armstrong was born in 1950 in Troup County.