Hurricane clean-up uncovers valuable ammo box

A contractor helping clear debris from Hurricane Ike is looking for the owner of valuable ammunition box he found buried in sand in Texas. The box contained keepsakes, including an 1863 Confederate $50 bill, war medals and diamond earrings.

The green steel Army ammunition canister found by Michael Pate also held several clues that may help him confirm the owner: family photographs, a driver’s license and a Social Security card.

Pate was working on a tractor equipped with a grappling arm, snatching storm debris from the sand at Galveston Island State Park, when he found the box.

The can’s rubber seal perfectly preserved the treasures inside. Among the other items were dog tags, military medals, silver certificates, silver bracelets, watches, an Art Donovan football card and a glass Model A Ford radiator cap.

Pate is trying to locate the individual named on the driver’s license.

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