Kitchen renovation uncovers treasure trove of memorabilia

Homeowner plans to return photos, badges, letters to Vietnam veteran

By Louis Aguirre - Anchor/Reporter

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. - Monique Bourassa-Fuchs says she discovered a treasure.

Ten days ago, workers were cutting into her kitchen ceiling looking for the source of a leak when they discovered something unusual hiding in the walls.

It was an envelope with a treasure trove of memorabilia belonging to U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Robert D. Wells, who served in Vietnam.

"They said, 'We found that in the attic,'" Bourassa-Fuchs said. "'Oh,' I said, 'That's cool.' It's like a movie, you know?"

The time capsule included badges, old photos, newspaper clippings and even a letter dated 1969 and signed by then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, responding to Wells' job application.

A treasure trove of Vietnam-era memorabilia belonging to U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Robert D. Wells was found in the walls of a Lighthouse Point home.

Bourassa-Fuchs was on a mission, determined to find the mystery man in the photos and she did.

"The first thing, I spent at least five hours on Google," Bourassa-Fuchs said. "I need to find that guy. It's his stuff. I need to give it to him. It's cool. It's wonderful."

Late Wednesday, a newspaper reporter helped her make contact with Wells and soon she'll meet him in person and return the precious cache she found.

"I'm out of my mind and I'm so happy," she said. "I'm so happy and I just want to meet him to be able to give that to him."

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