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print, color photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 11768
  • Accession Date:11/13/1992
  • Item Summary:Color photographic, studio portrait print featuring a young, caucasian woman (approx. eighteen (18) years of age). The image appears to be a high school graduation photo, and bears a handwritten inscription at the reverse surface reading "Tony, / Here's how Toni looked on graduation day. / Not bad, huh? / Love, Lorrie." The artifact was left at The Wall along with an associated bottle of Gentleman Jack Tennessee whiskey (VIVE (11767)) by "Lorrie" in November 1992.

print, framed black & white photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 11773
  • Accession Date:6/3/1997
  • Item Summary:Framed, black & white photographic print dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 6 (SP6) Charles J. Crawford, Jr. A handwritten inscription upon the photograph identifies the subjects as members of, "B-4-12-199TH INF" and the location of the image as, "Long Binh, Vietnam". A second (2nd), color photographic print affixed to the larger black & white photographic print features an image of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and bears a handwritten inscription dedicating the artifact to SP6 Crawford, Jr., describing the circumstances of donation of the object, "From our Pilgrimage / N.J. TO D.C. / One memorial to another", and identifying the donors as, "Your Cousin's [sic] / Dolly, Mike & the crew from Bayonne". The artifact was left at The Wall along with a large assemblage of U.S. Army 199th Infantry Brigade (Light) unit commemorative place cards (VIVE (11774 - 11798)) dedicated to various American servicemen by Dolly, Mike, and members of the association of the U.S. Army 199th Light Infantry Brigade (Redcatcher) between May - June 1997.

wreath, barbed wire


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 11769
  • Accession Date:6/3/1997
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: SHARON A LANE
  • Item Summary:Barbed wire wreath dedicated to U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane. A typewritten notecard affixed to the wreath identifies the organization responsible for the donation, "ROLLING THUNDER┬« CHAP.1 PA", and bears a handwritten inscription dedicating the wreath in memory of 1LT Lane from, " "Doc" Spresser". The artifact was left at The Wall by "Doc" Spresser between May - June 1997.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00159
  • Record Component Qty:2
  • Item Description:BARBED WIRE WREATH DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE SHARON ANN LANE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A LONG STRAND OF BRAIDED, GALVANIZED STEEL BARBED WIRE WHICH HAS BEEN COILED THREE (3) TIMES INTO AN INTERTWINED LOOP RESEMBLING A WREATH. SEVERAL OF THE BARBS ON THE WIRE HAVE BEEN PAINTED WITH A RED, LATEX PAINT, AND A THREE-BY-FIVE (3" X 5")" WHITE, LINED, LAMINATED NOTECARD HAS BEEN AFFIXED TO THE LOWER EDGE OF THE WREATH VIA A LENGTH OF BLACK, NYLON FABRIC RIBBON (WHICH HAS BEEN SECURED TO THE REVERSE SURFACE OF THE NOTECARD VIA SEVERAL STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE SCOTCH TAPE AND A SINGLE METAL STAPLE). AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, THE NOTECARD BEARS A TYPEWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS FROM, "ROLLING THUNDER┬« CHAP.1 PA" UPON A WHITE PAPER ADHESIVE LABEL, AS WELL AS A HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT DEDICATING THE OBJECT TO, "LT. SHARON ANN LANE".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the typewritten and handwritten inscriptions upon the affixed notecard is transcribed in full, as follows: "[Notecard, obverse object surface, typewritten inscription] "[Combination Rolling Thunder national POW*MIA organizational logo & United States national flag graphic] / ] ROLLING THUNDER┬« CHAP.1 PA / P O BOX 80763 / VALLEY FORGE PA 19484" / [Notecard, obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "In memory of Lt. Sharon Ann Lane / "Doc" Spresser"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 250.0g (Collective weight of wreath and affixed notecard)
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: N/A
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 27.0cm (Diameter) / 84.8cm (Circumference) / 3.0cm (Depth)
  • Item Notes:THE OBJECT WAS PREVIOUSLY USED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NEW YORK REGIONAL OFFICE (NYRO) EXHIBITION (L.1997.4.VIVE).

    Dimensions listed above are for the barbed wire wreath only, with the exception of "Weight" which is a collective measurement of the wreath and affixed notecard. Measurements for the affixed notecard are as follows:

    [Notecard]:
    8.0cm (L) X 13.0cm (W) X 250.0g (Collective weight of wreath and affixed notecard)
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Items left at The Wall - The Virtual Collection

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on November 13, 1982. Shortly thereafter, visitors to the Memorial began leaving items in memoriam to those killed and missing service members listed on The Wall. These artifacts now collectively comprise the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection -- a museum collection of more than 400,000 items held in the public trust by the National Park Service. Today, this Collection is among the largest and most actively researched collections in the National Capital Region.

The Collection is jointly curated by National Mall and Memorial Parks and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). The VVMF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies upon public donations to continue its work, and receives no federal funding.