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clipping, newspaper

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 20448
  • Accession Date:1/5/1989
  • Item Summary:Newspaper clipping featuring a black & white photographic reproduction of dead Vietnamese civilians lying upon and near a rural roadway, superimposed with a graphic of a road "STOP" sign. The original photograph was captured by U.S. Army photographer Sergeant (SGT) Ronald L. Haeberle during an action conducted by members of C Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal), U.S. Army in the village of My Lai, Quang Ngai Province, Central Vietnam on March 16, 1968. Based upon faulty intelligence, which placed only enemy combatants and sympathizers of the 48th Viet Cong Infantry Battalion in the village and its environs, members of Charlie Company killed between three hundred (300) - five hundred (500) Vietnamese civilians, many of them women and children. When published in Cleveland, Ohio's The Plain Dealer on November 20, 1969 and later in Life magazine on December 1, 1969, Mr. Haeberle's photographs of the massacre and its aftermath sparked international outrage and became iconic symbols of the anti-war movement in the United States. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between November 1988 - January 1989. (Source: www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/introduction/mylai/)

collage, framed

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09724
  • Accession Date:3/7/1994
  • Item Summary:Framed collage dedicated specifically to twelve (12) homeless Vietnam veterans who died in San Francisco between November 1991 - November 1993, and more generally to all neglected and forgotten homeless Vietnam veterans nationwide. The collage consists of: a printout listing the names/branches of service/years of death for each of the twelve (12) aforementioned San Francisco veterans, a photocopy of an original drawing featuring a homeless and neglected Vietnam veteran in the rain by artist, Joseph Deneri, and an original poem describing the last days, death, and final rest of a homeless Vietnam veteran entitled, "Soldier's Rest" by author, Karen Bourbannais; all housed within a black metal & plexiglas frame. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor in early 1994.

name rubbings, framed


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 30682
  • Accession Date:8/9/2005
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: ELEANOR G ALEXANDER , PAMELA D DONOVAN , CAROL A DRAZBA , ANNIE R GRAHAM , ELIZABETH A JONES , MARY T KLINKER , SHARON A LANE , HEDWIG D ORLOWSKI
  • Item Summary:Framed Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbings dedicated to U.S. Army Captain (CPT) and nurse Eleanor Grace Alexander, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) and nurse Pamela Dorothy Donovan, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) and nurse Carol Ann Elizabet Drazba, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) and nurse Annie Ruth Graham, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) and nurse Elizabeth Ann Jones, U.S. Air Force Captain (Capt) and nurse Mary Therese Klinker, U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane, & U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Hedwig Diane Orlowski. Each of the name rubbings bear handwritten inscriptions containing: the birth/casualty dates, full name, VVM Wall location information, rank, branch of service, and hometown of record for each of the eight (8) nurses listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM), and have been affixed to a sheet of plywood and framed beneath a sheet of clear poly-plastic trimmed in aluminum [?] The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2003.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00218
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN (CPT) AND NURSE ELEANOR GRACE ALEXANDER, U.S. ARMY SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT) AND NURSE PAMELA DOROTHY DONOVAN, U.S. ARMY SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT) AND NURSE CAROL ANN ELIZABET DRAZBA, U.S. ARMY LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTC) AND NURSE ANNIE RUTH GRAHAM, U.S. ARMY SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT) AND NURSE ELIZABETH ANN JONES, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) AND NURSE MARY THERESE KLINKER, U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE SHARON ANN LANE, & U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE HEDWIG DIANE ORLOWSKI AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) EIGHT (8) VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBINGS AND COMPONENT (B) METAL & PLEXIGLAS FRAME. COMPONENT (A) EIGHT (8) VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBINGS. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF EIGHT (8) VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBINGS AFFIXED TO A ONE-HALF (1/2") INCH, SQUARE SHAPED SHEET OF UNFINISHED PLYWOOD IN FOUR (4) ROWS OF TWO (2) NAME RUBBINGS EACH, AND REPRESENTING EACH OF THE EIGHT (8) FEMALE VIETNAM VETERANS/NURSES LISTED ON THE WALL. EACH NAME RUBBING IS EXECUTED IN GRAPHITE PENCIL OR CHARCOAL [?] AT THE CENTER OF A VVM WALL RUBBING SHEET, AND BEARS THE BIRTH DATE, NAME, CASUALTY DATE, VVM WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, RANK, BRANCH OF SERVICE, AND HOMETOWN OF RECORD FOR EACH OF THE EIGHT (8) WALL HONOREES HANDWRITTEN ALONG THE UPPER AND LOWER EDGES OF THE SHEET IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. BLACK VINYL BLOCK LETTERS/ARABIC NUMERALS AFFIXED TO THE UPPER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PLYWOOD SUBSTRATE (IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE AFFIXED NAME RUBBINGS) SPELL THE PHRASE, "STILL IN SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY", WHILE SIMILAR VINYL LETTERS AFFIXED TO THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PLYWOOD SUBSTRATE (IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE AFFIXED NAME RUBBINGS) SPELL THE CORRESPONDING DATE, "NOVEMBER 11, 2003". COMPONENT (B) METAL & PLEXIGLAS FRAME. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF FOUR (4) LONG STRIPS OF SILVER COLORED METAL (MOST LIKELY ALUMINUM [?]), AFFIXED TO EACH OF THE FOUR (4) EDGES OF THE PLYWOOD SUBSTRATE AND SECURING A SQUARE SHAPED SHEET OF CLEAR, ONE-EIGHTH (1/8") INCH PLEXIGLAS TO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE (THEREBY ENCASING THE AFFIXED NAME RUBBINGS (COMPONENT (A) TO THE PLYWOOD SUBSTRATE).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall rubbing sheet quotations, as well as individual name rubbings and associated affixed & handwritten inscriptions at the obverse object surface of COMPONENT (A) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, affixed vinyl lettering inscriptions] "STILL IN SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY / NOVEMBER 11, 2003" / [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, VVM Wall rubbing sheet, upper, proper left-hand corner, printed quotation] "1959 / IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WHO SERVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR. / THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AND OF THOSE WHO REMAIN MISSING ARE INSCRIBED IN THE ORDER THEY WERE TAKEN FROM US." / [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, VVM Wall rubbing sheet, lower, proper right-hand corner, printed quotation] "OUR NATION HONORS THE COURAGE SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION TO DUTY AND COUNTRY OF ITS VIETNAM VETERANS. / THIS MEMORIAL WAS BUILT WITH PRIVATE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. / NOVEMBER 11, 1982 / 1975" / [COMPONENT (A), VVM name rubbings, top to bottom, proper right to proper left, #1 - 8] / [#1, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "18 SEP 40 / ELEANOR GRACE ALEXANDER / 30 NOV 67" / [#1, Name rubbing] "ELEANOR G ALEXANDER" / [#1, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "31E 8 / CAPT. / U.S. ARMY / RIVERVALE, N.J." / [#2, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "25 MAR 42 / PAMELA DOROTHY DONOVAN / 8 JUL 69" / [#2, Name rubbing] "PAMELA D DONOVAN" / [#2, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "53W 43 / 2LT. / U.S. ARMY / TRINIDAD, CAL." / [#3, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "11 DEC 43 / CAROL ANN ELIZABETH DRAZBA / 18 FEB 66" / [#3, Name rubbing] "CAROL A E DRAZBA" / [#3, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "5E 46 / 2LT. / U.S. ARMY / DUNMORE, PA." / [#4, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "7 NOV 16 / ANNIE RUTH GRAHAM / 14 AUG 68" / [#4, Name rubbing] "ANNIE RUTH GRAHAM" / [#4, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "43W 12 / LTC. / U.S. ARMY / EFLAND, N.C." / [#5, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "12 SEP 43 / ELIZABETH ANN JONES / 18 FEB 66" / [#5, Name rubbing] "ELIZABETH A JONES" / [#5, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "5E 47 / 2LT. / U.S. ARMY / ALLENDALE, S.C." / [#6, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "3 OCT 47 / MARY THERESE KLINKER / 9 APR 75" / [#6, Name rubbing] "MARY T KLINKER" / [#6, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "1W 122 / CAPT. / U.S. AIR FORCE / LAFAYETTE, IND." / [#7, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "7 JUL 43 / SHARON ANN LANE / 8 JUN 69" / [#7, Name rubbing] "SHARON A LANE" / [#7, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "23W 112 / 1LT. / U.S. ARMY / CANTON, OHIO" / [#8, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "13 APR 44 / HEWIG DIANE ORLOWSKI / 30 NOV 67" / [#8, Name rubbing] "HEDWIG D ORLOWSKI" / [#8, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "31E 15 / 1LT. / U.S. ARMY / DETROIT, MICH."
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 3050.0g (Collective weight of COMPONENTS (A & B))
    • Item Length: 61.5cm
    • Item Width: 61.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 1.0cm (Frame depth)
  • Item Notes:ALTHOUGH NO INDICATION EXISTS IN THE VIVE CATALOG RECORDS PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF TO SUPPORT THE SUPPOSITION OF ANY ASSOCIATION, THE ARTIFACT IS VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL TO ANOTHER SET OF FRAMED VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL NAME RUBBINGS (VIVE (10068)).
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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.