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flag, tri-fold United States national

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 08888
  • Accession Date:6/23/1987
  • Item Summary:Triangularly folded, also referred to as a, "tri-fold", United States national flag. The custom of folding the United States national flag into the shape of a triangle bestows unique honor and respect upon the flag as a symbol. National Flag Foundation (NFF), the Naval Library, The Institute of Heraldry (TIOH), and several other sources have searched for documentation on flag folding, although detailed information regarding its origin remains largely un-established. NFF and Dr. Harold Langley, former curator at the Smithsonian Institution, theorize that the practice probably developed during World War I when patriotism was high and the United States national flag was universally embraced as a national symbol. In 1923, as a consequence of this sustained patriotic fervor and the increased use of the flag, a conference of veterans' organizations and patriotic associations convened in Washington, DC. to create a code of etiquette for the flag. Their intent was to establish traditions ensuring respectful treatment of the flag by all Americans, including the many immigrants entering the country at that time. Furthermore, a well-known ceremony exists for flag folding, often attributed to the U.S. Air Force Academy, in which each of the twelve (12) folds of the triangularly folded flag is assigned a symbolic meaning. NFF presents its own special flag folding ceremony, incorporating several of the virtues attributed to the colors of the flag as specified in 1782 by Charles Thomson (then Secretary of Congress), and recommends that this ceremony be read aloud prior to the actual folding of the flag. The first (1st) fold stands for liberty, the second (2nd) fold represents unity, the third (3rd) fold stands for justice, the fourth (4th) fold symbolizes perseverance, the fifth (5th) fold represents hardiness, the sixth (6th) fold stands for valor, the seventh (7th) fold symbolizes purity, the eighth (8th) fold represents innocence, the ninth (9th) fold signifies sacrifice, the tenth (10th) fold stands for honor, the eleventh (11th) fold symbolizes independence, and the twelfth (12th) fold represents truth. The flag draping a casket at a military funeral is typically folded in this honorary configuration and is presented as a token of respect and gratitude to the family of the deceased on behalf of a grateful nation. The artifact was left at The Wall along with an associated non-military issue, commemorative U.S. Army 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment baseball cap and a military issue, U.S. Army Cavalry Branch Insignia (VIVE (13024)) by an anonymous donor in June 1987. (Source: Annin- www.annin.com/resources_flag_folding.asp)

patch, commemorative POW*MIA

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10899
  • Accession Date:5/24/1989
  • Item Summary:Non-military issue, commemorative POW*MIA patch, full color, dedicated to U.S. Navy Captain (CAPT) James Reginald Bauder. The patch bears an embroidered representation of an American bald eagle in front of a stylized representation of the United States national flag, all above the inscription, "POW*MIA'S REMEMBERED" in arched, block script along the lower edge. The artifact was left at The Wall along with a handwritten note (VIVE (10897)), a non-military issue, commemorative Vietnam Service Medal patch (VIVE (10898)), and a tri-fold United States national flag (VIVE (10900)) by William "Tiny" Bauder on May 18, 1989.

note, handwritten


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10897
  • Accession Date:5/24/1989
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: JAMES R BAUDER
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Navy Captain (CAPT) James Reginald Bauder. The note consists of two (2) separate passages, both dated, "May 18, 1989" and addressed to CAPT Bauder from his cousin, "William "Tiny" Bauder". The first (1st) passage informs CAPT Bauder that he is not forgotten and implores him to, "Come home and bring everyone with you." The second (2nd) passage offers greetings to CAPT Bauder one last time and the benediction, "May God keep you and the others, till you all come home". The artifact was left at The Wall along with a non-military issue, commemorative Vietnam Service Medal patch (VIVE (10898)), a non-military issue, commemorative POW*MIA patch (VIVE (10899)), and a tri-fold United States national flag (VIVE (10900)) by William "Tiny" Bauder on May 18, 1989.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00058
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:HANDWRITTEN NOTE DEDICATED TO U.S. NAVY CAPTAIN (CAPT) JAMES REGINALD BAUDER. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A HANDWRITTEN NOTE IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A SINGLE, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF YELLOW, LINED, LEGAL-SIZED PAPER. THE NOTE IS COMPRISED OF TWO (2) SEPARATE PASSAGES, EACH INDIVIDUALLY THOUGH NEARLY IDENTICALLY, ADDRESSED, DATED, AND SIGNED. THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED, "TO: JAMES R. BAUDER / CAPT. U.S. NAVY" ALONG THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE FIRST (1ST) PASSAGE IS HEADED, "WELL COUS,", IS DATED, "MAY 18, 1989", IS SIGNED, "WILLIAM "TINY" BAUDER", AND ADDRESSES THE DECEASED TO REMIND HIM THAT HE IS NOT FORGOTTEN. THE SECOND (2ND) PASSAGE IS SIMILARLY HEADED, "WELL COUS,", IS DATED, "MAY 18, 1989", IS SIGNED, "LOVE / WM. "TINY" BAUDER", AND INFORMS THE DECEASED THAT THE AUTHOR HAS COME TO THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM), "[...] TO SAY HI ONE MORE TIME" AND TO OFFER WISHES FOR GOD'S GRACE. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED, AND WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED, WITH VIVE (10898 - 10900).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the note address and the two (2) handwritten passages is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, upper edge, handwritten note address] "TO: JAMES R. BAUDER / CAPT. U.S. NAVY" / [Obverse object surface, note passage #1, handwritten inscription] "May 18, 1989 / Well Cous, / Came to the big Wall to say you're not forgotten. / Come home and bring everyone with you. / William "Tiny" Bauder" / [Obverse object surface, note passage #2, handwritten inscription] "May 18, 1989 / Well Cous, / I'm back today to say hi one more time / Its [sic] harder every time. / May God keep you and the others, till you all come home / Love / Wm. "Tiny" Bauder"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 3.5g
    • Item Length: 33.0cm
    • Item Width: 21.5cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
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  • Posted on 12/22/16 - by Jane Bauder Castellani jcastellani@cox.net
    Thank you William ;)).... I'm his daughter, Jane Bauder Castellani. I'd love to speak with you at your convenience!! Thank you sooooo much!
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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.