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note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10897
  • Accession Date:5/24/1989
  • 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.

flag, tri-fold United States national

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 11404
  • Accession Date:6/3/1993
  • 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 between Panels 31W and 70W of The Wall by an anonymous donor between April - June 1993. (Source: Annin- www.annin.com/resources_flag_folding.asp)

patch, commemorative POW*MIA


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10899
  • Accession Date:5/24/1989
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: JAMES R BAUDER
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00058
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA PATCH, FULL COLOR. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RED, WHITE, AND BLUE FABRIC PATCH IN THE FORM OF A WHITE, CIRCULARLY SHAPED DISC WITH AN EMBROIDERED BLUE EXTERIOR BORDER. AT THE CENTER OF THE DISC IS AN EMBROIDERED BLUE REPRESENTATION OF AN AMERICAN BALD EAGLE FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE. THE BALD EAGLE SURMOUNTS A BACKGROUND CONSISTING OF AN EMBROIDERED RED, WHITE, AND BLUE REPRESENTATION OF THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG, COMPRISED OF A BLUE CANTON BEARING TEN (10) VISIBLE FIVE (5)-POINTED WHITE STARS AND A FIELD OR GROUND BEARING ELEVEN (11) VISIBLE ALTERNATING, HORIZONTAL RED AND WHITE STRIPES. IN EMBROIDERED RED, ARCHED BLOCK LETTERING ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE DESIGN AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS THE PHRASE, "POW*MIA'S REMEMBERED". A LENGTH OF LOOSE, BLUE THREAD (APPROX. 1.0CM), ALSO REFERRED TO AS A, "PIGTAIL", IS OBSERVED ISSUING FROM THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. A GOLD COLORED, ADHESIVE PAPER MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S STICKER IS ADHERED TO THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE AND BEARS THE PHRASE, "MADE IN TAIWAN" PRINTED IN BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE CENTER. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED, AND WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED, WITH VIVE (10897, 10898, & 10900).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the embroidered inscription at the obverse object surface and of the manufacturer/supplier's sticker at the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, embroidered inscription] "POW*MIA'S REMEMBERED" / [Reverse object surface, manufacturer/supplier's sticker, printed inscription] "MADE IN TAIWAN"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 3.2g
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: N/A
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 7.25cm (Diameter) / 22.8cm (Circumference) / 0.25cm (Thickness)
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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.