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note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 11900
  • Accession Date:6/28/1990
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note reading, "thanks for all you did / sorry / Johanna". The artifact was left at The Wall along with a commemorative button (VIVE (11898)) and another handwritten note (VIVE (11899)) by donors identified only as, "Lizzy" & "Johanna" between May - June 1990.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 12575
  • Accession Date:9/10/2008
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (SFC) James Benjamin Fields and consisting of a patriotic Deluxe Imports brand pillar candle and a sealed/unopened handwritten letter. Handwritten inscriptions upon the exterior surfaces of the letter envelope read, "To : Sgt. James B Fields / 101st. Airborne Div. / We Love and Miss You / From: Your Baby Girl / Left Jun,2008". The artifact was left at The Wall by the daughter of SFC Fields in June 2008.

toy, stuffed animal


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 12025
  • Accession Date:9/22/1994
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: SHARON A LANE
  • Item Summary:Rabbit, stuffed animal toy dedicated to U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane. A handwritten note and faux flower bouquet are affixed to the toy. The note reads, "1st. Lt. Sharon Ann Lane / US Army - / KIA Chu Lai 8 June, 1969 / Even though you were only here (there) 45 days you touched many lives. / We will never forget you and all that you gave. / Until we meet again... / 91st Evac. Hospital / 6 August, 1994". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor(s) on August 6, 1994.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00133
  • Record Component Qty:4
  • Item Description:RABBIT, STUFFED ANIMAL TOY DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE SHARON ANN LANE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF AN ANIMAL TOY IMPORTS, INC. BRAND RABBIT STUFFED ANIMAL TOY COMPRISED OF BROWN AND TAN (BROWN ON BODY AND TAN AT FACE AND EARS) POLYESTER FUR, BLACK POLY-PLASTIC ORBS FOR EYEBALLS, AND A MOLDED BLACK POLY-PLASTIC NOSE. A GREEN NYLON FABRIC RIBBON IS TIED IN A BOW ABOUT THE NECK OF THE STUFFED ANIMAL TOY, TO WHICH IS AFFIXED A SMALL BOUQUET OF FAUX FLOWERS COMPRISED OF GREEN POLY-PLASTIC STEMS, PINK NYLON FABRIC PETALS, AND WHITE POLY-PLASTIC CENTERS. ATTACHED TO THE GREEN NYLON RIBBON IS A HANDWRITTEN NOTE IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS COMPOSED UPON A SQUARE SHAPED SEGMENT OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER LAMINATED WITH STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE SCOTCH TAPE. THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED TO, "1ST LT. SHARON ANN LANE / US ARMY -", IS SIGNED, "91ST EVAC. HOSPITAL / 6 AUGUST, 1994", AND OFFERS REMEMBRANCE FOR THE DECEASED AND ASSURANCES THAT SHE TOUCHED MANY LIVES DESPITE HER SHORT TENURE IN VIETNAM. AFFIXED TO THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE STUFFED ANIMAL TOY IS A WHITE NYLON MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S TAG BEARING THE BRAND NAME, STATEMENT OF COPYRIGHT, AND MATERIALS INFORMATION FOR THE TOY PRINTED IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the affixed note and manufacturer/supplier's tag is transcribed in full, as follows: [Affixed note, obverse surface, handwritten inscription] "1st. Lt. Sharon Ann Lane / US Army - / KIA Chu Lai 8 June, 1969 / Even though you were only here (there) 45 days you touched many lives. / We will never forget you and all that you gave. / Until we meet again... / 91st Evac. Hospital / 6 August, 1994" / [Manufacturer/supplier's tag, obverse surface, printed inscription] "ALL NEW MATERIAL / POLYESTER FIBER / COTTON / ANIMAL TOY / 168 39TH. ST., BROOKLYN, N.Y. 11232 / PA 1147 / ©1985 Animal Toy Imports Inc. / Made in Taiwan"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 54.8g
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: 8.0cm
    • Item Height: 17.5cm
    • Item Depth: 11.0cm
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  • Posted on 8/24/16 - by DENNIS WRIGHT
    GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. YOU MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE

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.