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wreath, memorial

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16147
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Memorial wreath dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Edward jay Rykoskey. The wreath consists of dried hay wrapped tightly within clear poly-plastic sheeting to form a circular ring, with orange and red nylon ribbons, a faux flower bouquet, miniature United States national flags, a scale model toy jeep, a wax pillar candle, and a photocopied black & white photographic print affixed. A stenciled inscription upon one length of affixed orange ribbon reads, "VVNW PA - POST 36". The affixed photograph is a formal military portrait depicting LCpl Rykoskey in a military issue dress uniform, with the handwritten inscriptions, "LCPL EDWARD J. RYKOSKEY / USMC - 8-18-66 - VS. / CARLISLE, PA." and , "10E" at the obverse and reverse surfaces, respectively. The artifact was left at Panel 10E of The Wall by VVNW PA - Post 36 between October - November 1987.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 17357
  • Accession Date:4/7/1988
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Master Sergeant (MSG) Russell Peter Bott and consisting of a Yankee Candle, Co. scented jar candle, a handwritten envelope, and a Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall information printout. The handwritten inscription upon the envelope reads, "M/SGT RUSSEL [sic] P. BOTT / "PETE" / 5th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (ABN) / DETACHMENT B-52 / MIA 12-2-66", while the VVM printout specifies MSG Bott's name, rank, branch of service, birthday, casualty date, home town of record, and VVM Wall location information. The artifact assemblage was likely left at Panel 13E of The Wall along with a similar artifact assemblage (VIVE (17525)) [?] by an anonymous donor on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1988.

assemblage


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16311
  • Accession Date:10/27/2009
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: RAYMOND CLAY , WILLIE GREENE , THEODORE JOHNSON , LUIS ORTIZ-CORREDOR , TIAGO REIS , WALTER SAUER JR
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to forty-three (43) veterans (and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall honorees) of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines (2/4), 3rd Marine Division killed during the Battle of Con Thien, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam on September 21, 1967 and consisting of forty-four (44) votive candles, a printed report on the Battle of Con Thien, and a VVM name rubbing sheet. The printed report discusses the surrounding terrain and circumstances precipitating the action between the 2/4 Marines and NVA forces at Con Thien, while the VVM name rubbing sheet features a graphite pencil impression of U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Jimmy Allen Darnell's name upon The Wall. The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between September - October 2009.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00245
  • Record Component Qty:46
  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) JIMMY ALLEN DARNELL, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) WALTER SAUER JR, U.S. MARINE CORPS CORPORAL (CPL) ALBERT ARTHUR KEDROSKI JR, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) GARY RAY SCHAFER, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) VICTOR PATRICK ANDREOZZI, U.S. MARINE CORPS SERGEANT (SGT) CHARLES WADDELL ROBERTS, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) TROY WESLEY COKLEY, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) MARK WARREN JUDGE, U.S. MARINE CORPS CORPORAL (CPL) WILLIAM JAY BALFOUR, U.S. NAVY HOSPITAL CORPSMAN, PETTY OFFICER THIRD CLASS (HM3) JOSEPH ANTHONY COOMES, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) WILLIE GREENE, U.S. NAVY HOSPITAL CORPSMAN, PETTY OFFICER THIRD CLASS (HM3) ARTHUR DIAZ ESQUEDA, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) DONALD JUAN RICHARDS, U.S. MARINE CORPS SERGEANT (SGT) KENNETH MICHAEL MONTONE, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) THEODORE JOHNSON, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE WILLIAM GEORGE PILCHER, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) JOHN HENRY KAVULAK, U.S. NAVY HOSPITALMAN (HN) RICHARD EUGENE SUTHERLAND, U.S. NAVY HOSPITALMAN (HN) JOHN EARLE KLETT, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) WILLIAM JAMES KILDARE, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) JAMES EDWARD TRUSHAW, U.S. MARINE CORPS GUNNERY SERGEANT (GYSGT) HAROLD DEAN TATUM, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) LUIS ORTIZ-CORREDOR, U.S. MARINE CORPS GUNNERY SERGEANT (GYSGT) ROBERT CLARANCE ROPER, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) CLARENCE DAVID SHEIBLEY, U.S. MARINE CORPS CORPORAL (CPL) RICHARD ALLEN JANIGIAN, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) BRENT ARTHUR HOLTE, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) GLENN WILCOX FOSTER JR, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) CHARLES MIKE CASTILLO, U.S. MARINE CORPS CORPORAL (CPL) WILLIAM AARON BERRY, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) DAVID FRANK GARRETT, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE CHARLES MITCHELL GOFF, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) RAYMOND CLAY, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) ROBERT STEPHAN MUELLER, U.S. MARINE CORPS CORPORAL (CPL) TIMOTHY PAUL JENNINGS, U.S. MARINE CORPS CORPORAL (CPL) TIAGO REIS, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) EDGAR JAMES GUIN, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) JUAN ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) JOHN LEE HARRIS JR, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) KENNETH LEO PLUMADORE, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) JEDH COLBY BARKER, U.S. MARINE CORPS CORPORAL (CPL) JIMMY DOUGLAS CURRY, AND U.S. MARINE CORPS CORPORAL (CPL) RONALD REED KING AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) FORTY-FOUR (44) VOTIVE CANDLES, COMPONENT (B) BATTLE OF CON THIEN PRINTED REPORT, AND COMPONENT (C) VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBING SHEET. COMPONENT (A) FORTY-FOUR (44) VOTIVE CANDLES. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF FORTY-FOUR (44) SEPARATE, WHITE WAX VOTIVE CANDLES EACH HOUSED INSIDE A CLEAR GLASS CANDLE HOLDER. EACH CANDLE HOLDER IS TRANSLUCENT AND CYLINDRICALLY SHAPED, WITH A WHITE PAPER LABEL AFFIXED TO THE EXTERIOR OBJECT SURFACE (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE (1) CANDLE HOLDER BEARING NO LABEL/NAME) VIA STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE SCOTCH TAPE WHICH BEARS THE NAME OF A VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL HONOREE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT. THE NAMES PRINTED UPON THE LABELS AFFIXED TO THE VOTIVE CANDLES (SEE LIST ABOVE) ARE DRAWN FROM THOSE OF THE 2ND BATTALION, 4TH MARINES (2/4), 3RD MARINE DIVISION, U.S. MARINE CORPS KILLED DURING THE BATTLE OF CON THIEN, QUANG TRI PROVINCE, SOUTH VIETNAM SEPTEMBER 21, 1967. AFFIXED TO THE EXTERIOR, REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF EACH CANDLE HOLDER IS A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, WHITE PAPER ADHESIVE LABEL BEARING SAFETY WARNING, UPC CODE INFORMATION, AND PRODUCT TITLE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. UPON THE UNDER-SURFACE OF EACH CANDLE HOLDER THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S INFORMATION, "BRIGHT GLOW CANDLE" IS OBSERVED IN RAISED, BLOCK LETTERING. ALL FORTY-FOUR (44) VOTIVE CANDLES HAVE BEEN PARTIALLY BURNED, LEAVING RESIDUE AND OTHER COMBUSTION BYPRODUCTS UPON THE INTERIOR SURFACES OF THE GLASS CANDLE HOLDERS. COMPONENT (B) BATTLE OF CON THIEN PRINTED REPORT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A TWO (2) PAGE PRINTED REPORT IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON SHEETS OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER. AT THE UPPER, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE FIRST (1ST) PAGE IS A GOLD, PURPLE, AND RED PRINTED RENDITION OF THE 2ND BATTALION, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARINE DIVISION DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA (I.E. A CIRCULARLY SHAPED PURPLE DISK BEARING A GOLD COLORED SHIELD AT THE CENTER SURMOUNTED BY A RED SHRINE AND THE ARABIC NUMERAL, "2" IN PURPLE. SURMOUNTING THE NUMERAL IS A GOLD PRINTED SEAHORSE, FLANKED AT THE PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND SIDES BY PURPLE PALM TREES. A GOLD RING ENCIRCLING THE PURPLE DISK BEARS THE PHRASE, "SECOND BATTALION 4TH MARINES" PRINTED IN RED, ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE UPPER EDGE AND THE CORRESPONDING PHRASE, "SECOND TO NONE" SIMILARLY PRINTED ALONG THE LOWER EDGE, WHILE AN AFFIXED GOLD SCROLL AT THE LOWER EDGE OF THE INSIGNIA BEARS THE PHRASE, "THE MAGNIFICENT BASTARDS" PRINTED IN RED, ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT). THE REPORT IS ENTITLED, "SEPTEMBER 21, 1967 / 2ND BATTALION, 4TH MARINES (THE 2/4), 3RD MARINE DIVISION, / COMMANDED BY LT. COLONEL JAMES W. HAMMOND, JR. / CON THIEN, QUANG TRI PROVINCE, SOUTH VIETNAM" AND DISCUSSES THE SURROUNDING TERRAIN AND CIRCUMSTANCES PRECIPITATING THE ACTION BETWEEN U.S. MARINE CORPS (2/4) AND NVA FORCES AT CON THIEN ON SEPTEMBER 21, 1967. THE PRINTED REPORT IS PRESENTLY HOUSED INSIDE AN ALLIED OFFICE PRODUCTS BRAND, THREE (3) RING BINDER, CLEAR, POLY-PLASTIC DOCUMENT SLEEVE. COMPONENT (C) VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBING SHEET. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A VVM NAME RUBBING SHEET FOR U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) JIMMY ALLEN DARNELL. THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET BEARS A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, BLACK PRINTED AREA AT THE UPPER ONE-THIRD (1/3) EDGE BEARING THE PHRASE, "VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL" EXECUTED IN WHITE, BLOCK SCRIPT. INSIDE THE RECTANGULARLY SHAPED WHITE SPACE AT THE LOWER TWO-THIRDS (2/3) EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE THE NAME, "JIMMY A DARNELL" APPEARS AS AN IMPRESSION FROM A GRAPHITE PENCIL RUBBING. AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET, INSTRUCTIONS ADDRESSED TO VISITORS ATTEMPTING TO LOCATE A PARTICULAR NAME UPON THE VVM WALL BASED UPON CASUALTY DATE ARE PRINTED IN FIVE (5) SEPARATE COLUMNS IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT, WITH TWO (2) PRE-PRINTED LINES FOR, "PANEL #________" AND, "LINE #________" OF THE RECOVERED NAME AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the various inscriptions upon COMPONENTS (A - C) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), exterior, obverse object surfaces, printed label inscriptions] "[see "Soldier (s) Name)" field above for complete list]" / [COMPONENT (A), exterior, reverse object surfaces, manufacturer/supplier label, printed inscription] "CAUTION / KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN / 0 77291 84015 8 / TUMBLER/WHITE" / [COMPONENT (A), object under-surfaces, raised lettering inscription] "BRIGHT GLOW CANDLE" / [COMPONENT (B), obverse object surface (page #1), printed inscription] "SECOND BATTALION 4TH MARINES / SECOND TO NONE / THE MAGNIFICENT BASTARDS / SEPTEMBER 21, 1967 / 2nd BATTALION, 4th MARINES (THE 2/4), 3rd MARINE DIVISION, / COMMANDED BY LT. COLONEL JAMES W. HAMMOND, JR. / CON THIEN, QUANG TRI PROVINCE, SOUTH VIETNAM / The terrain around Con Thien consisted of rolling hills with steep, heavily wooded draws. / The area is dotted with 100 meter square open plots of ground bordered by heavy bamboo and thorn brush woodlines [sic]. / Vegetation consisted of thick underbrush which was advantageous to the movement and escape of the enemy. / Water was not easily obtainable. / Weather during the period 12 September to 31 October varied from heavy rain to moderately hot clear days. / Day time temperatures reached 100 deg. [sic] / The 2/4's mission was to conduct search and destroy operations, defend combat base areas, open and secure lines of communications with the OA, maintain ground surveillance and screening operations and conduct spoiling attacks against NVA/VC forces. / On the 13th of September, the North Vietnamese had waged a major attack on the Con Thien outpost with artillery, mortars and heavy machine guns supporting their attacking force. / The Marines successfully fought them off and the NVA failed to breach the perimeter wire. / For the next 7 days the NVA tried a different tactic...it barraged the outpost with mortars and rockets. / Thereafter the Marines went on the offensive. / On September 21, 1967, Lt. Col. Hammond's battalion began a search and destroy operation 1,800 meters east of Con Thien. / Because of the muddy conditions, tanks could not be used to support the operation. / The Marines issued 20 minutes of preparatory fire from its own mortars and then Echo, Foxtrot, Gold and Hotel companies began its search and destroy mission. / At 7:00 am, Echo and Foxtrot Companies of Hammond's battalion moved out on line with Echo to the north of Foxtrot. / Foxtrot Company, was on point. / Movement through the terrain was slow due tot the terraced features of the terrain, and the interlacing, thickly matted hedgerows. / Golf and Hotel companies remained within the perimeter waiting for the rear elements of Echo and Foxtrot to clear the perimeter. / Hotel Company remained within the perimeter, realigned its troops to cover positions vacated by the three departing companies. / 81mm mortars were registered on targets to the east and northeast to cover the advancing units. / As companies E and F advanced, the visual contact between the 2 units was lost due to the thick hedgerows. / At approximately 0750, the advance element of Company F received sniper rounds and an extremely heavy concentration of automatic weapons from their front and left flank. / The lead platoon returned fire and went forward across the open rice paddy" / [COMPONENT (B), reverse object surface (page #2), printed inscription] "[...] toward better ground. / The hedgerows surrounding the dry rice paddies afforded very good cover and concealment for the enemy and it was impossible for the Marines to detect the NVA position until they were fired upon. / The NVA opened fire with heavy automatic weapons when Company F was at a distance of 30 feet. / Many casualties were inflicted and the platoon was pinned down. / Company E moving in a southerly direction to link with Company F ran headlong into the north perimeter of the bunker complex and almost simultaneously received heavy fire from their front and left flank. / Two marines were mortally wounded only 10 meters from the well concealed enemy position. / They then came under mortar and artillery fire. / Company F, having advanced almost to the hedgerow was engaged in a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire, pinning them in their exposed positions. / A grenade duel developed, and booby-traps placed within the hedgerow restricted friendly penetrations. / The close proximity of the Marines to the enemy position also restricted the use of artillery and mortar fires. / Company E, being pinned down, could offer no help to company F. / Lt. Col. Hammond directed Company G to position itself on the east side of the NVA fortified positions and get ready to assault their bunkers. / Company G swept southward from the perimeter, then turned east closing on the enemy position. / They then turned north to assault the inverted T of the NVA positions. / The enemy had many automatic weapons located in well camouflaged positions. / He was supported by accurate mortar fire. / Company G assault elements had to cross 150 meters of open terrain to reach the enemy position. The assault elements were unable to secure the objective. / Meanwhile Company F was able to pass into the Company E perimeter and immediately the LZ received a heavy volume of enemy mortar fire. / The two companies then provided covering fire for Company G. / Enemy mortar fire continued to rain down on their position. / And small arms fire was very heavy. / It was estimated that the 2/4 had run into a major fortification four hundred meters long and just as deep. / The enemy was observed to direct automatic weapons fire on those wounded who attempted to crawl to safety as well as to periodically riddle those lying motionless in the open. / The battle raged for the entire day. / Uncommon acts of valor became the order of the day. / Light was fading when the NVA broke contact and disappeared into the brush and their well concealed bunkers. / Bursts of enemy mortars and artillery continued to fall on the companies. / It is estimated that the battalion engaged an NVA Regiment with numerous automatic weapons, light mortars, and M79s. / Marine casualties were 31 dead, of which 15 were not recovered due to the intensive fire, and 118 wounded. / During the battle two Marines earned medals for their valorous actions on that day. / Cpl. Jedh Barker received the Medal of Honor and Cpl. Tiago Reis received the Navy Cross. / Both medals were awarded posthumously. / On October 10, 1967 the 2/4 went back and retrieved the bodies of their fallen buddies." / [COMPONENT (C), obverse object surface, printed & graphite inscriptions] "Vietnam Veterans Memorial / JIMMY A DARNELL" / [COMPONENT (C), reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "Locating a Name / All the names, with panel and line location, are listed in an alphabetical directory at the memorial. / Also, if the date of casualty is known, the guide below shows how to find any par-ticular [sic] time so the name can be searched out. / Vietnam Veterans Memorial / Washington, D.C. / National Park Service / U.S. Department of the Interior / Date Panel-Line [repeated four (4) times as a column heading] / July 1959 1E-1 / January 1962 1E-4 / January 1963 1E-15 / January 1964 1E-39 / January 1965 1E-81 / April 1965 1E-99 / July 1965 2E-26 / October 1965 2E-100 / November 1965 3E-10 / December 1965 3E-119 / January 1966 4E-47 / February 1966 4E-127 / March 1966 5E-92 / April 1966 6E-70 / May 1966 7E-15 / June 1966 7E-130 / July 1966 8E-114 / August 1966 9E-92 / September 1966 10E-59 / October 1966 11E-32 / November 1966 12E-2 / December 1966 12E-131 / January 1967 13E-106 / February 1967 14E-102 / March 1967 15E-124 / April 1967 17E-83 / May 1967 19E-2 / June 1967 21E-25 / July 1967 22E-90 / August 1967 24E-58 / September 1967 25E-76 / October 1967 27E-35 / November 1967 28E-107 / December 1967 31E-20 / January 1968 33E-11 / February 1968 36E-45 / March 1968 42E-12 / April 1968 47E-29 / May 1968 53E-27 / June 1968 62W-19 / July 1968 54W-25 / August 1968 50W-40 / September 1968 45W-18 / October 1968 42W-52 / November 1968 40W-70 / December 1968 37W-15 / January 1969 35W-14 / February 1969 33W-30 / March 1969 31W-98 / April 1969 28W-101 / May 1969 26W-89 / June 1969 23W-34 / July 1969 21W-41 / August 1969 20W-82 / September 1969 18W-18 / October 1969 17W-21 / November 1969 16W-11 / December 1969 15W-12 / January 1970 15W-113 / February 1970 14W-88 / March 1970 13W-70 / April 1970 12W-64 / May 1970 11W-78 / June 1970 10W-129 / July 1970 9W-108 / August 1970 8W-73 / September 1970 7W-29 / October 1970 7W-102 / November 1970 6W-33 / December 1970 6W-100 / January 1971 5W-19 / February 1971 5W-71 / March 1971 4W-13 / April 1971 4W-98 / May 1971 3W-21 / June 1971 3W-60 / July 1971 3W-96 / July 1971 3W-96 / August 1971 3W-120 / September 1971 2W-7 / October 1971 2W-32 / November 1971 2W-58 / December 1971 2W-82 / January 1972 2W-94 / February 1972 2W-103 / March 1972 2W-112 / April 1972 2W-126 / May 1972 1W-10 / June 1972 1W-34 / July 1972 1W-51 / October 1972 1W-76 / January 1973 1W-108 / January 1975 1W-121 / Panel # / Line # _"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 250.0g (Weight of single candle of COMPONENT (A) only
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: N/A
    • Item Height: 8.5cm
    • Item Depth: 6.0cm (Diameter) / 18.8cm (Circumference)
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for a single candle of COMPONENT (A) only, although measurements for all forty-four (44) candles are identical. Measurements for COMPONENTS (B & C) are as follows:

    [COMPONENT (B)]:
    28.75cm (L) X 23.5cm (W) X 18.8g (Weight)

    [COMPONENT (C)]:
    10.0cm (L) X 27.25cm (W) X 2.4g (Weight)
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