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note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16066
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note from Russian immigrant Sergei Betekhtin-Taleporovsky of New York City. In the note, the author expresses solidarity with the United States and its citizens (i.e. "EVEN FROM THE USSR I FELT YOUR PAIN") while noting that, "MY SHAME FOR THE COUNTRY OF MY BIRTH IS DEEP". The author goes on to categorically state that, "[...] ALL I CAN DO - IS BE A BETTER MAN IN MY ADAPTED [sic] COUNTRY, BE WORTH [sic] OF MEMORY OF MEN WHO DIED FOR THE RIGHT COUSE [sic]". Mr. Betekhtin-Taleporovsky closes his note with the lines, "GOD BLESS YOU, ALL OF YOU; GOD BLESS AMERICA." The artifact was left at The Wall by Sergei Betekhtin-Taleporovsky between October - November 1987.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 17870
  • Accession Date:9/23/1986
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Navy Engineman Petty Officer Second Class (EN2) Ernest Keno Cota and consisting of a hand-painted ceramic coffee mug and a handwritten note. A hand-painted inscription upon the exterior surface of the coffee mug reads, "SAT CONG / #1 SAYLOR PBR / LA DAI BABY / 64-87", while the text of the accompanying handwritten note reads, "ERNIE / I WON'T HAVE TO BORROW YOUR CUP ANYMORE / [handwritten signature] DOUG". The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by, "Doug" in honor of EN2 Cota (who drowned after falling into the Bassac River flowing between Cambodia & Vietnam after a night spent out with friends) on August 16, 1986.

plaque, framed memorial


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 17365
  • Accession Date:5/12/1995
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: REGINALD J ABERNETHY , WILLIAM H FELLS , WILLIAM S GLENN , CHESTER G LYONS , ROGER W STAHL
  • Item Summary:Framed memorial plaque dedicated to five (5) members of, "CO. C 3/187TH / INF. 101ST / AIRBORNE [Army]": U.S Army Sergeant (SGT) Chester George Lyons, U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) William Henry Fells, U.S. Army Corporal (CPL) Roger William Stahl, U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) William Stuart Glenn, and U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Reginald Joe Abernethy. The plaque consists of an 'in-country', Vietnam color photographic print affixed behind stamped metal representations of a United States national flag and military issue, Purple Heart Medal & Combat Infantryman Badge first award. The plaque also bears the stamped, raised lettering inscription, "SOME FRIENDS COME INTO YOUR LIFE LIKE A GENTLE BREEZE... / AND WHEN THEY'RE GONE; / THEY LINGER FOREVER IN YOUR HEART". A handwritten inscription at the obverse surface of the plaque reads, "IN MEMORY OF: SGT. LYONS / WM. FELLS / ROGER STAHL / WM. GLENN / REGINALD ABERNETHY / ALL KILLED NEAR KHE SANH- / REPUBLIC OF SOUTH VIETNAM 1971". The artifact was left at Panel 16E of The Wall by an anonymous donor on April 28, 1995.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00139
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:FRAMED MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATED TO FIVE (5) MEMBERS OF CO. C, 3/187TH INFANTRY, U.S. ARMY 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION: U.S. ARMY SERGEANT (SGT) CHESTER GEORGE LYONS, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) WILLIAM HENRY FELLS, U.S. ARMY CORPORAL (CPL) ROGER WILLIAM STAHL, U.S. ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) WILLIAM STUART GLENN, AND U.S. ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) REGINALD JOE ABERNETHY. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A STAMPED METAL AND HAND-PAINTED PLAQUE FEATURING A FULL COLOR, PURPLE, GOLD, SCARLET, WHITE, AND GREEN PAINTED REPRESENTATION OF A MILITARY ISSUE, PURPLE HEART MEDAL AT THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE (I.E. A PURPLE HEART WITHIN A GOLD BORDER CONTAINING A PROFILE OF GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON (FACING PROPER RIGHT), ABOVE WHICH APPEARS A SHIELD OF THE WASHINGTON COAT OF ARMS (I.E. A WHITE SHIELD WITH TWO (2) RED BARS AND THREE (3) RED STARS IN CHIEF) BETWEEN SPRAYS OF GREEN LEAVES). AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS A FULL COLOR, WHITE AND RED PAINTED REPRESENTATION OF A UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG, REPLETE WITH SIMULATED TEARS IN THE HORIZONTAL WHITE STRIPES AND THE PHRASE, "SOME FRIENDS COME INTO YOUR LIFE LIKE A GENTLE BREEZE... / AND WHEN THEY'RE GONE; / THEY LINGER FOREVER IN YOUR HEART" STAMPED IN BLOCK, WHITE LETTERING UPON THE HORIZONTAL RED STRIPES. A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, CUT-OUT AREA OF THE METAL IS OBSERVED IN THE PAINTED FLAG (WHERE A CANTON WOULD TYPICALLY BE PLACED) THEREBY CREATING A FRAMING DEVICE FOR A FULL COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) WHICH HAS BEEN MOUNTED BEHIND THE METAL SHEET. THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE SURFACE OF THE PHOTOGRAPH DEPICTS AT LEAST TWELVE (12) AMERICAN SERVICE PERSONNEL, PRESUMABLY 'IN-COUNTRY' IN VIETNAM, DRESSED IN FIELD ATTIRE (I.E. OD GREEN, OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT COATS AND TROUSERS, COMBAT BOOTS, AND M1 HELMETS). THE FIVE (5) SUBJECTS CLOSEST TO THE CAMERA APPEAR TO BE SEATED NEAR THEIR GEAR AND ENGAGED IN READING OR OTHER LEISURE ACTIVITIES, WHILE ANOTHER GROUP OF APPROXIMATELY FIVE (5) SERVICEMEN STANDS HUDDLED IN THE BACKGROUND ENGAGED IN CONVERSATION. HAND-DRAWN WITHIN THE LOWERMOST HORIZONTAL WHITE STRIPE OF THE PAINTED FLAG AREA IS A LANDSCAPE SCENE FEATURING A RANGE OF HILLS, SIX (6) HELICOPTERS IN FLIGHT, AND SEVERAL SOLDIERS HEADSTONES (I.E. M1 COMBAT HELMET MOUNTED ATOP THE BUTT OF AN M-16 RIFLE STUCK INTO THE GROUND VIA THE FIXED BAYONET). AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE HAND-DRAWN IMAGE IS A HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS WHICH DEDICATES THE OBJECT TO THE ABOVE REFERENCED SERVICE PERSONNEL AND PROVIDES THE FURTHER DESCRIPTION, "ALL KILLED NEAR KHE SANH- / REPUBLIC OF SOUTH VIETNAM 1971". AT THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS A STAMPED, HAND-PAINTED, BLUE, YELLOW, ORANGE, SCARLET, GREEN, & PURPLE REPRESENTATION OF A MILITARY ISSUE, COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE (I.E. AN INFANTRY MUSKET ON A LIGHT BLUE BAR, ON AND OVER AN ELLIPTICAL OAK WREATH). THE OAK WREATH IS PAINTED IN YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN, AND SCARLET COLORS WHILE A PURPLE RIBBON FORMING AN, "X" SHAPE IS OBSERVED AT THE LOWER, CENTER WREATH EDGE. STAMPED IN BLOCK LETTERING/ARABIC NUMERALS INSIDE THE BLUE BAR IS THE UNIT IDENTIFICATION, "CO. C 3/187 TH / INF. 101ST / AIRBORNE". AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE THE ALPHA-NUMERIC DESIGNATION, "W945" IS STAMPED INTO THE METAL SURFACE. AT THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE A WHITE, ADHESIVE UPC BAR CODE LABEL BEARS A HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS READING, "16E / 28 APR 95"; LIKELY A DIRECT REFERENCE TO THE LOCATION AND DATE OF DONATION AT THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) AFFIXED TO THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS A GOLD COLORED, PAPER ADHESIVE LABEL WITH A PRINTED INSCRIPTION IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS READING, "PROFESSIONALLY FRAMED BY: / DECK THE WALLS / EXPRESSIVE ART AND CUSTOM FRAMING / RIVER RIDGE MALL / (804) 237-1829". THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE ALSO BEARS A BRAIDED WIRE MOUNTED UPON TWO (2) EYELET SCREWS AFFIXED APPROXIMATELY ONE-THIRD (1/3) OF THE VERTICAL DISTANCE DOWN THE REVERSE SURFACE OF THE FRAME, ALONG THE EXTERIOR EDGES, FOR THE PURPOSE OF HANGING/DISPLAY. THE ENTIRE STAMPED/PAINTED METAL PLAQUE IS MOUNTED INSIDE A PURPLE STAINED OR PAINTED [?] WOODEN FRAME WHICH IS NOT ENCLOSED AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the stamped, handwritten, and printed inscriptions at the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, stamped metal inscriptions] "SOME FRIENDS COME INTO YOUR LIFE LIKE A GENTLE BREEZE... / AND WHEN THEY'RE GONE; / THEY LINGER FOREVER IN YOUR HEART" / "W945" / " CO. C 3/187TH / INF. 101ST / AIRBORNE" / [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "IN MEMORY OF: SGT. LYONS / WM. FELLS / ROGER STAHL / WM. GLENN / REGINALD ABERNETHY / ALL KILLED NEAR KHE SANH- / REPUBLIC OF SOUTH VIETNAM 1971" / [Reverse object surface, white paper adhesive label, handwritten inscriptions] "16E / 28 APR 95" / [Reverse object surface, gold colored paper adhesive label, printed inscriptions] "Professionally Framed by: / Deck the Walls / Expressive Art and Custom Framing / River Ridge Mall / (804) 237-1829"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2750.0g
    • Item Length: 56.5cm
    • Item Width: 66.5cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 2.5cm (Frame depth)
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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.