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note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00602
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Wayne Paul Newcomb. The note is from a former friend who grew up in the same hometown as LCpl Newcomb and refers to him as, "[...] one of America's best." The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between November 1984 - February 1985.

note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00607
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note composed upon the reverse surface of a Konica Medical Corporation business card belonging to, "JOSEPH FOLEY, B.S.R.T. / Technical Representative". The note is addressed to, "Tom", is from, "Joe", is undated, and reads, "Your family is scattered to the winds like fallen leaves. / I am here. / I remember. / Rest in Peace." The artifact was left at The Wall by Joseph Foley between November 1984 - February 1985.

note, handwritten


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00603
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: GEORGE W CASEY
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Army Major General (MG) George William Casey. The note is from a hometown acquaintance of MG Casey's family and reads, "9W 126 / General George Casey was the youngest general to die in Viet Nam. / I knew his family. / They were all very wonderful people. / [peace symbol]". The artifact was left at Panel 9W of The Wall by an anonymous donor between November 1984 - February 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00005
  • Related Items: VIVE 00602 - note, handwritten
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:HANDWRITTEN NOTE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY MAJOR GENERAL (MG) GEORGE WILLIAM CASEY. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND CURSIVE/BLOCK SCRIPT & ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED, SPIRAL NOTEBOOK PAPER. THE NOTE SPECIFIES THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "9W 126" AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, WHILE THE HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE NOTE READS, "GENERAL GEORGE CASEY WAS THE YOUNGEST GENERAL TO DIE IN VIET NAM. / I KNEW HIS FAMILY. / THEY WERE ALL VERY WONDERFUL PEOPLE. / [peace symbol]".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "9W 126 / General George Casey was the youngest general to die in Viet Nam. / I knew his family. / They were all very wonderful people. / [peace symbol]"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 1.7g
    • Item Length: 15.2cm
    • Item Width: 10.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
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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.