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assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00668
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage consisting of a military issue, cloth patch U.S. Army Special Forces Group (Airborne) shoulder sleeve insignia, subdued, bearing an affixed military issue, Marksmanship Weapons Qualification Badge with Pistol Qualification Bar. The shoulder sleeve insignia design features an od green arrowhead charged at the center with a black dagger (point up) surmounted by three (3) black lightning flashes. The arrowhead alludes to the American Indian's basic skills in which Special Forces personnel are trained to a high degree. The dagger represents the unconventional nature of Special Forces operations, and the three (3) lightning flashes their ability to strike rapidly by air, water, or land. The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for use by the U.S. Army Special Forces Group on 22 August 1955. It was amended to add an airborne tab on 20 November 1958. The insignia was authorized to be worn by personnel of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) and its subordinate units not authorized a shoulder sleeve insignia in their own right on 7 March 1991. The wear of the insignia by the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) and its subordinate units was canceled and it was authorized to be worn by personnel of the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) and their subordinate units not authorized a shoulder sleeve insignia in their own right on 27 October 2016. The Weapons Qualification Badge is awarded to, and authorized for wear by, those who receive a score of at least 190 out of a total possible 250 points on an approved Weapons Qualification Course. The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between November 1984 - February 1985. (Source(s): The Institute of Heraldry- http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil / Military.com- http://www.military.com)

letter, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00705
  • Accession Date:4/18/1985
  • Item Summary:Handwritten letter dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) William Reed Stocks. The letter is from SGT Stocks' mother Eleanor Wimbish, is addressed, "Dear Bill", is signed, "Mom", and opens with the lines, "Today is Easter Sunday 1985. / It is early as I write this letter to you." In her letter, Ms. Wimbish informs SGT Stocks of an Easter visit from her grandchildren, "Bryan age 4 and Billy age 2", reminisces about Easter holidays past with her departed son, and states that she, "[...] just had to say how much I miss you and how much I love you." The author also acknowledges that her letters to SGT Stocks have drawn sufficient public attention to be featured in, "the June issue of Mc Calls' Magazine" in an article entitled, "LETTERS TO BILLY", and surmises that, "Its [sic] hard to believe that my writing of how much I miss you and love you are important enough to others for a magazine to tell about." Ms. Wimbish concludes her letter to her son with the lines, "So thanks Bill for the love, the joy, the happiness and all the good things that little boys are made of. / For without children, oh how empty my life would have been." The artifact was left at Panel 32W of The Wall by Eleanor Wimbish, mother of SGT Stocks, on the occasion of the Easter holiday, April 7, 1985.

currency, US one dollar


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00691
  • Accession Date:11/12/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:U.S. Government issue, one (1) dollar bank note, serial number, "C 53481287 D", series 1981. The currency note bears a handwritten inscription at the reverse surface reading, "Remember me / Here is your buck - sorry I couldn't save more of you - but they shot me too / Sorry for the waste - Fuck I'm just sorry / RIP / Woody". The artifact was left at The Wall by a Vietnam veteran identified only as, "Woody" between August - November 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00015
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:U.S. GOVERNMENT ISSUE, ONE (1) DOLLAR BANK NOTE, SERIAL NUMBER, "C 53481287 D", SERIES 1981. THE NOTE IS PRINTED IN SHADES OF GREEN, GRAY, & BLACK INK UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE CURRENCY PAPER. THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE FEATURES THE PHRASE, "FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE" PRINTED IN WHITE, BLOCK SCRIPT INSIDE A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED BANNER ALONG THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE, POSITIONED IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE PHRASE, "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" PRINTED IN BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT. AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE (INSIDE AN OVOID SHAPED, FLUTED DISPLAY FRAME FLANKED AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND CORNERS BY SPRAYS OF LEAVES AND FEATURING A SCROLL AT THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE BEARING THE BLACK, BLOCK LETTERING INSCRIPTION, "WASHINGTON") IS A PORTRAIT OF UNITED STATES FIRST (1ST) PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON. AT THE UPPER, CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE WASHINGTON PORTRAIT THE PHRASE, "THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT. AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE WASHINGTON PORTRAIT IS A CIRCULARLY SHAPED, BLACK EMBLEM BEARING A WHITE DISK AT THE CENTER CHARGED WITH THE BLACK, BLOCK LETTER, "C" AND THE INSCRIPTION, "FEDERAL RESERVE / BANK OF / PHILADELPHIA / PENNSYLVANIA" PRINTED IN ARCHED, WHITE BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE UPPER AND LOWER EDGES OF THE OUTER BLACK RINGS OF THE EMBLEM. THE ALPHANUMERIC PHRASE, "G3 3" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE EMBLEM, WHILE THE SERIAL NUMBER, "C 53481287 D" IS PRINTED IN BRIGHT GREEN INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE FEDERAL RESERVE EMBLEM. IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE PRINTED SERIAL NUMBER THE NUMBER, "3" IS PRINTED IN BLACK ARABIC NUMERALS TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE NAME, "ANGELA M. BUCHANAN" REPRODUCED AS A HANDWRITTEN SIGNATURE IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT. THE TITLE, "TREASURER OF THE UNITED STATES" IS PRINTED IN CURSIVE, ITALICIZED SCRIPT IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE REPRODUCED SIGNATURE. AT THE UPPER, CENTER OF THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE WASHINGTON PORTRAIT, THE SERIAL NUMBER, "C 53481287 D" IS PRINTED IN BRIGHT GREEN INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE PHRASE, "WASHINGTON, D.C." AND THE NUMBER, "3" PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT & ARABIC NUMERALS, RESPECTIVELY. AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE WASHINGTON PORTRAIT, THE PHRASE, "ONE" IS SUPERIMPOSED IN GRAY INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT OVER A CIRCULARLY SHAPED, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY EMBLEM PRINTED IN BRIGHT GREEN INK. THE EMBLEM BEARS A WHITE SHIELD AT THE CENTER AND THE PHRASES, "THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY / 1789" PRINTED IN ARCHED, WHITE, BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE UPPER AND LOWER EDGES OF THE EMBLEM, RESPECTIVELY. THE NUMBER, "3" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE UPPER AND LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDES OF THE TREASURY EMBLEM, WHILE THE ALPHANUMERIC PHRASE, "G67" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS TO THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE TREASURY EMBLEM. IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE TREASURY EMBLEM, THE PHRASE, "SERIES 1981" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE NAME, "DONALD T. REGAN" REPRODUCED AS A HANDWRITTEN SIGNATURE IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT. THE TITLE, "SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY" IS PRINTED IN CURSIVE, ITALICIZED SCRIPT IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE REPRODUCED SIGNATURE. THE PHRASE, "ONE DOLLAR" IS PRINTED IN WHITE, BLOCK SCRIPT INSIDE A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SCROLL ALONG THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, WHILE THE ARABIC NUMERAL, "1" IS PRINTED INSIDE AN OVOID SHAPED DISPLAY FRAME FLANKED WITH SPRAYS OF LEAVES AND BACKED WITH A GEOMETRIC DESIGN AT EACH OF THE UPPER AND LOWER, PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND CORNERS OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, THE PHRASE, "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" IS PRINTED IN WHITE, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE WHILE THE CORRESPONDING PHRASE, "ONE DOLLAR" IS SIMILARLY PRINTED IN BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE. THE PHRASE, "ONE" IS PRINTED IN WHITE, BLOCK SCRIPT AND IS SUPERIMPOSED OVER THE WHITE ARABIC NUMERAL, "1" AT EACH OF THE UPPER AND LOWER, PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND CORNERS OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AN ABSTRACT GEOMETRIC DESIGN PRINTED IN GREEN INK ADORNS MUCH OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, EXCEPT FOR A BLANK WHITE SPACE AT THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE BEARING THE PHRASE, "IN GOD WE TRUST / ONE" PRINTED IN GREEN INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE CENTER OF THE WHITE SPACE. AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CURRENCY NOTE IS A CIRCULARLY SHAPED REPRESENTATION OF THE OBVERSE SURFACE OF THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES (I.E. WROUGHT SCROLLS ABOVE AND BELOW AND BEARING AT THE CENTER THE IMAGE OF A PYRAMID TOPPED BY AN EYE AND A SUNBURST, BELOW THE ARCHED, WHITE, BLOCK LETTERING INSCRIPTION, "ANNUIT COEPTIS" ABOVE THE ARCHED, GREEN, BLOCK LETTERING INSCRIPTION, "NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM" INSIDE A SCROLL BELOW). THE PHRASE, "THE GREAT SEAL" IS PRINTED IN WHITE, ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT INSIDE A CIRCULARLY SHAPED BANNER IMMEDIATELY BELOW THIS SEAL. AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CURRENCY NOTE IS A CIRCULARLY SHAPED REPRESENTATION OF THE REVERSE OF THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES (I.E. WROUGHT SCROLLS ABOVE AND BELOW THE COAT OF ARMS OF THE UNITED STATES COMPRISED OF A SHIELD IN CHIEF BEARING NO STARS OVER A FIELD WITH STRIPES. THE SUPPORTER OF THE SHIELD IS AN AMERICAN EAGLE WITH WINGS OUTSTRETCHED AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE. THE EAGLE CLUTCHES A BUNDLE OF THIRTEEN (13) ARROWS IN ITS LEFT TALON WHILE THE RIGHT TALON CLUTCHES AN OLIVE BRANCH. IN ITS BEAK THE EAGLE CLUTCHES A SCROLL WITH THE MOTTO, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" EXECUTED IN BLOCK SCRIPT WHILE OVERHEAD A GLORY CONTAINING THIRTEEN (13) STARS SURMOUNTS ALL). THE PHRASE, "OF THE UNITED STATES" IS PRINTED IN WHITE, ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT INSIDE A CIRCULARLY SHAPED BANNER IMMEDIATELY BELOW THIS SEAL, WHILE THE NUMBER, "700" IS PRINTED IN GREEN INK AND ARABIC NUMERALS TO THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THIS SEAL. AN INSCRIPTION IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK, BLOCK SCRIPT, AND VERTICALLY-ORIENTED TEXT ACROSS THE BILL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE AND READS, "REMEMBER ME / HERE IS YOUR BUCK - SORRY I COULDN'T SAVE MORE OF YOU - BUT THEY SHOT ME TOO / SORRY FOR THE WASTE - FUCK I'M JUST SORRY / RIP / WOODY". ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE COLLECTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY CITATION PERTAINING TO THE ARTIFACT RECORD IS RECORDED AS FOLLOWS: "X-1935 DISK 2669 #25".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the various printed and handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] ""FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE / THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / WASHINGTON / THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE / C / FEDERAL RESERVE / BANK OF / PHILADELPHIA / PENNSYLVANIA / G3 3 / C 53481287 D / 3 / Angela M. Buchanan / Treasurer of the United States / C 53481287 D / WASHINGTON, D.C. / 3 / ONE / THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY / 1789 / 3 / 3 / G67 / SERIES 1981 / Donald T. Regan / Secretary of the Treasury / ONE DOLLAR / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1" / [Reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / ONE DOLLAR / ONE / ONE / ONE / ONE / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / IN GOD WE TRUST / ONE / ANNUIT COEPTIS / NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM / THE GREAT SEAL / E PLURIBUS UNUM / OF THE UNITED STATES / 700" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Remember me / Here is your buck - sorry I couldn't save more of you - but they shot me too / Sorry for the waste - Fuck I'm just sorry / RIP / Woody"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 0.95g
    • Item Length: 6.5cm
    • Item Width: 14.5cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE COLLECTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY CITATION PERTAINING TO THE ARTIFACT RECORD IS RECORDED AS FOLLOWS: "X-1935 DISK 2669 #25".
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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.