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set, Christmas ornament

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00735
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Item Summary:Set of four (4) Christmas holiday ornaments dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) William Reed Stocks. Each of the four (4) ornaments is in the form of a miniature snow sled, and all bear handwritten messages of love, remembrance, and wishes for a Merry Christmas to SGT Stocks from members of his immediate family. The artifact set was left at The Wall by the family of SGT Stocks on the occasion of the Christmas holiday, December 25, 1984.

flag, Civil and State of New Mexico

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00770
  • Accession Date:4/18/1985
  • Item Summary:Miniature Civil and State Flag of New Mexico dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Frank Eloy Garley. The flag bears two (2) affixed, handwritten notes reading, "Frank E. Garley / Albuquerque, N.M. / 25W 22" and, "NEW MEXICO", respectively. The artifact was left at Panel 25W of The Wall by an anonymous donor between February - April 1985.

poster, handwritten


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00752
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: DUANE R BENTLEY , TERRANCE R HANSON , ERWIN R SCHMELING
  • Item Summary:Handwritten poster dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Terrance Randall Hanson, U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Duane Russell Bentley, and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Erwin Ross Schmeling. The obverse surface of the poster bears an affixed, green poly-plastic gift bow and handwritten inscriptions reading, "AM. Legion / Post #164 / Stewartville / Minnesota / In. Memory Of. / Terry Hanson / Duane Bently [sic] / Erwin Schmeling". The artifact was left at The Wall by members of American Legion, Post #164 between November 1984 - February 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00005
  • Record Component Qty:2
  • Item Description:HANDWRITTEN POSTER DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) TERRANCE RANDALL HANSON, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) DUANE RUSSELL BENTLEY, AND U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) ERWIN ROSS SCHMELING. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A POSTER COMPRISED OF A LARGE, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF ORANGE POSTER STOCK WITH A LIGHT GREEN POLY-PLASTIC GIFT BOW AFFIXED TO THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE VIA AN ADHESIVE PAPER STRIP AT ITS REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. INSCRIPTIONS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE POSTER READ, "AM. LEGION / POST #164 / STEWARTVILLE / MINNESOTA / IN. MEMORY OF. / TERRY HANSON / DUANE BENTLY [sic] / ERWIN SCHMELING". NUMEROUS STRIPS OF GRAY, ADHESIVE DUCT TAPE AFFIXED TO THE UPPER, CENTER AND LOWER, PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND CORNERS OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE POSTER APPEAR TO INDICATE PRIOR ATTACHMENT OF THE POSTER TO A SUBSTRATE MATERIAL AND/OR POTENTIAL ATTACHMENT OF NOW DISJOINED/DISSOCIATED OBJECT ELEMENTS [?]
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "AM. Legion / Post #164 / Stewartville / Minnesota / In. Memory Of. / Terry Hanson / Duane Bently [sic] / Erwin Schmeling"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 150.0g
    • Item Length: 71.0cm
    • Item Width: 55.7cm
    • 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.