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print, black & white photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00858
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Item Summary:Black & white photographic print. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam that depicts a U.S. military installation situated upon either side of roadways flanking a central ditch traversed with wooden footbridges at the base of a distant wooded slope. The artifact was left at The Wall along with seven (7) other black & white photographic prints (VIVE (887, 888, 1342, 1343, 1345, 1347, & 1348)) and a military issue, OG-107 men's tropical combat jungle fatigue coat (VIVE (5041)) by an anonymous Vietnam veteran between June - July 1985.

print, color photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00880
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam which depicts four (4) young, Caucasian-American servicemen drinking Budweiser brand beer together inside a military structure, most likely a barracks [?] The date, "NOV • 69 •" is printed upon the obverse surface of the photo. The artifact was left at The Wall along with four (4) other color photographic prints (VIVE (870, 882, 884, & 885), a black & white photographic print (VIVE (881)), an artifact assemblage (VIVE (883)), a sealed, unopened letter (VIVE (949)), a fishing tackle box (VIVE (965)), & a fabric swatch (VIVE (970)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1985.

print, color photographic


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00870
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam which depicts two (2) young, Caucasian-American servicemen posed upon either side of an emplaced mortar tube within a fortified position. The date, "NOV 69 •" is printed upon the obverse surface of the photo. The artifact was left at The Wall along with four (4) other color photographic prints (VIVE (880, 882, 884, & 885), a black & white photographic print (VIVE (881)), an artifact assemblage (VIVE (883)), a sealed, unopened letter (VIVE (949)), a fishing tackle box (VIVE (965)), & a fabric swatch (VIVE (970)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00012
  • Related Items: VIVE 00880 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00881 - print, black & white photographic
    VIVE 00882 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00883 - assemblage
    VIVE 00884 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00885 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00949 - letter, sealed unopened
    VIVE 00965 - box, fishing tackle
    VIVE 00970 - swatch, fabric
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  • Item Description:COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) UPON A SQUARE SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, KODAK BRAND PHOTO PAPER BEARING A SQUARE SHAPED, WHITE EXTERIOR BORDER CIRCUMSCRIBING THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT IS AN 'IN-COUNTRY' IMAGE CAPTURED IN VIETNAM WHICH DEPICTS TWO (2) YOUNG, CAUCASIAN-AMERICAN SERVICEMEN WEARING MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (I.E. OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT COAT & TROUSERS, COMBAT BOOTS, ETC.). THE TWO (2) MEN ARE POSED STANDING UPON EITHER SIDE (THE MAN AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE PHOTO WEARING A TROPICAL COMBAT COAT WHILE TURNED TO FACE THE CAMERA, AND THE MAN AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE IMAGE SHIRTLESS WHILE FACING AWAY FROM THE CAMERA) OF AN EMPLACED MORTAR TUBE WITHIN A POSITION CONSTRUCTED OF STACKED WOODEN MILITARY CRATES TOPPED/REINFORCED WITH SANDBAGS. A LARGE, OD GREEN TARP IS VISIBLY DRAPED ACROSS THE CRATE WALL AT THE EXTREME PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE IMAGE, WHILE AT LEAST TWO (2) OTHER REINFORCED POSITIONS AND NUMEROUS OTHER SERVICEMEMBERS CAN BE SEEN IN THE DISTANT BACKGROUND. THE DATE, "NOV 69 •" IS PRINTED IN VERTICALLY-ORIENTED BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE WHITE BORDER AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT. UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT, THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S PHRASE, "A KODAK PAPER" IS REPEATEDLY PRINTED IN GRAY INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IN A GRAPHIC MOTIF. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (880 - 885, 949, 965, & 970).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, printed inscription] "NOV 69 •" / [Reverse object surface, printed inscription] "A KODAK PAPER [repeatedly printed in a graphic motif]"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.6g
    • Item Length: 8.5cm
    • Item Width: 8.7cm
    • 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.