Items Left at The Wall

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print, black & white photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00888
  • 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 comprised of numerous reinforced tented structures bisected by a central roadway, with power transmission lines running overhead. The artifact was left at The Wall along with seven (7) other black & white photographic prints (VIVE (858, 887, 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.

letter, sealed unopened

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00949
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Item Summary:Sealed, unopened letter. A handwritten inscription upon the obverse surface of the letter envelope reads, "We went / We did / for those who didn't come back we miss you & we won't forget / FTW". The artifact was left at The Wall along with five (5) color photographic prints (VIVE (870, 880, 882, 884, & 885), a black & white photographic print (VIVE (881)), an artifact assemblage (VIVE (883)), a fishing tackle box (VIVE (965)), & a fabric swatch (VIVE (970)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1985.

postcard, color


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00940
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: RALPH W BROWER
  • Item Summary:Color postcard dedicated to U.S. Air Force Captain (Capt) Ralph Wayne Brower. A handwritten inscription upon the postcard is addressed to Capt Brower, is signed, "Sincerely, / Matt Mirmak / Son of Maj Edward J Mirmak USAF", and reads, "My name is Matt Mirmak. / My dad, Ed Mirmak was in the Air Force w/ you. / My dad never got to thank you for keeping him in the service. / He thanks you with all love". The artifact was left at Panel W30 of The Wall by Matt Mirmak between June - July 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00012
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COLOR POSTCARD DEDICATED TO U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) RALPH WAYNE BROWER. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A FULL COLOR, SILBERNE SOUVENIR SALES, INC. BRAND POSTCARD PRINTED IN MULTICOLOR/BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE CARDSTOCK. THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE POSTCARD BEARS A COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) DEPICTING THE TIDAL BASIN, NATIONAL MALL, AND THE CITY BEYOND IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AS SEEN FROM AN AERIAL PERSPECTIVE ABOVE THE JEFFERSON MEMORIAL. PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON ALONG THE UPPER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE POSTCARD IS THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S INFORMATION, "THE COLLECTOR'S SERIES / BY SILBERNE / DISTINCTIVE PRINTS FOR FRAMING". A PRE-PRINTED, BLACK VERTICAL LINE AT THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE SEPARATES THE WRITING SURFACE OF THE POSTCARD INTO RETURN & RECIPIENT BLOCS, WHILE TWO (2) PRE-PRINTED BLACK LINES AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE DESIGNATE A SPACE FOR AFFIXING POSTAGE. AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S INFORMATION, "WASHINGTON, D.C. / CS-13" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS, WHILE THE PUBLISHING CREDIT, "PUBLISHED BY SILBERNE SOUVENIR SALES, INC. WASHINGTON, D.C. 20018" IS SIMILARLY PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR RALPH BROWER", IS SIGNED, "SINCERELY, / MATT MIRMAK / SON OF MAJ EDWARD J MIRMAK USAF", AND READS, "MY NAME IS MATT MIRMAK. / MY DAD, ED MIRMAK WAS IN THE AIR FORCE W/ YOU. / MY DAD NEVER GOT TO THANK YOU FOR KEEPING HIM IN THE SERVICE. / HE THANKS YOU WITH ALL LOVE". A SECOND (2ND) HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS (POSSIBLY AN NPS RANGER'S NOTE [?]) AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE POSTCARD SPECIFIES THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION OF DONATION, "W30 81". ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE COLLECTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY CITATION PERTAINING TO THE ARTIFACT RECORD IS RECORDED AS FOLLOWS: "DISK 2362 #66 2 SIDE SHOT X-1365".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed and handwritten inscriptions upon the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "THE COLLECTOR'S SERIES / by Silberne / DISTINCTIVE PRINTS FOR FRAMING / WASHINGTON, D.C. / CS-13 / PUBLISHED BY SILBERNE SOUVENIR SALES, INC. WASHINGTON, D.C. 20018" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "Dear Ralph Brower / My name is Matt Mirmak. / My dad, Ed Mirmak was in the Air Force w/ you. / My dad never got to thank you for keeping him in the service. / He thanks you with all love / Sincerely, / Matt Mirmak / Son of Maj Edward J Mirmak USAF / W30 81"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 13.9g
    • Item Length: 10.2cm
    • Item Width: 15.2cm
    • 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: "DISK 2362 #66 2 SIDE SHOT X-1365".
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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.