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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.

swatch, fabric

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00970
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Item Summary:White linen fabric swatch bearing the handwritten inscription, "1079" at the obverse surface. 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 sealed, unopened letter (VIVE (949)), & a fishing tackle box (VIVE (965)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1985.

box, fishing tackle


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Photo Credit: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.

Photo Credit: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.
  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00965
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Handmade fishing tackle box containing a length of white, braided twine fitted with a metal fishing swivel, as well as two (2) metal fishing hooks. Dried blood and organic residue inside the box indicates prior use of the item in the field in Vietnam. 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 sealed, unopened letter (VIVE (949)), & a fabric swatch (VIVE (970)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00012
  • Related Items: VIVE 00870 - print, color photographic
    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 00970 - swatch, fabric
  • Record Component Qty:5
  • Item Description:FISHING TACKLE BOX. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A HANDMADE FISHING TACKLE BOX COMPRISED OF A SMALL, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, CLAMSHELL-STYLE, CLEAR POLY-PLASTIC BOX. THE BOX BEARS AN AFFIXED ADHESIVE, WHITE PAPER LABEL AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE (UPPER) OBJECT SURFACE WHICH HAS WORN AND BECOME ABRADED TO THE POINT OF ILLEGIBILITY. THE PHRASE, "?LIFT TO OPEN ?" IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE (UPPER) OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BOX. AT THE INTERIOR SURFACE, THE TACKLE BOX PRESENTLY HOUSES A LENGTH OF WHITE, BRAIDED TWINE WITH AN AFFIXED SILVER COLORED METAL FISHING SWIVEL, AS WELL AS TWO (2) LARGE GAUGE, SILVER COLORED METAL FISHING HOOKS. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (870, 880 - 885, 949, & 970).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the raised lettering inscription upon the exterior, obverse (upper) object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "?LIFT TO OPEN ?"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 8.9g
    • Item Length: 5.0cm
    • Item Width: 4.5cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 1.0cm (Box depth)
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for the exterior of the tackle box only, and do not account for the accompanying items contained therein.
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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.