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box, fishing tackle

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00965
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • 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.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01209
  • Accession Date:9/22/1994
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Bernard Birenbaum and U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Edward Eugene Blumer and consisting of a handwritten note affixed to six (6) cans of Schlitz brand beer. The note is addressed, "DEAR MICHAEL", is signed, "LOVE, / Jeff", and reads, "HERE'S SOME BEER TO GO WITH THE FOOD AND THE SMOKES (SORRY, NO BA MUOI BA IS AVAILABLE IN RALEIGH). / BERNIE BIRENBAUM'S (3E52) GOT THE SMOKES AND EDDIE BLUMER'S (29E38) GOT REAL FOOD." The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by a donor identified only as, "Jeff" on August 5, 1994.

swatch, fabric


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00970
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • 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.
  • 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 00965 - box, fishing tackle
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:FABRIC SWATCH. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SWATCH OF WHITE LINEN [?] FABRIC WITH ROUGH, IRREGULARLY CUT, UNFINISHED EXTERIOR EDGES. THE NUMERIC PHRASE, "1079" IS HANDWRITTEN IN TEAL CRAYON OR PAINT [?] AND ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (870, 880 - 885, 949, & 965).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "1079"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 13.3g
    • Item Length: 25.0cm
    • Item Width: 41.0cm
    • 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.