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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.

note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01339
  • Accession Date:5/23/1985
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) Ernest Leroy Rowe. The note reads, "Ernest L. Rowe / 1966 Homecoming Dance / You're never gone from our thoughts / or / hearts." A heart shaped cut-out at the center of the note reveals an affixed color photographic print depicting SGT Rowe and his date posing in formal wear for the dance. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor, presumably a family member of SGT Rowe [?], between April - May 1985.

print, color photographic


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01287
  • Accession Date:6/25/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam that depicts a young, shirtless African-American serviceman posed behind a low wall comprised of wooden crates and fortified with sandbags. A handwritten inscription at the reverse surface of the photo dated, "June 21, 1988", from, "Kenneth Calhoun" identifies the subject & context of the photo and reads, "This photo was taken at LZ Uplift 1970 - 173rd Airborne Brigade. / My name is Kenneth Calhoun, assigned to Co E 173rd. / The soldier in the photo was nicknamed Ace and was from Bronx, New York and was KIA / THIS IS MY 1ST VISIT TO THE WALL - THANKS". The artifact was left at The Wall by U.S. Army and Vietnam veteran Kenneth Calhoun on June 21, 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00011
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE PHOTO PAPER WITH A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, WHITE EXTERIOR BORDER CIRCUMSCRIBING THE IMAGE SURFACE. THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT IS AN 'IN-COUNTRY' IMAGE CAPTURED IN VIETNAM THAT DEPICTS A LONE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SERVICEMAN, SHIRTLESS AND SEATED BEHIND A LOW WALL COMPRISED OF OD GREEN WOODEN MILITARY CRATES TOPPED WITH SANDBAGS. THE SERVICEMAN IS TURNED OVER HIS LEFT SHOULDER TO FACE THE CAMERA WHILE SMILING, WITH HIS LEFT FOREARM VISIBLY RESTING ATOP THE WALL. FURTHER STACKS OF WOODEN CRATES TOPPED WITH SANDBAGS ARE VISIBLE AT THE PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND SIDES OF AN OPEN DOORWAY AT THE CENTER BACKGROUND OF THE IMAGE, WHILE ANOTHER STRUCTURE (POSSIBLY A BUNKER [?]) FORTIFIED WITH SANDBAGS IS VISIBLE AT THE EXTREME UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE BACKGROUND OF THE IMAGE. AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT, AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS DATED, "JUNE 21, 1985", FROM, "KENNETH CALHOUN" IDENTIFIES THE SUBJECT & CONTEXT OF THE PHOTOGRAPH AND READS, "THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN AT LZ UPLIFT 1970 - 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE. / MY NAME IS KENNETH CALHOUN, ASSIGNED TO CO E 173RD. / THE SOLDIER IN THE PHOTO WAS NICKNAMED ACE AND WAS FROM BRONX, NEW YORK AND WAS KIA / THIS IS MY 1ST VISIT TO THE WALL - THANKS". STAMPED ALONG THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT IN BLACK INK AND VERTICALLY-ORIENTED ARABIC NUMERALS IS THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S CODE, "3870".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten & stamped inscriptions upon the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "June 21, 1988 / This photo was taken at LZ Uplift 1970 - 173rd Airborne Brigade. / My name is Kenneth Calhoun, assigned to Co E 173rd. / The soldier in the photo was nicknamed Ace and was from Bronx, New York and was KIA / THIS IS MY 1ST VISIT TO THE WALL - THANKS" / [Reverse object surface, stamped inscription] "3870"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.8g
    • Item Length: 8.6cm
    • Item Width: 12.6cm
    • 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.