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print, black & white photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01349
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Item Summary:Black & white photographic print and an accompanying handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman, Petty Officer Third Class (HM3) Allen Linn Pierce. Printed and handwritten inscriptions upon the reverse surface of the photo depicting HM3 Pierce specify his military unit information, "ATTACHED TO / BRAVO BTRY. 1st BN 12TH MARS / 1ST PROVINCIAL RIFLE CO.", note his casualty information, "KIA 24 FEB 66", and reference his Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information, "5E Row 74", while the handwritten note records his manner of death as, "KILLED BY .51 CAL VC MACHINE GUN". The artifact was left at Panel 5E of The Wall by an anonymous donor between June - July 1985.

print, color photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01457
  • Accession Date:8/14/1985
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam which depicts several entrenched field fortifications reinforced with sandbags. A handwritten inscription at the reverse surface of the print addressed to, "McFarland" recounts McFarland's agonizing last moments and opens with the line, "To watch you die has been the most painful encounter of my life." The inscription closes with the line, "Bless you for you are the hero." The artifact was left at The Wall along with an associated color photographic print (VIVE (2018)) by an anonymous Vietnam veteran between July - August 1985.

print, color photographic


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01395
  • Accession Date:11/12/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: GARY M SMITH , MICHAEL SMITH
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print dedicated to U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Gary Michael Smith. The print is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam which depicts two (2) young, Caucasian-American servicemen in military issue field attire (i.e. OG-107 tropical combat trousers) standing next to a field radio inside a plywood military structure lit by a single, bare light bulb. The artifact was left at The Wall along with another color photographic print (VIVE (1580)), a funeral program (VIVE (1791)), & a handwritten letter (VIVE (1998)) by an anonymous donor between August - November 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00015
  • Related Items: VIVE 01580 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 01791 - program, funeral
    VIVE 01998 - letter, handwritten
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) GARY MICHAEL SMITH. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, KODAK BRAND PHOTO PAPER WITH A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, WHITE BORDER CIRCUMSCRIBING THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT. 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. ONE (1) MAN SHIRTLESS AND WEARING A PAIR OF OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT TROUSERS AND THE OTHER WEARING A WHITE UNDERSHIRT AND A PAIR OF OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT TROUSERS). THE TWO (2) MEN ARE STANDING NEXT TO A FIELD RADIO, WITH THE SHIRTLESS MAN IN THE BACKGROUND LEANING TOWARDS THE CAMERA AND SMILING WHILE THE MAN IN THE UNDERSHIRT AT THE FOREGROUND GLANCES OVER HIS RIGHT SHOULDER IN THE DIRECTION OF THE CAMERA, UPON A TABLE BELOW A BANK OF WINDOWS INSIDE A LIGHTLY-CONSTRUCTED, PLYWOOD MILITARY STRUCTURE. THE TABLE AND RADIO ARE LIT BY A SINGLE, BARE LIGHT BULB, WHILE TWO (2) CLIPBOARDS BEARING PRINTED DOCUMENTS HANG UPON THE WALLS AT THE PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND SIDES OF THE TWO (2) FIGURES. THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT IS CHARACTERIZED BY A GRAPHIC MOTIF COMPRISED OF A SERIES OF PRINTED, VERTICAL, PARALLEL YELLOW LINES AND THE PHRASE, "KODAK PAPER" PRINTED IN GRAY INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IN A REPEATED PATTERN. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (1580, 1791, & 1998).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed inscription upon the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "KODAK PAPER"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.5g
    • Item Length: 8.8cm
    • 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.