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  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01642
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage consisting of a military issue, U.S. Navy & U.S. Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia, also referred to as, "jump wings", affixed to a handwritten note. The note reads, "Audrey - for our museum collection / John". The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by a donor identified only as, "John" between November 1984 - February 1985.

print, color photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01735
  • Accession Date:11/15/1985
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print. An 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam, the photograph depicts the sign in front of the 45th Surgical Hospital (M.U.S.T.) near Tay Ninh, South Vietnam. A handwritten inscription upon the reverse surface of the photo appears to be from an anonymous medical officer or nurse who served at the hospital and is generally addressed to those listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM). An excerpt from the inscription reads, "We did what we could but it was not enough because I found you here / All of you are not just names on this wall you are alive [...] Your pain is ours. / Please go. / I'll never forget your faces / I can't. / Your [sic] still alive." The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous Vietnam veteran in November 1985.

placard, handmade


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01655
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: JAMES A GRAHAM
  • Item Summary:Handmade placard dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Captain (Capt) and Medal of Honor (MoH) recipient James Albert Graham. The placard bears an affixed black & white photocopy of a formal military portrait depicting Capt Graham which lists his hometown as, "ACCOKEEK, MARYLAND". A handwritten inscription upon the placard is headed, "IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF MY FRIEND", is signed, "SEMPER FIDELIS / JACKIE SCHWANER / 26TH MARINES KHE SANH", and reads, "JAMES A. (JIMMY) GRAHAM CAPT. USMC AND TO ALL OF THE MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES SINCE 10, NOV. 1775. / YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN [...] 21-E-46". The artifact was left at Panel 21E of The Wall by U.S. Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran Jackie Schwaner between November 1984 - February 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00005
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:HANDMADE PLACARD DEDICATED TO U.S. MARINE CORPS CAPTAIN (CAPT) AND MEDAL OF HONOR (MOH) RECIPIENT JAMES ALBERT GRAHAM. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A BI-FOLD, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SEGMENT OF WHITE, UNLINED POSTER STOCK. AT THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PLACARD, A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED EXTERIOR BORDER IS HAND-DRAWN IN RED MARKER. WITHIN THIS HAND-DRAWN BORDER IS AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS HEADED, "IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF MY FRIEND", SIGNED, "SEMPER FIDELIS / JACKIE SCHWANER / 26TH MARINES KHE SANH", AND READING, "JAMES A. (JIMMY) GRAHAM CAPT. USMC AND TO ALL OF THE MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES SINCE 10, NOV. 1775. / YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN." AFFIXED TO THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE OF THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PLACARD IS A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, GOLD COLORED, PAPER ADHESIVE STICKER BEARING A DESIGN COMPRISED OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS BRANCH OF SERVICE INSIGNIA (I.E. A GLOBE ILLUSTRATING THE CONTINENTS OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE INTERSECTED BY A FOULED ANCHOR, AND SURMOUNTED BY AN AMERICAN EAGLE WITH WINGS SPREAD AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE) PRINTED IN RED INK IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE ACRONYM, "USMC" SIMILARLY PRINTED IN RED INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT. AFFIXED TO THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PLACARD, VIA STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE SCOTCH TAPE, IS PHOTOCOPY OF A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION). THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE IS A FORMAL MILITARY PORTRAIT AND DEPICTS CAPT GRAHAM ATTIRED IN A MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. MARINE CORPS SERVICE "B" UNIFORM WHILE FACING THE CAMERA IN FRONT OF A NONDESCRIPT STUDIO BACKDROP. THE CAPTION, "*JAMES A. GRAHAM / CAPT" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IN TWO (2) SEPARATE LINES ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE, WHILE CAPT GRAHAM'S HOMETOWN, "ACCOKEEK, MARYLAND" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE PHOTOCOPY BELOW THE PRINTED CAPTION. AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PLACARD THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "21-E-46" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE INTERIOR SURFACE OF THE HANDMADE PLACARD IS A POSTER PRINTED IN MAROON, GOLD, & WHITE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IN A DESIGN COMPRISED OF THE PHRASES, "FOLLOW THOSE / REDSKINS! / THE WASHINGTON POST" PRINTED IN BLOCK SCRIPT IN THREE (3) SEPARATE LINES ABOVE A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTION (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) DEPICTING FORMER WASHINGTON REDSKINS RUNNING BACK JOHN RIGGINS LEAPING OVER THE GOAL LINE INTO THE END ZONE DURING A NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL) GAME AGAINST THE DALLAS COWBOYS. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, A NOTE HANDWRITTEN UPON THE PRIOR ARTIFACT STORAGE ENCLOSURE READ, "X-614".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed & handwritten inscriptions upon the exterior, obverse and interior object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Exterior, obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "USMC / *James A. GRAHAM / Capt" / [Exterior, obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF MY FRIEND / JAMES A. (JIMMY) GRAHAM CAPT. USMC AND TO ALL OF THE MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES SINCE 10, NOV. 1775. / YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. / SEMPER FIDELIS / JACKIE SCHWANER / 26TH MARINES KHE SANH / 21-E-46 / ACCOKEEK, MARYLAND" / [Interior object surface, printed inscriptions] "FOLLOW THOSE / REDSKINS! / THE WASHINGTON POST"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 29.8g
    • Item Length: 21.5cm
    • Item Width: 28cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, A NOTE HANDWRITTEN UPON THE PRIOR ARTIFACT STORAGE ENCLOSURE READ, "X-614".
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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.