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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.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01780
  • Accession Date:2/12/1985
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage consisting of: a military issue, Bronze Star Medal & a Bronze Star Medal lapel pin housed inside a military issue, Bronze Star Medal presentation case. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt authorized the Bronze Star Medal by Executive Order 9419 dated 4 February 1944, retroactive to 7 December 1941. This authorization was announced in War Department Bulletin No. 3, dated 10 February 1944. The Executive Order was amended by President Kennedy, per Executive Order 11046 dated 24 August 1962, to expand the authorization to include those serving with friendly forces. As a result of a study conducted in 1947, the policy was implemented that authorized the retroactive award of the Bronze Star Medal to soldiers who had received the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) or the Combat Medical Badge (CMB) during World War II. The basis for doing this was that the badges were awarded only to soldiers who had borne the hardships which resulted in General (GEN) George C. Marshall’s original advocacy for the creation of the Bronze Star Medal. The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall along with a military issue, Bronze Star Medal ribbon (VIVE (8077)) by an anonymous donor between November 1984 - February 1985. (Source: The Institute of Heraldry- http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil)

print, black & white photographic


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01771
  • Accession Date:11/12/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Black & white photographic print. The photo is a formal high school graduation portrait depicting a young, Hispanic-American woman posing in gown & mortarboard. A handwritten inscription at the reverse surface of the print is addressed, "Dear Mike", is signed, " "Elizabeth" [...] Lopez", is dated, "20 Feb. 70", and reads, "It's nice to meet you. / This picture was taken on my Graduation Day April 69. / Good Luck & God Bless you. / Love, (sis)". The artifact was left at The Wall by Elizabeth Lopez between August - November 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00015
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION) UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, LAMINATED PHOTO PAPER WITH SERRATED EDGES. THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT IS A FORMAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PORTRAIT DEPICTING A YOUNG, HISPANIC-AMERICAN WOMAN DRESSED IN A GRADUATION GOWN AND HOLDING A MORTARBOARD IN FRONT OF HER CHEST, WHILE FACING THE CAMERA AND SMILING IN FRONT OF A NONDESCRIPT STUDIO BACKDROP. A PHOTOGRAPHER'S STUDIO STAMP READING, "POLAR / OLONGAPO CITY" IS EXECUTED IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE/BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR MIKE", IS SIGNED, "LOVE, (SIS) / "ELIZABETH" [...] LOPEZ", IS DATED, "20 FEB. 70", AND READS, "IT'S NICE TO MEET YOU. / THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN ON MY GRADUATION DAY APRIL 69. / GOOD LUCK & GOD BLESS YOU." ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES ORIGINALLY PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE COLLECTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY CITATION PERTAINING TO THE ARTIFACT RECORD IS RECORDED AS FOLLOWS: "IMAGE: DISC 3198, #69-70".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the stamped inscription upon the obverse object surface, as well as of the handwritten inscriptions upon the reverse object surface, is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, stamped inscription] "Polar / OLONGAPO CITY" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "20 Feb. 70. / Dear Mike, / It's nice to meet you. / This picture was taken on my Graduation Day April 69. / Good Luck & God Bless you. / Love, (sis) / "Elizabeth" [...] Lopez"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 3.3g
    • Item Length: 8.5cm
    • Item Width: 6.2cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES ORIGINALLY PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE COLLECTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY CITATION PERTAINING TO THE ARTIFACT RECORD IS RECORDED AS FOLLOWS: "IMAGE: DISC 3198, #69-70".
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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.