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narrative, printed

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09049
  • Accession Date:5/29/1986
  • Item Summary:Printed narrative dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) James Lloyd Siron. The narrative is entitled, "Will The Memories Remain ? ", is signed, "The memories still remain! / PFC James L. Siron / Bud", is undated, and opens with the lines, "We were friends during high school and college. / Sharing many a common event during those years." The author of the narrative describes a trip undertaken with PFC Siron to enlist in the Marine Corps, notes his friend's death and his own survival in Vietnam, and concludes his narrative with the lines, "I still don't know why I made it back and you didn't. / How lucky I've remained: With a wife, two daughters, and a son with James in his name. / It's been 18 years and you're not just a name carved in at 35E/9." The artifact was left at Panel 35E of The Wall by a U.S. Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran identified only as, "Bud" in May 1986.

letter, sealed unopened

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09942
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • Item Summary:Sealed, unopened letter dedicated to U.S. Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Warren William Boles. The envelope housing the letter is encased in clear plastic wrap secured via strips of adhesive masking tape, and bears a handwritten inscription at the obverse surface reading, "Warren William ("Bill") Boles / born December 14, 1940 / killed in action 1967". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor in October 1986.

print, black & white photographic


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Photo Credit: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.

Photo Credit: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.
  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09050
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Black & white photographic print. The photographic image depicts a passenger's view of a partial wing structure and engine cowling of a commercial jet aircraft taken in flight. The print is dated, "JAN • 68" and bears a handwritten inscription at the reverse surface reading, "Goin' home." The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous Vietnam veteran between June - July 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00012
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) UPON A SHEET OF RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, KODAK BRAND PHOTO PAPER WITH A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED BORDER CIRCUMSCRIBING THE IMAGE SURFACE. THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT DEPICTS A PASSENGER'S VIEW OF A PARTIAL WING STRUCTURE AND ENGINE COWLING OF A COMMERCIAL JET AIRCRAFT TAKEN IN FLIGHT. A DATE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT READS, "JAN • 68". AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT READS, "GOIN' HOME."
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed inscription upon the obverse object surface and of the handwritten inscription upon the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, lower, center edge, printed inscription] "JAN • 68" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Goin' home."
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.0g
    • Item Length: 9.0cm
    • Item Width: 12.9cm
    • 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.