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print, black & white photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09050
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • 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.

letter, sealed unopened

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10055
  • Accession Date:11/24/2008
  • Item Summary:Sealed, unopened letter. The letter envelope bears a handwritten inscription at the obverse surface reading, "Esteban Marquez / USMC / Viet-Nam / 1968 - 1969". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between September - November 2008.

letter, sealed unopened


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09942
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: WARREN W BOLES
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00031
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:SEALED, UNOPENED LETTER DEDICATED TO U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE (LTJG) WARREN WILLIAM BOLES. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A LETTER HOUSED INSIDE A SEALED, UNOPENED, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED ENVELOPE COMPRISED OF PLAIN WHITE PAPER WITH A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED, ADHESIVE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE ENTIRE LETTER ENVELOPE HAS BEEN ENCASED IN CLEAR PLASTIC WRAP SECURED VIA NUMEROUS STRIPS OF ADHESIVE MASKING TAPE. AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE READS, "WARREN WILLIAM ("BILL") BOLES / BORN DECEMBER 14, 1940 / KILLED IN ACTION 1967". ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S LOG ENTRY ASSOCIATED WITH THE ARTIFACT IS CITED, AS FOLLOWS: "10/46".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "Warren William ("Bill") Boles / born December 14, 1940 / killed in action 1967"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 16.1g
    • Item Length: 10.8cm
    • Item Width: 24.5cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 0.2cm (Thickness)
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S LOG ENTRY ASSOCIATED WITH THE ARTIFACT IS CITED, AS FOLLOWS: "10/46".
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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.