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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.

canteen

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 11256
  • Accession Date:11/7/1995
  • Item Summary:Canteen. A handwritten inscription upon the exterior surface of the canteen is addressed to, "Rick", is signed, "Fredrick W. Pepper / USN / 1969 - 1973", and indicates that it was left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) during the occasion of a, "MARCHE [sic] ON DC. 95 / FOR OUR HERO'S [sic]." An excerpt of the inscription reads, "When you should have been worried about your next date you died [...] I was spared. / You were not. / Today I marche [sic] to fight a different war. / One to save those who our country has abandoned [...] I will never forget you or them." The artifact was left at The Wall by U.S. Navy and Vietnam veteran Fredrick W. Pepper during a March on Washington, D.C. between September - November 1995.

letter, sealed unopened


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10055
  • Accession Date:11/24/2008
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00239
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:SEALED, UNOPENED LETTER. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A LETTER HOUSED INSIDE A SEALED, UNOPENED, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, WHITE PAPER ENVELOPE BEARING A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED, ADHESIVE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE READS, "ESTEBAN MARQUEZ / USMC / VIET-NAM / 1968 - 1969". AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, THE TRIANGULARLY SHAPED CLOSURE FLAP IS SECURED VIA NUMEROUS STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE SCOTCH TAPE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscription at the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Esteban Marquez / USMC / Viet-Nam / 1968 - 1969"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 45.0g
    • Item Length: 11.5cm
    • Item Width: 24.0cm
    • 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.