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letter, sealed unopened

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16918
  • Accession Date:6/2/1988
  • Item Summary:Sealed, unopened letter. A handwritten inscription upon the obverse surface of the letter envelope reads, "TO: COLONAL [sic] LAWRENCE GUARINO / FROM - / The holder of the bracelet (MIA/POW) with your name on it." The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between April - June 1988.

letter, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 17301
  • Accession Date:6/2/1988
  • Item Summary:Handwritten letter. The letter is addressed, "Hi Jim", is signed, "Love / Paul", is undated, and opens with the line, "I am sorry I haven't written sooner but its [sic] been tough." In content, the letter is a message from a younger brother to an older brother killed in Vietnam just prior to completion of his tour of duty. The author writes about learning of his brother's death that, "I'll never forget coming home from school and finding a priest and service man there to break the news to me", and notes that, "A couple days later I got your letter telling me you were finishing up your tour in Nam and going to Germany, but I guess Nam wouldn't let you go. / You were so close." Paul assures his brother that his homecoming wishes were honored, stating that, "[...] I put the case of beer in the fridge like you wanted and kept your promotion a secret", and closes his letter with the promise and postscript, "Well I have to go know [sic] but I will always come back and visit [...] (P.S. I drank the case of beer)". The artifact was left at The Wall by a donor identified only as, "Paul" on June 1, 1988.

letter, sealed unopened


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 17112
  • Accession Date:4/7/1988
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: CHARLES G MCINTOSH
  • Item Summary:Sealed, unopened letter dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Charles Glenn McIntosh. The letter envelope bears a handwritten inscription at the obverse surface specifying LCpl McIntosh's name and military rank, "L/CPL. Charles Glenn McIntosh", his Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information, "19E - 70", his birth/casualty dates, "Nov 12, 1946 - Jul 24, 1966" and his military unit information, "1st Platoon / E - Co / 2nd Batt. 4th. Marines". The artifact was left at Panel 19E of The Wall by an anonymous donor between December 1987 - April 1988.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00049
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:SEALED, UNOPENED LETTER DEDICATED TO U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) CHARLES GLENN MCINTOSH. 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. AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE ENVELOPE SPECIFIES LCPL MCINTOSH'S NAME AND RANK, "L/CPL. CHARLES GLENN MCINTOSH", HIS VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "19E - 70", HIS BIRTH/CASUALTY DATES, "NOV 12, 1956 - JUL 24, 1966", AND HIS MILITARY UNIT INFORMATION, "1ST PLATOON / E - CO / 2ND BATT. 4TH. MARINES". ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S TAG ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACT READ, "1/57".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "L/CPL. Charles Glenn McIntosh 19E - 70 / Nov 12, 1946 - Jul 24, 1966 / 1st Platoon / E - Co / 2nd Batt. 4th. Marines"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 8.0g
    • Item Length: 10.4cm
    • Item Width: 24.1cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S TAG ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACT READ, "1/57".
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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.