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letter, sealed unopened

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 20431
  • Accession Date:11/16/1988
  • Item Summary:Sealed, unopened letter dedicated to U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Michael William Ference. A handwritten inscription at the obverse surface of the letter envelope reads, "Michael Ference". The artifact was left at Panel 30E of The Wall by an anonymous donor between October - November 1988.

letter, sealed unopened

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 21651
  • Accession Date:6/2/1989
  • Item Summary:Sealed, unopened letter dedicated to U.S. Navy Lieutenant (LT) Frederick Eugene Trani, Jr. A handwritten inscription at the obverse surface of the letter envelope specifies LT Trani, Jr.'s Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information, "PANEL 42W / LINE 24." The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between May - June 1989.

letter, sealed unopened


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 21012
  • Accession Date:4/28/1989
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: SHARON A LANE
  • Item Summary:Sealed, unopened letter dedicated to U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and Nurse Sharon Ann Lane. A handwritten inscription upon the obverse surface of the letter envelope reads, "LT. Sharon Lane / AN USA". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor on April 27, 1989.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00056
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:SEALED, UNOPENED LETTER DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE SHARON ANN LANE. 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 CURSIVE/BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE ENVELOPE READS, "LT. SHARON LANE / AN USA". ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S TAG ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACT SPECIFIES THE DATE OF DONATION AT THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) AND READS, "4/27".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "LT. Sharon Lane / AN USA"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 8.1g
    • Item Length: 10.5cm
    • Item Width: 24.0cm
    • 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 SPECIFIES THE DATE OF DONATION AT THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) AND READS, "4/27".
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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.