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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, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 24811
  • Accession Date:11/3/1989
  • Item Summary:Handwritten letter. The letter is addressed, "Hi", is signed, "Love", and opens with the lines, "Well here I am back at The Wall. / My therapist wants me to write down my feelings, so I decided to write to you." In content, the letter represents a general conversation between a surviving veteran of the Vietnam War and those listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM). The author of the letter appeals to his deceased comrades for forgiveness to appease his survivor's guilt, and references the popular Vietnam-era phrase, "It don't mean nothin"; stating the perspective that the war and the sacrifices made by service members in Vietnam, "[...] has to mean something." The author closes by opining that, "Perhaps its meaning is yet to be felt or seen in our world [...] If we keep asking the question "Why?" long enough, an answer may emerge" and concludes his letter with the line, "An answer that will bring peace." The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between September - November 1989.

letter, sealed unopened


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 22955
  • Accession Date:3/30/1989
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: GREGORY S MUNDELL
  • Item Summary:Sealed, unopened letter dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Gregory Stan Mundell. The letter is housed inside a Days Inn (Washington, D.C.) hotel stationery envelope bearing a handwritten inscription from, "Debbie, (Indiana)", dated, "3/89", and reading, "In Honor of Gregory S. Mundell; / he now spends his days with the King of Kings, & the Lord of Lords. / God Bless you Greg." The artifact was left at The Wall by a donor identified only as, "Debbie" in March 1989.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00055
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:SEALED, UNOPENED LETTER DEDICATED TO U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) GREGORY STAN MUNDELL. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A LETTER HOUSED INSIDE A SEALED, UNOPENED, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, DAYS INN HOTEL STATIONERY ENVELOPE COMPRISED OF PLAIN WHITE PAPER WITH A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED, ADHESIVE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE STATIONERY ENVELOPE IS FROM, "DEBBIE, (INDIANA)", IS DATED, "3/89", AND READS, "IN HONOR OF GREGORY S. MUNDELL; / HE NOW SPENDS HIS DAYS WITH THE KING OF KINGS, & THE LORD OF LORDS. / GOD BLESS YOU GREG." AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE STATIONERY ENVELOPE THE HOTEL ADDRESS INFORMATION, "DAYS INN / 2700 NEW YORK AVENUE, N.E. / WASHINGTON, D.C. 20002" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IN THREE (3) SEPARATE LINES. AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE STATIONERY ENVELOPE THE DAYS INN HOTEL CORPORATE LOGO (I.E. A YELLOW RISING SUN WITHIN A SEMICIRCULAR, BLACK DISC) IS PRINTED IN BLACK & YELLOW INK. A BLACK BANNER AT THE LOWER EDGE OF THE CORPORATE LOGO BEARS THE PHRASE, "DAYS INNĀ®" PRINTED IN WHITE & BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE ARTIFACT WAS ORIGINALLY RECORDED BY AN NPS RANGER, THUSLY, "3/127".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten & printed inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "In Honor of Gregory S. Mundell; / he now spends his days with the King of Kings, & the Lord of Lords. / God Bless you Greg. / Debbie, (Indiana) / 3/89" / [Obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "Days Inn / 2700 New York Avenue, N.E. / Washington, D.C. 20002 / DAYS INNĀ®"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 14.6g
    • 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, THE ARTIFACT WAS ORIGINALLY RECORDED BY AN NPS RANGER, THUSLY, "3/127".
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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.