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assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 26829
  • Accession Date:1/30/1990
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage consisting of: a greeting card envelope, a bi-fold greeting card, a handwritten poem, and a color photographic print. A handwritten note upon the greeting card is addressed, "Hi Dad", is signed, "I love you- / Sarah", is dated, "1/15/90", and in content explains that the donor is leaving a photograph of herself as an infant child, a poem she has written as a young adult, and the card for her father whom she never really knew. The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by a donor identified only as, "Sarah" on January 15, 1990.

poems, printed

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 27353
  • Accession Date:11/27/1996
  • Item Summary:Two (2) printed poems dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Michael Allen Machie. The poems are entitled, "FEELINGS" and, "ALL IN A ROW", respectively, and are by author, "Ken Ainsworth". A handwritten inscription upon one poem reads, "Mike Machie / KIA 1968 / I ride in your memory my brother / until we meet agin [sic] peace be with you / yo-yo". The artifacts were left at The Wall by U.S. Army & Vietnam veteran and author Ken "Yo-Yo" Ainsworth in November 1996.

assemblage


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 27114
  • Accession Date:9/22/1994
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage consisting of a "KATHOLIKON" Central Catholic High School (Dubois, Pennsylvania) yearbook for the graduating Class of 1967, a military issue, U.S. Marine Corps graduation book (Platoon 138- Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, 1966), and a military issue, U.S. Marine Corps graduation photograph for Platoon 138. A handwritten inscription upon the interior surface of the graduation photograph from, "USMC / Chu Lai / 1966-1967 / Lcpl Romus D. Tiskus" reads, "The words still won't come to express the load I still carry, we were so young when we went and so old when we returned. / It is too painful at times to remember, but it is a pain that I carry with Pride & Honor today. / To my fallen Brothers of the Night, the words still won't come, but then maybe none need to be spoken." The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by U.S. Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran Lance Corporal (LCpl) Romus D. Tiskus between July - September 1994.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00133
  • Record Component Qty:3
  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK, COMPONENT (B) MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. MARINE CORPS GRADUATION BOOK, AND COMPONENT (C) MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. MARINE CORPS GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPH. COMPONENT (A) HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A SIXTY-NINE (69) PAGE, HARDCOVER, KATHOLIKON CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL (DUBOIS, PENNSYLVANIA) YEARBOOK FOR THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 1967. THE YEARBOOK IS PRINTED UPON RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEETS OF WHITE, GLOSSY, UNLINED PAPER AND IS BOUND UPON THE EXTERIOR OBJECT SURFACES IN TEXTURED, BLACK LEATHER. THE PHRASES, "'67" AND, "KATHOLIKON" ARE EMBOSSED AT THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE YEARBOOK IN GOLD, BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS WITHIN RAISED GEOMETRIC DESIGNS STAMPED INTO THE LEATHER COVERING. THE YEARBOOK BEARS NUMEROUS BLACK & WHITE AND COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTIONS DEPICTING LIFE FOR THE SENIOR CLASS OF 1967 AT CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, IS FESTOONED WITH MULTIPLE SIGNATURES & INSCRIPTIONS HANDWRITTEN IN A VARIETY OF INK COLORS AND ADDRESSED TO, "ROMUS [U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL LCPL ROMUS D. TISKUS]", AND FEATURES A TABLE OF CONTENTS LISTING SECTIONS FOR, "FACULTY", "SENIORS", "UNDERCLASSES", "STUDENT LIFE", "SPORTS", AND "ORGANIZATIONS". COMPONENT (B) MILITARY ISSUE, HARDCOVER MILITARY GRADUATION BOOK, PLATOON 138, MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, PARRIS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1966. THE BOOK IS PUBLISHED BY JOSTEN'S MILITARY PUBLICATIONS OF TOPEKA, KANSAS AND CONSISTS OF ONE HUNDRED (100) PAGES ILLUSTRATED WITH BOTH COLOR AND BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS DOCUMENTING THE EXPERIENCE OF MARINE CORPS RECRUIT BASIC TRAINING AND THE GRADUATION OF PLATOON 138 FROM THE PARRIS ISLAND RECRUIT DEPOT IN 1966. THE BOOK IS HARDCOVER AND BOUND IN A RED, TEXTURED, SYNTHETIC FAUX LEATHER MATERIAL WITH GREEN AND GOLD EMBOSSED REPRESENTATIONS AT THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE (COVER) OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS EMBLEM (I.E. I.E. A GLOBE ILLUSTRATING THE CONTINENTS OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE INTERSECTED BY A FOULED ANCHOR, AND SURMOUNTED BY AN AMERICAN EAGLE WITH WINGS SPREAD AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE WHILE GRASPING A SCROLL IN ITS BEAK BEARING THE U.S. MARINE CORPS MOTTO, "SEMPER FIDELIS") AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER AND THE U.S. MARINE CORPS WAR MEMORIAL AT THE CENTER. FURTHER EMBOSSED, GOLD, RAISED, BLOCK LETTERING AT THE LOWER EDGE OF THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE (COVER) READS, "MARINE CORPS / RECRUIT DEPOT / PARRIS ISLAND / SOUTH CAROLINA / PLATOON 138." AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE EXTERIOR, REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE (COVER) AN EMBOSSED STAMP IDENTIFIES THE PUBLISHER, "JOSTEN'S MILITARY SERVICE DIVISION". THESE GRADUATION BOOKS ARE PRESENTED TO EACH CYCLE OR PLATOON MEMBER UPON GRADUATION FROM BASIC TRAINING, ALSO REFERRED TO AS, "BOOT CAMP." COMPONENT (C) MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. MARINE CORPS GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPH. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE PHOTO PAPER BEARING A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, WHITE EXTERIOR BORDER CIRCUMSCRIBING THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE SURFACE OF THE PRINT. THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE SURFACE OF THE PRINT PICTURES U.S. MARINE CORPS, "PLATOON 138" WHICH, "GRADUATED 12-APR-1966" FROM THE U.S. MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT IN PARRIS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA. THE PHOTOGRAPH IS A FORMAL MILITARY PORTRAIT DEPICTING THE MEMBERS OF PLATOON 138 DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. MARINE CORPS SERVICE UNIFORMS, POSED STANDING IN FIVE (5) ROWS OF APPROXIMATELY SIXTEEN (16) MEN EACH, UPON A SET OF ELEVATED WOODEN BLEACHERS IN FRONT OF A ROW OF TREES, WITH THE SIX (6) MEN AT THE CENTER OF THE FIRST (1ST) ROW HOLDING THE UNIT FLAG AND THREE (3) OFFICERS STANDING AT ATTENTION UPON THE GRASS IN FRONT OF THE UNIT. THESE THREE (3) OFFICERS ARE HIGHLIGHTED VIA TEXT PRINTED IN WHITE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE SURFACE OF THE PHOTO BELOW THEIR IMAGES, AND ARE IDENTIFIED FROM THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND TO THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE, THUSLY: "FIRST RECRUIT BATTALION / SGT. J.K. HABERN", "SSGT. L. ELLIOTT", & "M.C.R.D., PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. / CPL. J.T. O'MAY". THE PHRASES, "PLATOON 138 / GRADUATED 12-APR-1966" ARE ALSO PRINTED IN WHITE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE SURFACE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT AT THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE. THE PHOTOGRAPH IS PRESENTLY ENCASED BENEATH A SHEET OF CLEAR POLY-PLASTIC, AND IS HOUSED AT THE INTERIOR, LOWER OBJECT SURFACE OF A BI-FOLD, U.S. MARINE CORPS GRADUATION PICTURE FOLDER COMPRISED OF BROWN, TEXTURED CARDBOARD. AT THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE (COVER) OF THE FOLDER A REPRESENTATION OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS EMBLEM (I.E. A GLOBE ILLUSTRATING THE CONTINENTS OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE INTERSECTED BY A FOULED ANCHOR, AND SURMOUNTED BY AN AMERICAN EAGLE WITH WINGS SPREAD AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE WHILE GRASPING A SCROLL IN ITS BEAK BEARING THE U.S. MARINE CORPS MOTTO, "SEMPER FIDELIS") IS EMBOSSED IN GOLD INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE PHRASE, "PLATOON GRADUATION PICTURE" WHICH IS SIMILARLY EMBOSSED IN GOLD, BLOCK SCRIPT. HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK/CURSIVE SCRIPT & ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE INTERIOR, UPPER OBJECT SURFACE (IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPH) IS AN INSCRIPTION FROM, "USMC / CHU LAI / 1966-1967 / LCPL ROMUS D. TISKUS" READING, "THE WORDS STILL WON'T COME TO EXPRESS THE LOAD I STILL CARRY, WE WERE SO YOUNG WHEN WE WENT AND SO OLD WHEN WE RETURNED. / IT IS TOO PAINFUL AT TIMES TO REMEMBER, BUT IT IS A PAIN THAT I CARRY WITH PRIDE & HONOR TODAY / TO MY FALLEN BROTHERS OF THE NIGHT, THE WORDS STILL WON'T COME, BUT THEN MAYBE NONE NEED TO BE SPOKEN."
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the embossed, printed, & handwritten inscriptions upon COMPONENTS (A - C) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), exterior, obverse object surface, embossed inscriptions] " '67 / KATHOLIKON" / [COMPONENT (B), exterior, obverse object surface, embossed inscriptions] "SEMPER FIDELIS / UNCOMMON VALOR WAS A COMMON VIRTUE / MARINE CORPS / RECRUIT DEPOT / PARRIS ISLAND / SOUTH CAROLINA / PLATOON 138" / [COMPONENT (B), reverse object surface, embossed inscription] "Josten's MILITARY SERVICE DIVISION" / [COMPONENT (C), exterior, obverse object surface, embossed inscription] "SEMPER FIDELIS / PLATOON GRADUATION PICTURE" / [COMPONENT (C), interior, upper object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "The words still won't come to express the load I still carry, we were so young when we went and so old when we returned. / It is too painful at times to remember, but it is a pain that I carry with Pride & Honor today. / To my fallen Brothers of the Night, the words still won't come, but then maybe none need to be spoken. / USMC / Chu Lai / 1966-1967 / Lcpl Romus D. Tiskus" / [COMPONENT (C), interior, lower object surface, photographic print, printed inscriptions] "PLATOON 138 / FIRST RECRUIT BATTALION / SGT. J.K. HABERN / SSGT. L. ELLIOTT / M.C.R.D., PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. / CPL. J.T. O'MAY / GRADUATED 12-APR-1966"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 750.0g (Weight of COMPONENT (A) only)
    • Item Length: 27.5cm
    • Item Width: 20.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 1.5cm (Thickness)
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for COMPONENT (A) only. Measurements for COMPONENTS (B & C) are as follows:

    [COMPONENT (B)]:
    31.2cm (L) X 23.4cm (W) X 1.0cm (Thickness) X 750.0g (Weight)

    [COMPONENT (C)]:
    (Folded)
    21.8cm (L) X 26.8cm (W) X 0.2cm (Thickness) X 100.0g (Weight)
    (Unfolded)
    43.7cm (L) X 26.8cm (W) X 0.2cm (Thickness) X 100.0g (Weight)
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  • Posted on 9/20/18 - by Holly Babb-Preusser hollybabbpreusser@yahoo.com
    Romus, you and your brothers are in my prayers always. Your service to our country is not forgotten!

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.

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