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letter, Bronze Star Medal award citation

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 30733
  • Accession Date:10/20/2010
  • Item Summary:Military issue, Bronze Star Medal award citation letter dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Edward Lee Johnson. In content, the letter is pursuant to posthumous issuance of the Bronze Star Medal to LCpl Johnson for an action in which he defended, "United States Navy Military Provincial Hospital Assistance Program Team N-2 Compound, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam" on, "27 August 1967". An excerpt from the citation reads, "From his exposed position on the roof, inspite [sic] of intense mortar and small arms fire, Lance Corporal JOHNSON con-tinued [sic] to deliver a high volume of fire against the attacking force until he was hit by small arms fire. / Although wounded and suffering intense pain, obviating his continued manning of the machine gun, he refused to abandon his position and continued to assist in the defense of his position by un-packaging [sic] grenades and passing them to the other defenders of the position until killed by an enemy grenade which landed within his position." The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between July - October 2010.

trousers, OG-107 tropical combat

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 33398
  • Accession Date:4/18/1985
  • Item Summary:One (1) pair military issue, OG-107 men's tropical combat trousers dedicated to U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Marvin John Louviere. The artifact was left at The Wall along with an affixed & associated commemorative button (VIVE (777)), a handwritten note (VIVE (778)), & a military issue, OG-107 tropical combat coat (VIVE (33501)) by P. T. J. Banton on January 18, 1985.

cap, commemorative Vietnam Veteran baseball


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 30822
  • Accession Date:4/18/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Non-military issue, commemorative Vietnam Veteran baseball cap. An embroidered design upon the obverse surface of the cap depicts an American eagle in flight, clutching an M-16 rifle, and surrounded by a glory containing six (6) stars. The design also features the embroidered phrase,"Vietnam Veteran / & Proud of It". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between February - April 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00007
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE VIETNAM VETERAN BASEBALL CAP. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A BLACK POLYESTER FOAM FABRIC DOME AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, A BLACK NYLON MESH MATERIAL WITH A BLACK POLY-PLASTIC ADJUSTABLE STRAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, A BLACK NYLON FABRIC SWEATBAND, AND A POLY-PLASTIC BILL INSERT WITH SEWN BLACK POLYESTER MATERIAL AT THE UPPER SURFACE AND SEWN BLACK POLYESTER MATERIAL AT THE LOWER SURFACE. THE PHRASES, "VIETNAM VETERAN" AND, "& PROUD OF IT" ARE EMBROIDERED IN GOLD, BLOCK SCRIPT ABOVE AND BELOW, RESPECTIVELY, A GRAPHIC MOTIF EMBROIDERED UPON THE POLYESTER FOAM FABRIC DOME AT THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE GRAPHIC MOTIF IS COMPRISED OF AN EMBROIDERED WHITE & GOLD AMERICAN EAGLE (IN FLIGHT WITH WINGS OUTSTRETCHED AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE) CLUTCHING AN M-16 RIFLE IN ITS TALONS, AND SURROUNDED BY SIX (6) ARCHED, EMBROIDERED WHITE, FIVE (5)-POINTED STARS. THREE (3) ADDITIONAL WHITE, FIVE (5)-POINTED STARS ARE EMBROIDERED AT EACH OF THE PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND SIDES OF THE UPPER OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CAP BRIM.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the embroidered inscriptions upon the exterior, obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "Vietnam Veteran / & Proud of It"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 50.0g
    • Item Length: 24.5cm
    • Item Width: 23.0cm
    • Item Height: 12.5cm
    • 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.