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letter, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 34767
  • Accession Date:3/21/1991
  • Item Summary:Handwritten letter dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant (Sgt) Robert Curtis Borton, Jr. The letter is addressed, "Dear Uncle Robert Curtis Borton", is signed, "Love / your niece / Cheyenne", and opens with the lines, "I love you / here I sit in Washington D.C. at the top step of the Lincoln memorial wondering if I will ever get to see the one man I have heard so much about but do not know." In content, the author speaks of visiting the National Mall in Washington, D.C., notes that she and her family are fighting for the return of Sgt Borton, Jr. and all American POW*MIAs in Vietnam, and closes her letter with the lines, " I pray for you and everyone else still gone and wait for your return. / I won't give up or stop believing your [sic] out there somewhere till [sic] you are back with us where you belong". The artifact was left at The Wall by the niece of Sgt Borton, Jr., Cheyenne, between January - March 1991.

note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 34808
  • Accession Date:3/21/1991
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Marvin Lee Foster. The note is addressed, "Dear Sir", is signed, "Thanks for everything you did / Roger Wells", is dated, "24 Jan 91", and in content references an associated POW*MIA bracelet (VIVE (5410)). The note reads, "We have had this in our family for nearly 20 years. / My sister wore it starting while I was in Vietnam. / I am sorry to find you on the Wall." The artifact was left at Panel 29W of The Wall along with an associated POW*MIA bracelet (VIVE (5410)) by Vietnam veteran Roger Wells on January 24, 1991.

note, handwritten


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 34789
  • Accession Date:3/21/1991
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note. The note is signed, "John ('67 - 69)" and reads, "We will always be remembered as that half generation of fools turned drug crazed killers of children who lost a non war and had the audacity to come home [...] Thank god it's changing / Thank god for this wall. / Welcome Home." The artifact was left at The Wall by a Vietnam veteran identified only as, "John" between January - March 1991.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00081
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, LINED, TWO (2)-HOLE PUNCHED SPIRAL NOTEBOOK PAPER. AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, THE SHEET BEARS THE HEADING, "ASSIGNMENTS" PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ITALICIZED SCRIPT CENTERED ABOVE TWO (2) COLUMNS LABELED, "CLASS" (PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT THREE (3) TIMES ALONG THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE SHEET) AND, "DATE" (PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT THREE (3) TIMES ALONG THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE SHEET). THE NOTE IS COMPOSED IN TEXT ORIENTED VERTICALLY TO THE PROPER ORIENTATION OF THE SHEET, IS SIGNED, "JOHN ('67 - 69)", AND READS, "WE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS THAT HALF GENERATION OF FOOLS TURNED DRUG CRAZED KILLERS OF CHILDREN WHO LOST A NON WAR AND HAD THE AUDACITY TO COME HOME." A POSTSCRIPT TO THE NOTE READS, "THANK GOD IT'S CHANGING / THANK GOD FOR THIS WALL. / WELCOME HOME." THE SAME PRE-PRINTED 'ASSIGNMENT/CLASS/DATE' HEADING & COLUMN SCHEME OBSERVED AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS IDENTICALLY PRINTED AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten & printed inscriptions upon the obverse & reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "Assignments / Class / Class / Class / Date / Date / Date" / [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "We will always be remembered as that half generation of fools turned drug crazed killers of children who lost a non war and had the audacity to come home. / John ('67 - 69) / Thank god it's changing / Thank god for this wall. / Welcome Home." / [Reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "Assignments / Class / Class / Class / Date / Date / Date"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 1.75g
    • Item Length: 18.8cm
    • Item Width: 12.6cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • 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.