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note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 34789
  • Accession Date:3/21/1991
  • 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.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 34818
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Air Force Senior Airman (SrA) Joseph Andrew Matejov and U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Todd Michael Melton and consisting of a handwritten letter bearing an affixed military issue, Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, full color. The letter is dedicated to, "Joe Matejov / Todd Melton / And the rest of the crew of "Baron 52" ", is signed, "Bob "Kaiser" Wilhelm", is dated, "18 Feb '90", and opens with the lines, "Sorry I can't remember all your names. / It's been such a long time." The author concludes his letter by stating that, "They gave me this DFC [Distinguished Flying Cross Medal]. But I didn't earn it. / You guys did and then some. / It's yours." The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by U.S. Air Force and Vietnam veteran Bob "Kaiser" Wilhelm on February 18, 1990.

note, handwritten


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 34808
  • Accession Date:3/21/1991
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: MARVIN L FOSTER
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00081
  • Related Items: VIVE 05410 - bracelet, commemorative POW*MIA
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:HANDWRITTEN NOTE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTC) MARVIN LEE FOSTER. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER. THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR SIR", IS SIGNED, "THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID / ROGER WELLS / MIDDLETOWN RI 02840", AND IS DATED, "24 JAN 91". IN CONTENT, THE NOTE REFERS TO AN ASSOCIATED POW*MIA BRACELET (VIVE (5410)) WORN BY THE AUTHOR'S SISTER DURING HIS SERVICE IN VIETNAM AND PRESERVED BY THE FAMILY THEREAFTER. 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 OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (5410).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "24 Jan 91 / Dear Sir / 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. / Thanks for everything you did / Roger Wells / Middletown RI 02840"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 4.5g
    • Item Length: 21.5cm
    • Item Width: 13.9cm
    • 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.