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narrative, printed

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 35446
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Item Summary:Printed narrative. The narrative is entitled, "HIS NAME'S NOT ON YOUR WALL", bears a handwritten inscription dedicating it to Vietnam veteran, "Bobby Ryscik / of Port Chester, NY / 1950 - 1978", and opens with the lines, "His name's not on your wall. / It should be. / He died there, long before he was dead." In content, the narrative describes Mr. Ryscik's struggles to readjust to civilian life and his subsequent suicide following military service in Vietnam. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor, and childhood friend of Mr. Ryscik, between January - April 1990.

note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 35470
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note reading, "Gerald! / Sorry it was not me, it was a bad move, / Love, / Richard". The artifact was left at The Wall along with another handwritten note (VIVE (35360)) by a donor identified only as, "Richard" between January - April 1990.

note, handwritten


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 35465
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note. The note is addressed, "To: An unknown hero & his family", is signed, "Love, / Karen Stutts", and is composed in two (2) parts to an unnamed Vietnam veteran and his family. The portion of the note dedicated to the veteran reads, "Dear Sir, / Thank you for saving my Daddy's life. / You'll always be remembered", while the remainder of the note reads, "To Your Family, / Though I don't know his name, I know his deeds. / He'll always be in my heart and you in my prayers." The artifact was left at The Wall by Karen Stutts between January - April 1990.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00071
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, LINED NOTEBOOK PAPER AND COMPOSED IN TWO (2) SEPARATE PARTS. THE FIRST (1ST) PART OF THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR SIR", IS SIGNED, "LOVE, / KAREN STUTTS", AND READS, "THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY DADDY'S LIFE. / YOU'LL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED." THE SECOND (2ND) PART OF THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED, "TO YOUR FAMILY", IS SIGNED, "LOVE, / KAREN STUTTS", AND READS, "THOUGH I DON'T KNOW HIS NAME, I KNOW HIS DEEDS. / HE'LL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND YOU IN MY PRAYERS." AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, AN INSCRIPTION IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND VERTICALLY-ORIENTED CURSIVE SCRIPT THAT READS, "TO: AN UNKNOWN HERO & HIS FAMILY". THE PAPER FIBERS COMPRISING THE SHEET UPON WHICH THE NOTE IS COMPOSED EVINCE ONE (1) DISTINCT VERTICAL AND ONE (1) DISTINCT HORIZONTAL CREASE, THEREBY INDICATING AREAS WHERE THE SHEET WAS PREVIOUSLY FOLDED INTO FOURTHS (1/4) IN SUCH A MANNER THAT THE HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE UNFOLDED SHEET CAN BE CLEARLY READ UPON THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE FOLDED NOTE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces of the note is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "Dear Sir, / Thank you for saving my Daddy's life. / You'll always be remembered. / Love, / Karen Stutts / To Your Family, / Though I don't know his name, I know his deeds. / He'll always be in my heart and you in my prayers. / Love, / Karen Stutts" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "To: An unknown hero & his family"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.6g
    • Item Length: 24.5cm
    • Item Width: 18.5cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for the unfolded sheet only. Measurements for the folded note are as follows:

    [Folded note]:
    9.5cm (L) X 12.3cm (W) X 2.6g (Weight)
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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.