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note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 35474
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 5 (SP5) John Jay Bennett. The note is headed, "SP5 JOJN J. BENNETT / BEACON, NEW YORK", is signed, "Your wife, / Kathy", is dated, "April 6, 1990", and reads, "Dearest John, / Even though it's been 20 years, I still haven't forgotten [...] Love you forever and ever". The artifact was left at The Wall by SP5 Bennett's wife Kathy on April 6, 1990.

note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 35488
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Russell Emil Krause. The note is addressed, "Dear Russ" is signed, "Love / Tutti", is dated, "April 1990", and reads, "I remember as a child telling you that there was no Santa Claus. / I was wrong and I have never forgiven myself." The artifact was left at The Wall by a donor identified only as, "Tutti" in April 1990.

note, handwritten


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 35486
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: RICHARD EVANCHO , RICHARD EVANCHO
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Richard Evancho. The note is addressed, "Dear Mr. Evancho", is signed, "Sincerely / Jennifer Opuszinski [?]", and reads, "To some you are just a name on my bracelet. / To me you are the man who saved this country & my generation. / I will always be grateful and I will always visit you here. / And thank-you for my life". The artifact was left at The Wall by Jennifer Opuszinski [?] between January - April 1990.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00071
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:HANDWRITTEN NOTE DEDICATED TO U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) RICHARD EVANCHO. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT UPON A TORN SCRAP OF PRINTED WHITE PAPER. THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR MR. EVANCHO", IS SIGNED, "SINCERELY / JENNIFER OPUSZINSKI [?]", AND READS, "TO SOME YOU ARE JUST A NAME ON MY BRACELET. / TO ME YOU ARE THE MAN WHO SAVED THIS COUNTRY & MY GENERATION. / I WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL AND I WILL ALWAYS VISIT YOU HERE. / AND THANK-YOU FOR MY LIFE". AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, SOME TEXT FROM THE ORIGINAL SHEET (FROM WHICH THE SCRAP WAS TORN) IS VISIBLY PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT. THE TEXT APPEARS TO RELATE TO AMERICAN POW*MIA SERVICE MEMBERS IN VIETNAM.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten and printed inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces, respectively, is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "Dear Mr. Evancho, / To some you are just a name on my bracelet. / To me you are the man who saved this country & my generation. / I will always be grateful and I will always visit you here. / And thank-you for my life / Sincerely / Jennifer Opuszinski [?]" / [Reverse object surface, visibly printed inscriptions] "[...] back a week later and recovered the [...] of the area for two more days, but no fur- [sic] [...] viec had disappeared. / The U.S. Army listed [...] he North Vietnamese. / He had been held in [...] elease. / No word had ever gotten out to the [...] nscious when he was captured, and did not [...] ced since the latter years of the war. / It is [...] Americans were withheld from release, and [...] m were kept completely separate from the [...] to be held without knowledge of other [...] g to Americans in Southeast Asia. / Whether [...] s not certain. / What is certain, however, is [...] they proudly served."
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 1.2g
    • Item Length: 10.8cm
    • Item Width: 14.8cm
    • 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.