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rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 08358
  • Accession Date:5/29/1986
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant (1st Lt) Robert Hugh Price upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. An inscription handwritten upon the obverse surface of the name rubbing reads, "Bob - You cared about your men / Love / Your "Sis" Diane". The artifact was left at Panel 4E of The Wall by a donor identified only as, "Diane" in May 1986.

rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 08360
  • Accession Date:6/2/1988
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) William Arthur Whitney upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between April - June 1988.

rubbing, VVM name


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 08359
  • Accession Date:9/23/1986
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: HUMBERTO ACOSTA-ROSARIO , HUMBERTO ACOSTA-ROSARIO
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Humberto Acosta-Rosario upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. An inscription handwritten upon the obverse surface of the name rubbing reads, "MR. JOSEPH BECK / MR. FEATHERSON, JIM, MY FRIEND, / COULD YOU PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR, WOULD IT BE ASKING TO [sic] MUCH IF YOU RECYCLED REG. ADDRESSES BUS & HOME. / ?MISSING? / PLEASE, PLZ CORRESPOND, BACK FOR THAT BUDDY CHAMPIONSHIP HOMEFRONT!!" The artifact was left at Panel 47W of The Wall by an anonymous donor between July - September 1986.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00028
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBING FOR U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) HUMBERTO ACOSTA-ROSARIO. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RUBBED IMPRESSION OF THE VVM WALL HONOREE NAME, "HUMBERTO ACOSTA-ROSARIO" EXECUTED IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A VVM WALL RUBBING SHEET. THE WALL RUBBING SHEET CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER WITH A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, BLACK PRINTED BORDER AND THE DATES OF AMERICAN INVOLVEMENT IN THE VIETNAM WAR, "1959" AND, "1975" PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ARABIC NUMERALS WITH AN ACCOMPANYING QUOTATION FOR EACH PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND AND LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNERS OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, RESPECTIVELY. ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE ARE TWO (2) FIELDS PRE-PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT FOR, "PANEL #______" AND "LINE #______", WHICH ARE COMPLETED BY HAND IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS WITH THE VVM WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "47W" AND "30", RESPECTIVELY. A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER AND ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE READS, "MR. JOSEPH BECK / MR. FEATHERSON, JIM, MY FRIEND, / COULD YOU PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR, WOULD IT BE ASKING TO [sic] MUCH IF YOU RECYCLED REG. ADDRESSES BUS & HOME. / ?MISSING? / PLEASE, PLZ CORRESPOND, BACK FOR THAT BUDDY CHAMPIONSHIP HOMEFRONT!!"
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed, handwritten, & rubbed inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, upper, proper left-hand corner, printed inscription] "1959 / IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WHO SERVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR, THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AND OF THOSE WHO REMAIN MISSING ARE INSCRIBED IN THE ORDER THEY WERE TAKEN FROM US." / [Obverse object surface, lower, proper right-hand corner, printed inscription] "1975 / OUR NATION HONORS THE COURAGE, SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION TO DUTY AND COUNTRY OF ITS VIETNAM VETERANS. / THIS MEMORIAL WAS BUILT WITH PRIVATE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. / NOVEMBER 11, 1982" / [Obverse object surface, lower edge, printed inscriptions] "Panel # / Line #" / [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "MR. JOSEPH BECK / MR. FEATHERSON, JIM, MY FRIEND, / COULD YOU PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR, WOULD IT BE ASKING TO [sic] MUCH IF YOU RECYCLED REG. ADDRESSES BUS & HOME. / ?MISSING? / PLEASE, PLZ CORRESPOND, BACK FOR THAT BUDDY CHAMPIONSHIP HOMEFRONT!! / 47W / 30" / [Obverse object surface, center, rubbed inscription] "HUMBERTO ACOSTA-ROSARIO"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.3g
    • Item Length: 10.7cm
    • Item Width: 27.8cm
    • 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.