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rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 08381
  • Accession Date:8/1/1988
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) Gregory Alfred Antunano upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. A note handwritten upon the obverse surface of the name rubbing reads, "GREG, / I MISS YOU I LOVE YOU, YOU LEFT ME WHEN I WAS 8. / PLEASE COME HOME. / I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. / YOUR LITTLE BROTHER GARY". The artifact was left at Panel 4W of The Wall by the younger brother of SGT Antunano, Gary Antunano, between June - August 1988.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 08384
  • Accession Date:6/23/1987
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) George Larry Cruse, U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Johnny Miller, U.S. Army Corporal (CPL) Thomas Johnson Bradford, U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) Edward F. Guthrie, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) William B. Kimball, U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) Paul Leonard Yost, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Edgar Godbey, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (SFC) William Roger Brooks, & U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Charles Edward Sissel and consisting of: a Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing, a black & white photographic print, and a two (2) page handwritten note. The handwritten note concludes with the passage, "Im [sic] sitting here at the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Wash. D.C. writing this - / What can I say - / Nothing that hasn't been said before - / Except maybe Goodby [sic] and may you rest in peace - / the rest of the world sure hasn't - / I loved you guys then / I love you now". The artifact assemblage was left at Panel 54E of The Wall by former U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) and Vietnam veteran Jimmie L. Coutthaul [?] on June 16, 1987.

rubbing, VVM name


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 08383
  • Accession Date:8/1/1988
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: GEORGE D MACDONALD
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Air Force Captain (Capt) George Duncan MacDonald upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. A note handwritten upon the obverse surface of the name rubbing reads, "Brother George, / I love you and have not forgotten your sacrifice. / I still am working for your release. / Love / Brother Greg". The artifact was left at Panel 1W of The Wall by the brother of Capt MacDonald, Greg MacDonald, between June - August 1988.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00051
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBING FOR U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) GEORGE DUNCAN MACDONALD. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RUBBED IMPRESSION OF THE VVM WALL HONOREE NAME, "GEORGE D MACDONALD" 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 #______", RESPECTIVELY. THE VVM WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "W1" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE UPPER EDGE & LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE (ABOVE AND BELOW THE RUBBED NAME IMPRESSION) READS, "BROTHER GEORGE, / I LOVE YOU AND HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN YOUR SACRIFICE. / I STILL AM WORKING FOR YOUR RELEASE. / LOVE / BROTHER GREG". ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S NOTE ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACT SPECIFIED THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION OF DONATION AND READ, "7/396 W1".
  • 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] "W1 / Brother George, / I love you and have not forgotten your sacrifice. / I still am working for your release. / Love / Brother Greg" / [Obverse object surface, center, rubbed inscription] "GEORGE D MacDONALD"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.3g
    • Item Length: 10.7g
    • Item Width: 27.8g
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S NOTE ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACT SPECIFIED THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION OF DONATION AND READ, "7/396 W1".
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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.