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  • 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 08389
  • Accession Date:8/1/1988
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Marine Corps Captain (Capt) Lawrence Neal Helber upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. A note handwritten upon the obverse surface of the name rubbing reads, "Capt. Helber - / I have [sic] your bracelet for over 15 years / God Bless you wherever you are / Linda Saban / Akron Ohio". The artifact was left at The Wall by Linda Saban on July 20, 1988.

assemblage


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 08387
  • Accession Date:8/1/1988
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: CHARLES A MARIA
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) Charles Anthony Maria and consisting of: a Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing, a handwritten note, and crossed, miniature United States national & State Flag of Michigan flags. The handwritten note reads, "CHARLES MARIA / "SONNY" / CLASS OF "66", FERNDALE HIGH / FERNDALE, MICH." The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between June - August 1988.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00051
  • Record Component Qty:5
  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SERGEANT (SGT) CHARLES ANTHONY MARIA AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBING, COMPONENT (B) HANDWRITTEN NOTE, AND COMPONENT (C) MINIATURE CROSSED FLAGS. COMPONENT (A) VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBING FOR U.S. ARMY SERGEANT (SGT) CHARLES ANTHONY MARIA. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RUBBED IMPRESSION OF THE VVM WALL HONOREE NAME, "CHARLES A MARIA" EXECUTED IN BLUE COLORED 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. COMPONENT (B) HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER/BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE OBVERSE AND REVERSE OBJECT SURFACES OF A WHITE, LINED, THREE INCH (3") X FIVE INCH (5") NOTECARD. THE HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CARD READS, "CHARLES MARIA "SONNY" / CLASS OF "66", FERNDALE HIGH / FERNDALE, MICH." THE HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE CONSISTS OF A 'TO-DO' LIST WITH A CHECK BOX NEXT TO EACH ITEM AND READS, "PACK CAR 󠄀 / SUN VISORS 󠄀 / MOUNT CLOCK 󠄀 / CHECK OIL/ECT. 󠄀". COMPONENT (C) MINIATURE CROSSED FLAGS. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A MINIATURE UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG, ALSO REFERRED TO AS AN, "AMERICAN" FLAG, AFFIXED TO A MINIATURE STATE FLAG OF MICHIGAN VIA A CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL SECURING THE CENTER OF EACH FLAGSTAFF/POLE TO ONE ANOTHER. THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG IS COMPRISED OF RED, WHITE, AND BLUE POLYESTER-BLEND [?] FABRIC WITH A BLUE CANTON CONTAINING FIFTY (50) WHITE, FIVE (5)-POINTED STARS, A FIELD OR GROUND AREA BEARING THIRTEEN (13) ALTERNATING, HORIZONTAL RED AND WHITE STRIPES, AND A HOIST EDGE AFFIXED TO A BLACK POLY-PLASTIC DOWEL (APPROX. 27.0CM IN LENGTH) VIA TWO (2) METAL STAPLES WHICH SERVES AS A FLAGPOLE OR STAFF. THE DOWEL IS PRESENTLY TOPPED WITH A GOLD COLORED, POLY-PLASTIC STAFF ORNAMENT OR FINIAL. A FERNDALE HIGH SCHOOL (FERNDALE, MICHIGAN) GRADUATION TASSEL COMPRISED OF BROWN & WHITE NYLON THONGS SECURED VIA AN ENCIRCLING BRASS METAL RING AND BEARING AN AFFIXED GOLD & BROWN EMBROIDERED FABRIC EAGLE (THE OFFICIAL MASCOT OF FERNDALE HIGH SCHOOL) IS PRESENTLY SECURED TO THE FINIAL END OF THE FLAGPOLE OR STAFF OF THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG VIA A LENGTH OF KNOTTED, BROWN NYLON CORD. THE STATE FLAG OF MICHIGAN IS COMPRISED OF RED, WHITE, BLUE, BROWN, GOLD, & GREEN NYLON FABRIC WITH A BLUE FIELD OR GROUND AREA CHARGED WITH A FULL COLOR REPRESENTATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COAT OF ARMS (I.E. A BROWN ELK AND A BROWN MOOSE FLANKING THE PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND SIDES, RESPECTIVELY, OF A BLUE SHIELD CHARGED WITH A GRAPHIC DEPICTION OF A BLUE RIVER ISSUING FROM A GOLDEN SUNRISE ALONG GREEN RIVER BANKS, UPON WHICH A BROWN FUR TRADER FIGURE HOLDS A WALKING STICK. THE SHIELD BEARS THE LATIN MOTTO, "TUEBOR" (TRANSLATED AS, "I WILL DEFEND" IN ENGLISH AND A DIRECT REFERENCE TO THE FRONTIER POSITION OF MICHIGAN) EXECUTED IN WHITE, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE UPPER EDGE. A WHITE, BROWN, & GOLD AMERICAN BALD EAGLE UPON A PERCH AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE SURMOUNTS THE SHIELD, WHILE A RED SCROLL BEARING THE LATIN NATIONAL MOTTO, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (TRANSLATED IN ENGLISH AS, "FROM MANY, ONE" AND A DIRECT REFERENCE TO THE NATIONAL UNION OF THE FIFTY (50) STATES) PRINTED IN ARCHED, WHITE, BLOCK SCRIPT SURMOUNTS ALL. TWO (2) ADDITIONAL WHITE SCROLLS BEARING THE LATIN PHRASE, "SI QUAERIS PENINSULAM AMOENAM / CIRCUMSPICE" (TRANSLATED IN ENGLISH AS, "IF YOU SEEK A PLEASANT PENINSULA, LOOK ABOUT YOU" AND BEING THE STATE MOTTO OF MICHIGAN) PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT ARE CENTERED BELOW THE SHIELD & ELK/MOOSE FIGURES). THE MICHIGAN STATE FLAG ALSO BEARS A HOIST EDGE AFFIXED TO A BLACK POLY-PLASTIC DOWEL (APPROX. 27.0CM IN LENGTH) VIA TWO (2) METAL STAPLES WHICH SERVES AS A FLAGPOLE OR STAFF. THE DOWEL IS PRESENTLY TOPPED WITH A GOLD COLORED, POLY-PLASTIC STAFF ORNAMENT OR FINIAL. (SOURCE: FLAG OF MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE FLAG- WWW.STATESYMBOLSUSA.ORG/SYMBOL-OFFICAL-ITEM/MICHIGAN/STATE-FLAG/FLAG-MICHIGAN) ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S NOTE ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACT READ, "7/399".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed, rubbed, handwritten, & screened inscriptions upon the various object surfaces of COMPONENTS (A - C) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), 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." / [COMPONENT (A), 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" / [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, lower edge, printed inscriptions] "Panel # / Line #" / [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, center, rubbed inscription] "CHARLES A MARIA" / [COMPONENT (B), obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "CHARLES MARIA / "SONNY" / CLASS OF "66", FERNDALE HIGH / FERNDALE, MICH." / [COMPONENT (B), reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "PACK CAR 󠄀 / SUN VISORS 󠄀 / MOUNT CLOCK 󠄀 / CHECK OIL/ECT. 󠄀" / [COMPONENT (C), obverse object surface, screened inscriptions] "E PLURIBUS UNUM / TUEBOR / SI QUAERIS PENINSULAM AMOENAM / CIRCUMSPICE"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.3g (Weight of COMPONENT (A) only)
    • Item Length: 10.8cm
    • Item Width: 27.8cm
    • 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 READ, "7/399".

    Dimensions listed above are for COMPONENT (A) only. Measurements for COMPONENTS (B & C) are as follows:

    [COMPONENT (B)]:
    7.6cm (L) X 12.7cm (W) X 1.4g (Weight)

    [COMPONENT (C)]:
    25.5cm (L) X 31.5cm (W) X 22.2g (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.