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rubbings, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 17055
  • Accession Date:1/4/2010
  • Item Summary:Forty-five (45) Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbings dedicated to various VVM Wall honorees. The artifacts were left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October 2009 - January 2010.

rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 17074
  • Accession Date:4/7/1988
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Corporal (CPL) Edward Anderson upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between December 1987 - April 1988.

rubbing, VVM name


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 17057
  • Accession Date:1/4/2010
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: MICHAEL RAND , MICHAEL RAND
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Michael Rand. The name rubbing features full color printed reproductions of the U.S. Army 23rd Infantry Regiment distinctive unit insignia & the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division shoulder sleeve insignia (under which SSG Rand served), as well as the printed inscriptions, ""HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THE FREEDOM WE HAVE TODAY / MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHO SERVE / VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / WASHINGTON, D.C." The name rubbing also bears two (2) full color photographic reproductions depicting SSG Rand 'in-country' in Vietnam. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October 2009 - January 2010.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00246
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBING FOR U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) MICHAEL RAND. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RUBBED IMPRESSION OF THE VVM WALL HONOREE NAME, "MICHAEL RAND" EXECUTED IN BLACK CHARCOAL OR GRAPHITE PENCIL [?] AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER LAMINATED INSIDE A CLEAR POLY-PLASTIC MATERIAL. AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE RUBBED VVM NAME IMPRESSION AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS A FULL COLOR REPRODUCTION OF A MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. ARMY 23RD INFANTRY REGIMENT DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA (I.E. A SHIELD BLAZONED: PARTI PER CHEVRON WAVY AZURE AND ARGENT IN DEXTER CHIEF A CROSS PATEE' OF THE SECOND (2ND) IN SINISTER CHIEF A SEA LION WITH SWORD IN DEXTER PAW OF THE LIKE LANGUED GULES IN BASE A NORTHERN HEMISPHERE WITH A TRANSPORT IN EACH OCEAN BOTH SAILING FROM EAST TO WEST, ALL PROPER. THE SHIELD IS BLUE & WHITE, THE COLORS OF INFANTRY. THE CIVIL WAR SERVICE IS INDICATED BY THE WHITE CROSS OF THE 5TH CORPS AND THE EARLY PHILIPPINE SERVICE BY THE SEA LION TAKEN FROM THE SEAL OF MANILA. THE MONT BLANC CAMPAIGN OF OCTOBER 1918 DURING WORLD WAR I IS COMMEMORATED BY THE OUTLINE OF THE LOWER HALF (1/2) OF THE SHIELD. THE REGIMENT HAS THE UNIQUE DISTINCTION OF BEING THE FIRST (1ST) AMERICAN REGIMENT TO CIRCUMNAVIGATE THE GLOBE AND THIS IS INDICATED IN THE BASE OF THE SHIELD. THE DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA WAS OFFICIALLY APPROVED BY THE U.S. ARMY FOR USE BY THE 23RD INFANTRY REGIMENT ON 29 OCTOBER 1924. IT WAS AMENDED ON 6 AUGUST 1968 TO ADD THE MOTTO. IT WAS FURTHER AMENDED TO UPDATE THE DESCRIPTION AND SYMBOLISM ON 12 JUNE 2009. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL)) PRINTED IN BLUE, WHITE, & GOLD INK. THE CORRESPONDING UNIT IDENTIFICATION, "4TH BATTALION / 23RD INFANTRY REGIMENT" IS PRINTED IN RED INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE RUBBED VVM NAME IMPRESSION AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE RUBBED VVM NAME IMPRESSION AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS A FULL COLOR REPRODUCTION OF A MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. ARMY 25TH INFANTRY DIVISION SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA, ALSO REFERRED TO AS AN, "ELECTRIC STRAWBERRY" (I.E. A RED TARO LEAF BORDERED IN YELLOW WITH A SINGLE YELLOW LIGHTNING FLASH AT THE CENTER. THE TARO LEAF IS INDICATIVE OF THE DESCENT OF THE 25TH INFANTRY DIVISION FROM THE HAWAIIAN DIVISION, WHILE THE LIGHTNING FLASH IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MANNER IN WHICH THE DIVISION PERFORMS ITS ALLOTTED ASSIGNMENTS. THE SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA WAS OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE U.S. ARMY FOR USE BY THE 25TH DIVISION ON 25TH SEPTEMBER 1944. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL)) PRINTED IN RED & YELLOW INK. THE CORRESPONDING UNIT IDENTIFICATION, "25TH INFANTRY DIVISION" IS PRINTED IN RED INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE RUBBED VVM NAME IMPRESSION AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE PHRASE, "HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THE FREEDOM WE HAVE TODAY" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE UPPER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING PHRASES, "MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHO SERVE / VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / WASHINGTON, D.C." ARE SIMILARLY PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS A COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTION (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION). THE PHOTOGRAPH IS AN 'IN-COUNTRY' IMAGE CAPTURED IN VIETNAM WHICH DEPICTS A YOUNG, CAUCASIAN-AMERICAN SERVICEMAN (SSG RAND) DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (E.G. OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT TROUSERS, OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT BOOTS (ALSO REFERRED TO AS, "JUNGLE BOOTS"), WHITE UNDERSHIRT, ETC.) SEATED AND FACING THE CAMERA WHILE SMILING IN FRONT OF A LANDSCAPE CHARACTERIZED BY LOW SCRUB VEGETATION AND A TREE LINE AT THE DISTANT BACKGROUND. AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS A COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTION (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION). THE PHOTOGRAPH IS AN 'IN-COUNTRY' IMAGE CAPTURED IN VIETNAM WHICH DEPICTS A YOUNG, CAUCASIAN-AMERICAN SERVICEMAN (SSG RAND) DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (E.G. OG-107 UTILITY SHIRT, OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT TROUSERS, CAP, ETC.) AND FACING THE CAMERA IN FRONT OF THE OPEN REAR FLAP OF A MILITARY CARGO VEHICLE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed & rubbed inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, upper edge, printed inscription] "HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THE FREEDOM WE HAVE TODAY" / [Obverse object surface, lower edge, printed inscriptions] "MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHO SERVE / VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / WASHINGTON, D.C." / [Obverse object surface, lower, proper right- and left-hand corners of VVM name rubbing, printed inscriptions] "4th Battalion / 23rd Infantry Regiment / 25th Infantry Division" / [Obverse object surface, rubbed inscription] "MICHAEL RAND"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 13.9g
    • Item Length: 10.7cm
    • Item Width: 26.7cm
    • 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.