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Bible, pocket

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 17902
  • Accession Date:6/2/1988
  • Item Summary:Gideons International New Testament pocket Christian Bible dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Marvin Dale Hawthorne. An inscription handwritten upon the dedication page of the Bible is dated, "APRIL 1988" and reads, "ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DIED FOR US. / MAY YOU REST IN PEACE WITH OUR SAVIOUR". The artifact was left at Panel 24E of The Wall along with a Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing (VIVE (8392)) by an anonymous donor in April 1988.

rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 18158
  • Accession Date:8/1/1988
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Anthony Gianelli upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. The artifact was left at Panel 5E of The Wall by an anonymous donor between June - August 1988.

rubbing, VVM name


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 18067
  • Accession Date:8/1/1988
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: STEVEN H ADAMS
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant (MSgt) Steven Harold Adams. A note handwritten below the rubbed VVM name impression is addressed, "To Steven H. Adams", is signed, "Tim Taylor", and reads, "May you come back and all the others. / (POW MIA Bracelet / We care)". The artifact was left at Panel 11E of The Wall by Tim Taylor 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 MASTER SERGEANT (MSGT) STEVEN HAROLD ADAMS. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RUBBED IMPRESSION OF THE VVM WALL HONOREE NAME, "STEVEN H A [incomplete]" EXECUTED IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A SHEET OF HOWARD JOHNSON HOTEL STATIONERY. THE STATIONERY IS COMPRISED OF A SMALL, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER BEARING THE PHRASE, "HOWARD JOHNSON" PRINTED IN GREEN INK ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE VVM WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "11E" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE PRINTED STATIONERY INSCRIPTION UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, WHILE AN NPS RANGER'S NOTE READING, "6/180" IS SIMILARLY HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND ARABIC NUMERALS ABOVE THE PRINTED STATIONERY INSCRIPTION UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT BELOW THE RUBBED VVM NAME IMPRESSION UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS ADDRESSED, "TO STEVEN H. ADAMS", IS FROM, "TIM TAYLOR", AND READS, "MAY YOU COME BACK AND ALL THE OTHERS. / (POW MIA BRACELET / WE CARE)." ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S NOTE ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE OBJECT SPECIFIED THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION OF DONATION AND READ, "11E 6/180".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed & handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse object surface, as well as of the rubbed & handwritten inscriptions upon the reverse object surface, is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, lower edge, printed inscription] "HOWARD JOHNSON" / [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "11E / 6/180" / [Reverse object surface, rubbed inscription] "STEVEN H A [incomplete]" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "To Steven H. Adams / May you come back and all the others. / (POW MIA Bracelet / We care)"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 0.6g
    • Item Length: 7.4cm
    • Item Width: 10.8cm
    • 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 OBJECT SPECIFIED THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION OF DONATION AND READ, "11E 6/180".
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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.