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rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 20003
  • Accession Date:6/2/2010
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Navy Commander (CDR) Vincent Duncan Monroe. The VVM Wall location information, "62e / 21" is handwritten upon the reverse surface of the name rubbing. The artifact was left at Panel 62E of The Wall by an anonymous donor between May - June 2010.

rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 20201
  • Accession Date:1/5/1989
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Specialist 5 (SP5) Charles Kenneth Truesdale. A note handwritten upon the obverse surface of the name rubbing makes reference to SP5 Truesdale's VVM Wall location information and reads, "13 - 124 / MISS YOU CHUCK". The artifact was left at Panel 13W of The Wall by an anonymous donor between November 1988 - January 1989.

rubbings, VVM name


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 20004
  • Accession Date:6/2/2010
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: EARL E BARNHART JR , DONALD W BRUCH JR , BRIAN E CAMPBELL , BLAINE W ENOS JR , VINCENT F GUERRERO , CHARLES C HINTON JR , JIMMY L HOWARD , LLOYD D LAKE , LEWIS B LONG , HECTOR LOPEZ , HECTOR LOPEZ , RICHARD J MALLON , DONALD R MARLOW , DEWIGHT E NORTON , MICHAEL J ROBINSON , NICHOLES SOCHACKI , NICHOLES SOCHACKI , RONALD STANTON , RONALD STANTON , LARRY E TENNILL , CORNELIUS TERRY , CORNELIUS TERRY , STEPHEN M TRAYNOR , HARLEY D WHITNEY , SELWIN D WISDOM
  • Item Summary:Ten (10) Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbings for various VVM Wall honorees completed in multicolored crayon. The artifacts were left at The Wall by anonymous donors between May - June 2010.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00250
  • Record Component Qty:10
  • Item Description:TEN (10) VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBINGS DEDICATED TO U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) NICHOLES SOCHACKI, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) DEWIGHT EDWARDS NORTON, U.S. ARMY CORPORAL (CPL) VINCENT FEJA GUERRERO, U.S. ARMY PRIVATE (PVT) HECTOR LOPEZ, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 5 (SP5) DONALD RAY MARLOW, U.S. ARMY SERGEANT (SGT) JIMMY LEE HOWARD, U.S. ARMY SERGEANT FIRST CLASS (SFC) RONALD STANTON, U.S. AIR FORCE FIRST LIEUTENANT (1ST LT) DONALD WILLIAM BRUCH, JR., U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) BLAINE WILBERT ENOS, JR., U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) RICHARD JOSEPH MALLON, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) CHARLES COLEMAN HINTON, JR., U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) EARL EDWARD BARNHART, JR., U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) LLOYD DEAN LAKE, U.S. ARMY LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTC) SELWIN DEROY WISDOM, U.S. NAVY HOSPITALMAN (HN) BRIAN EUGENE CAMPBELL, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) STEPHEN MICHAEL TRAYNOR, U.S. ARMY CORPORAL (CPL) CORNELIUS TERRY, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) HARLEY DAIRREL WHITNEY, U.S. ARMY PRIVATE (PVT) MICHAEL JAMES ROBINSON, U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) LARRY EARL TENNILL, & U.S. NAVY HOSPITAL CORPSMAN, CHIEF PETTY OFFICER (HMC) LEWIS BENTON LONG, RESPECTIVELY. THE NAME RUBBINGS EACH CONSIST OF A RUBBED IMPRESSION OF A VVM WALL HONOREE NAME EXECUTED IN ORANGE, BLUE, GREEN, BLACK, TURQUOISE, OR PINK CRAYON AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE OBVERSE AND/OR REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the rubbed inscriptions upon the various object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: "NICHOLES SOCHACKI / DEWIGHT E NORTON / VINCENT FEJA GUERRERO / HECTOR LOPEZ / DONALD RAY MAR [incomplete] / JIMMY LEE HOWARD / DONALD STANTON / DONALD W BRU [incomplete] / BLAINE W ENOS Jr / RICHARD J MALLON / CHARLES C HINTON Jr / EARL E BARNHART Jr / LLOYD D LAKE / SELWIN D WISDOM / BRIAN L CAMPBELL / STEPHEN M TRAYNOR / CORNELIUS TERRY / HARLEY D WHITN [incomplete] / MICHAEL J ROBINSON / LARRY E TENNILL / LEWIS B LO [incomplete]"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.3g (Weight of a single VVM name rubbing only)
    • Item Length: 10.7cm
    • Item Width: 27.7cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for nine (9) out of the ten (10) total VVM name rubbings, each of which are executed upon identically sized sheets of paper. The tenth (10) and outlying VVM name rubbing is executed upon a sheet of paper with measurements which are not identical to the other nine (9), and which are listed as follows:

    [Tenth (10th) VVM name rubbing]:
    6.7cm (L) X 42.6cm (W) X 2.4g (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.