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rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 21581
  • Accession Date:4/28/1989
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Joseph Patrick Pink. A note handwritten upon the obverse surface of the name rubbing identifies the donor and reads, "Thinking of you. / Flora Belle Bryan". The artifact was left at Panel 23E of The Wall by Flora Belle Bryan between March - April 1989.

rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 21727
  • Accession Date:6/19/1989
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Charles Bennett Stigall upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor in June 1989.

rubbings, VVM name


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 21726
  • Accession Date:6/19/1989
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: ELEANOR G ALEXANDER , PAMELA D DONOVAN , CAROL A DRAZBA , ANNIE R GRAHAM , ELIZABETH A JONES , MARY T KLINKER , SHARON A LANE , HEDWIG D ORLOWSKI
  • Item Summary:Eight (8) Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbings upon laminated VVM Wall rubbing sheets for the eight (8) women listed on The Wall: U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) and nurse Carol Ann Elizabet Drazba, U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Hedwig Diane Orlowski, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) and nurse Pamela Dorothy Donovan, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) and nurse Annie Ruth Graham, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) and nurse Elizabeth Ann Jones, U.S. Army Captain (CPT) and nurse Eleanor Grace Alexander, U.S. Air Force Captain (Capt) and nurse Mary Therese Klinker, & U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane. The artifacts were left at The Wall by an anonymous donor in June 1989.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00060
  • Record Component Qty:8
  • Item Description:EIGHT (8) LAMINATED VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBINGS FOR U.S. ARMY SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT) AND NURSE CAROL ANN ELIZABET DRAZBA, U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE HEDWIG DIANE ORLOWSKI, U.S. ARMY SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT) AND NURSE PAMELA DOROTHY DONOVAN, U.S. ARMY LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTC) AND NURSE ANNIE RUTH GRAHAM, U.S. ARMY SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT) AND NURSE ELIZABETH ANN JONES, U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN (CPT) AND NURSE ELEANOR GRACE ALEXANDER, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) AND NURSE MARY THERESE KLINKER, & U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE SHARON ANN LANE. EACH OF THE INDIVIDUAL NAME RUBBINGS CONSISTS OF A RUBBED IMPRESSION OF ONE (1) OF THE EIGHT (8) VVM WALL HONOREE NAMES, "CAROL A E DRAZBA / HEDWIG D ORLOWSKI / PAMELA D DONOVAN / ANNIE RUTH GRAHAM / ELIZABETH A JONES / ELEANOR G ALEXANDER / MARY T KLINKER / SHARON A LANE" EXECUTED IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A VVM WALL RUBBING SHEET. THE WALL RUBBING SHEETS EACH CONSIST 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 OF THE VVM NAME RUBBING FOR CPT ALEXANDER ARE TWO (2) FIELDS PRE-PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT FOR, "PANEL #______" AND "LINE #______", RESPECTIVELY, AND WHICH ARE COMPLETED BY-HAND IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS WITH THE VVM WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "31E" AND "8", RESPECTIVELY. THE VVM NAME RUBBING FOR 2LT DONOVAN ALSO BEARS ILLEGIBLE SCRIBBLING IN BLUE INK ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. ALL EIGHT (8) OF THE VVM NAME RUBBINGS HAVE SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN LAMINATED INSIDE A CLEAR POLY-PLASTIC MATERIAL. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S TAG ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACTS READ, "6/39, 6/45, 6/46, 6/56, 6/57, 6/62, 6/63, 6/64".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed, rubbed, & handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse object surfaces of the various VVM name rubbings is transcribed in full, as follows: [All eight (8) VVM name rubbings, obverse object surfaces, upper, proper left-hand corners, 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." / [All eight (8) VVM name rubbings, obverse object surfaces, lower, proper right-hand corners, 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" / [CPT Alexander VVM name rubbing, obverse object surface, lower edge, printed inscriptions] "Panel # / Line #" / [2LT Drazba VVM name rubbing, obverse object surface, rubbed inscription] "CAROL A E DRAZBA" / [1LT Orlowski VVM name rubbing, obverse object surface, rubbed inscription] "HEDWIG D ORLOWSKI" / [2LT Donovan VVM name rubbing, obverse object surface, rubbed inscription] "PAMELA D DONOVAN" / [LTC Graham VVM name rubbing, obverse object surface, rubbed inscription] "ANNIE RUTH GRAHAM" / [2LT Jones VVM name rubbing, obverse object surface, rubbed inscription] "ELIZABETH A JONES" / [CPT Alexander VVM name rubbing, obverse object surface, rubbed inscription] "ELEANOR G ALEXANDER" / [Capt Klinker VVM name rubbing, obverse object surface, rubbed inscription] "MARY T KLINKER" / [1LT Lane VVM name rubbing, obverse object surface, rubbed inscription] "SHARON A LANE" / [CPT Alexander VVM name rubbing, obverse object surface, lower edge, handwritten inscriptions] "31E / 8"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 8.5g (Weight of a single VVM name rubbing only)
    • Item Length: 11.6cm
    • Item Width: 28.7cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S TAG ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACTS READ, "6/39, 6/45, 6/46, 6/56, 6/57, 6/62, 6/63, 6/64".

    Dimensions listed above are for a single VVM name rubbing only, although measurements are identical for all eight (8).
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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.