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rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 22565
  • Accession Date:7/10/1989
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Fred Douglas Carter, Jr. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between June - July 1989.

rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 22723
  • Accession Date:7/10/1989
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Michael Jefferson Greeley upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. A note handwritten upon the reverse surface of the name rubbing reads, "I think of you often. / Was it worth it? / L, / C". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor identified only by the initial, "C" between June - July 1989.

rubbing, VVM name


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 22568
  • Accession Date:7/10/1989
  • 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 upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between June - July 1989.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00061
  • 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 ADAMS" EXECUTED IN GRAPHITE 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. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S TAG ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACT READ, "7/109".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed & rubbed inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [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." / [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" / [Obverse object surface, center, rubbed inscription] "STEVEN H ADAMS"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.2g
    • Item Length: 10.7cm
    • 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 TAG ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACT READ, "7/109".
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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.