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rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 30381
  • Accession Date:5/12/1998
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Marine Corps Corporal (Cpl) Randy Warren Molkentine upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between January - May 1998.

rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 30420
  • Accession Date:5/15/2007
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Pedro Sanchez, Jr. upon a Skycrest Christian School Wall rubbing sheet. A note handwritten upon the obverse surface of the name rubbing reads, "From your buddy Pedro / R.I.P. / Thanks for fighting for my country!" The artifact was left at The Wall by a Skycrest Christian School student identified only as, "Pedro" between March - May 2007.

rubbing, VVM name


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 30393
  • Accession Date:5/12/1998
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: CHRISTOPHER J BARBER
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Christopher James Barber. A note handwritten upon the obverse surface of the name rubbing identifies the donor and date of donation at the VVM, "Keith Baravarian / April 30" and reads, "May 12 1949 May 5 1968 / Christopher Barber James [sic] / Born - 19 Died - 19 / He lived a life of meaning and died for a nobel [sic] cause / You put your thoughts and feelings in your decision to fight and in the end you knew it was all right [...] 54E line 42". The artifact was left at Panel 54E of The Wall by Keith Baravarian on April 30, 1998.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00165
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBING FOR U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) CHRISTOPHER JAMES BARBER. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RUBBED IMPRESSION OF THE VVM WALL HONOREE NAME, "CHRISTOPHER J BARBER" EXECUTED IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, LINED NOTEBOOK PAPER. A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE (ABOVE THE RUBBED VVM NAME IMPRESSION) IS FROM, "KEITH BARAVARIAN", IS DATED, "APRIL 30 [1998]", AND READS, "MAY 12 1949 MAY 5 1968 / CHRISTOPHER BARBER JAMES [sic] / BORN - 19 DIED - 19 / HE LIVED A LIFE OF MEANING AND DIED FOR A NOBEL [sic] CAUSE / YOU PUT YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS IN YOUR DECISION TO FIGHT AND IN THE END YOU KNEW IT WAS ALL RIGHT / 54E LINE 42". A SIMILAR NOTE HANDWRITTEN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE UPPER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE READS, "HE LIVED A LIFE OF MEANING AND DIED FOR A NOBEL [sic] CAUSE / YOU PUT YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS IN TO YOUR DE".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the rubbed & handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, lower edge, rubbed inscription] "CHRISTOPHER J BARBER" / [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "May 12 1949 May 5 1968 / Christopher Barber James [sic] / Born - 19 Died - 19 / He lived a life of meaning and died for a nobel [sic] cause / You put your thoughts and feelings in your decision to fight and in the end you knew it was all right / Keith Baravarian / April 30 / 54E line 42" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "He lived a life of meaning and died for a nobel [sic] cause / You put your thoughts and feelings in to your de"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.5g
    • Item Length: 24.7cm
    • Item Width: 18.7cm
    • 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.