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rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 30393
  • Accession Date:5/12/1998
  • 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.

rubbing, VVM name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 31739
  • Accession Date:3/22/2011
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Corporal (CPL) Thomas Eugene Coulson upon a VVM Wall rubbing sheet. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October 2010 - March 2011.

rubbing, VVM name


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 30420
  • Accession Date:5/15/2007
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: PEDRO SANCHEZ JR , PEDRO SANCHEZ JR
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00228
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBING FOR U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) PEDRO SANCHEZ, JR. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RUBBED IMPRESSION OF THE VVM WALL HONOREE NAME, "PEDRO SANCHEZ JR" EXECUTED IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A SKYCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 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 A QUOTATION PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE READING, "IN THE HONOR OF 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." THE PHRASE, "SKYCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ITALICIZED SCRIPT ALONG THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND CORNERS, AS WELL AS AT THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, OF THE WALL RUBBING SHEET READS, "FROM YOUR BUDDY PEDRO / R.I.P. / THANKS FOR FIGHTING FOR MY COUNTRY!"
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed, rubbed, & handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "IN THE HONOR OF 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. / Skycrest Christian School" / [Obverse object surface, rubbed inscription] "PEDRO SANCHEZ Jr" / [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "From your buddy Pedro / R.I.P. / Thanks for fighting for my country!"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.0g
    • Item Length: 9.5cm
    • Item Width: 27.9cm
    • 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.