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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 31946
  • Accession Date:5/10/2011
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Army Specialist 5 (SP5) John Jay Bennett. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between March - May 2011.

rubbing, VVM name


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  • Catalog Number:VIVE 31753
  • Accession Date:3/22/2011
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: WHILTON A MCCARTHY
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbing for U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Whilton Anthony McCarthy. The name rubbing features the printed inscriptions, ""HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THE FREEDOM WE HAVE TODAY / MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHO SERVE / VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / WASHINGTON, D.C.", as well as LCpl McCarthy's handwritten birth/casualty dates, "SEPT. 12, 1946 / MAY 16, 1967". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October 2010 - March 2011.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00253
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBING FOR U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) WHILTON ANTHONY MCCARTHY. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RUBBED IMPRESSION OF THE VVM WALL HONOREE NAME, "WHILTON A MCCARTHY" EXECUTED IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER. THE PHRASE, "HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THE FREEDOM WE HAVE TODAY" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE UPPER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING PHRASES, "MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHO SERVE / VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / WASHINGTON, D.C." ARE SIMILARLY PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, A PRE-PRINTED FIELD READING, "__________ / BORN" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT AND IS COMPLETED BY-HAND IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS WITH THE DATE, "SEPT. 12, 1946". AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, A PRE-PRINTED FIELD READING, "__________ / DIED" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT AND IS COMPLETED BY-HAND IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS WITH THE DATE, "MAY 16, 1967". THE NAME RUBBING IS PRESENTLY MOUNTED ATOP A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SEGMENT OF OFF-WHITE CARDSTOCK, AND IS ENCASED WITHIN A CLEAR POLY-PLASTIC MATERIAL. THREE (3) FULL COLOR ADHESIVE DECALS ARE AFFIXED TO THE PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND SIDES, AS WELL AS UPON THE CENTER, OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CARDSTOCK BACKING. THE TWO (2) ADHESIVE DECALS AT THE PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND SIDES OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CARDSTOCK ARE IDENTICAL AND EACH DEPICT A UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG, ALSO REFERRED TO AS AN, "AMERICAN" FLAG, WAVING IN THE BREEZE. THE ADHESIVE DECAL AFFIXED TO THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE CARDSTOCK DEPICTS A FULL COLOR LANDSCAPE SCENE FEATURING THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDING AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE, JUXTAPOSED AGAINST A UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG AND AN AMERICAN BALD EAGLE AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE, WHILE SPRAYS OF WILDFLOWERS DOMINATE THE FOREGROUND OF THE DESIGN. THE PHRASE, "2008 / LET FREEDOM RING" IS EMBOSSED IN GOLD INK AND ITALICIZED/BLOCK SCRIPT & ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE CENTER OF THIS ADHESIVE DECAL.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed, rubbed, & handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse object surface, as well as of the embossed inscription upon the reverse object surface, is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THE FREEDOM WE HAVE TODAY / / BORN / _ / DIED / MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHO SERVE / VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / WASHINGTON, D.C." / [Obverse object surface, center, rubbed inscription] "WHILTON A McCARTHY" / [Obverse object surface, center, proper right- and left-hand sides, handwritten inscriptions] "SEPT. 12, 1946 / MAY 16, 1967" / [Reverse object surface, center, embossed inscription] "2008 / Let Freedom Ring"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 21.0g
    • Item Length: 13.0cm
    • Item Width: 29.9cm
    • 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.