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tag, commemorative service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 05867
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Item Summary:Non-military issue, commemorative service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", dedicated to U.S. Navy Lieutenant (LT) Orville Dale Cooley. The military rank, branch of military service, name, date of birth, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation/date, & hometown of record, "LT NA COOLEY, / ORVILLE D. / DOB 03 JUL 37 / MIA 16 JAN 68 / JEFFREY CITY" are stamped upon the obverse surface of the tag. The artifact was left at The Wall along with four (4) other non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags (VIVE (5866 & 5868 - 5870)), a wooden Christian cross (VIVE (34838)), & a printed note (VIVE (35315)) by a donor identified only as, "WYOMING BROTHER" between January - April 1990.

tag, commemorative service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 05869
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Item Summary:Non-military issue, commemorative service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", dedicated to U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) Gilbert Byron Bush. The military rank, branch of military service, name, date of birth, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation/date, & hometown of record, "2LT AR BUSH, / GILBERT B. / DOB 17 JAN 41 / KIA 08 MAY 66 / LARAMIE" are stamped upon the obverse surface of the tag. The artifact was left at The Wall along with four (4) other non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags (VIVE (5866 - 5868 & 5870)), a wooden Christian cross (VIVE (34838)), & a printed note (VIVE (35315)) by a donor identified only as, "WYOMING BROTHER" between January - April 1990.

tag, commemorative service identification


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 05868
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: GILBERT B BUSH , ORVILLE D COOLEY , GARY J FUQUA , JOSEPH L HART , THOMAS W SKILES
  • Item Summary:Non-military issue, commemorative service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", dedicated to U.S. Army Warrant Officer 1 (WO1) Thomas William Skiles. The military rank, branch of military service, name, date of birth, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation/date, & hometown of record, "WO AR SKILES, / THOMAS W. / DOB 31 AUG 49 / MIA 19 DEC 71 / BUFFALO" are stamped upon the obverse surface of the tag. The artifact was left at The Wall along with four (4) other non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags (VIVE (5866, 5867, 5869, & 5870)), a wooden Christian cross (VIVE (34838)), & a printed note (VIVE (35315)) by a donor identified only as, "WYOMING BROTHER" between January - April 1990.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00071
  • Related Items: VIVE 05866 - tag, commemorative service identification
    VIVE 05867 - tag, commemorative service identification
    VIVE 05869 - tag, commemorative service identification
    VIVE 05870 - tag, commemorative service identification
    VIVE 34838 - cross, religious item
    VIVE 35315 - note, printed
  • Record Component Qty:8
  • Item Description:NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAG, ALSO REFERRED TO AS A, "DOG TAG", DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY WARRANT OFFICER 1 (WO1) THOMAS WILLIAM SKILES. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, SILVER COLORED METAL DISK WITH ROUNDED CORNERS, A CRIMPED EDGE, AND ONE (1) HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE MILITARY RANK, BRANCH OF MILITARY SERVICE, NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) CASUALTY DESIGNATION/DATE, & HOMETOWN OF RECORD, "WO AR SKILES, / THOMAS W. / DOB 31 AUG 49 / MIA 19 DEC 71 / BUFFALO" ARE STAMPED INTO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE DOG TAG IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO A SHORT LOOP OF METAL BALL CHAIN STRUNG THROUGH THE HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, ALONG WITH TWO (2) OTHER ASSOCIATED NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAGS (VIVE (5866 & 5867)) AND WHICH IS CONNECTED TO OTHER METAL BALL CHAINS BEARING THE REMAINING ASSOCIATED NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAGS (VIVE (5869 & 5970)). THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (5866, 5867, 5869, 5870, 34838, & 35315).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the stamped inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, stamped inscription] "WO AR SKILES, / THOMAS W. / DOB 31 AUG 49 / MIA 19 DEC 71 / BUFFALO"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 28.9g (Collective weight of VIVE (5866 - 5870) & ball chains)
    • Item Length: 2.8cm
    • Item Width: 5.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 0.1cm (Thickness)
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for the dog tag (VIVE (5868)) only, with the exception of "Weight" which is a collective measurement of VIVE (5866 - 5870) & the accompanying metal ball chains. Measurements of the metal ball chains are as follows:

    [Long ball chain]:
    13.5cm (L) X 28.9g (Collective weight of VIVE (5866 - 5870) & ball chains)

    [Short ball chain #1]:
    6.5cm (L) X 28.9g (Collective weight of VIVE (5866 - 5870) & ball chains)

    [Short ball chain #2]:
    6.0cm (L) X 28.9g (Collective weight of VIVE (5866 - 5870) & ball chains)
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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.

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