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tag, U.S. Navy service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10181
  • Accession Date:8/9/2005
  • Item Summary:Military issue, U.S. Navy service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", issued to U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) James Andrew Smith. The artifact was left at The Wall affixed to a metal ball chain, in addition to two (2) associated military issue, service identification tags (VIVE (10182 & 10183)) by an anonymous donor on August 9, 2005.

tag, U.S. Navy service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10261
  • Accession Date:11/19/1986
  • Item Summary:Military issue, U.S. Navy service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", for Navy veteran "LOWRY / L. R." and which is dedicated to U.S. Navy Lieutenant (LT) and Congressional Medal of Honor (MoH) recipient Father Vincent Robert Capodanno. The artifact was left at The Wall along with a handwritten letter & envelope (VIVE (10260)), a military issue, U.S. Navy rank insignia shoulder board (VIVE (10262)), & a military issue, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Christian) branch insignia (VIVE (10263)) by U.S. Navy veteran Father Larry R. Lowry on November 13, 1986.

letter, handwritten


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10260
  • Accession Date:11/19/1986
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: VINCENT R CAPODANNO
  • Item Summary:Handwritten letter & envelope dedicated to U.S. Navy Lieutenant (LT) and Congressional Medal of Honor (MoH) recipient Father Vincent Robert Capodanno. The envelope bears LT Capodanno's name while the letter is addressed, "Dear Vince", is signed, "Your brother priest, / Larry", is dated, "11-13-86", and reads, "I have long admired you & still miss you. / I never could walk in your moccasins at 1/7. / Thanks for visiting me before you died. / I still remember the watch. / Pray for me, Vince [...] P.S. We always knew that one day you would win the CMH [Congressional Medal of Honor]". The artifact was left at The Wall along with a military issue, U.S. Navy service identification tag (VIVE (10261)), a military issue, U.S. Navy rank insignia shoulder board (VIVE (10262)), & a military issue, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Christian) branch insignia (VIVE (10263)) by U.S. Navy veteran Father Larry R. Lowry on November 13, 1986.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00034
  • Related Items: VIVE 10261 - tag, U.S. Navy service identification
    VIVE 10262 - board, U.S. Navy rank insignia shoulder
    VIVE 10263 - insignia, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Christian) branch
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  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT (LT) AND CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR (MOH) RECIPIENT FATHER VINCENT ROBERT CAPODANNO AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) HANDWRITTEN LETTER & COMPONENT (B) HANDWRITTEN ENVELOPE. COMPONENT (A) HANDWRITTEN LETTER. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A LETTER HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A LEGAL-SIZED SHEET OF YELLOW, LINED PAPER. THE LETTER IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR VINCE", IS SIGNED, "YOUR BROTHER PRIEST, / LARRY", IS DATED, "11-13-86", AND READS, "I HAVE LONG ADMIRED YOU & STILL MISS YOU. / I NEVER COULD WALK IN YOUR MOCCASINS AT 1/7. / THANKS FOR VISITING ME BEFORE YOU DIED. / I STILL REMEMBER THE WATCH. / PRAY FOR ME, VINCE.[...]P.S. / WE ALWAYS KNEW THAT ONE DAY YOU WOULD WIN THE CMH [CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR]". COMPONENT (A) WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED AT THE WALL HOUSED INSIDE COMPONENT (B). COMPONENT (B) HANDWRITTEN ENVELOPE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED LETTER ENVELOPE COMPRISED OF WHITE PAPER STOCK AND BEARING A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED, ADHESIVE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, A HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT READS, "VINCE CAPODANNO". COMPONENT (A) WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED AT THE WALL HOUSED INSIDE COMPONENT (B). ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE ARTIFACT WAS PREVIOUSLY FEATURED IN THE MUSEUM OF OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION (MOONH# 450). THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (10261 - 10263).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse object surfaces of COMPONENTS (A & B) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "11-13-86 / Dear Vince: / I have long admired you & still miss you. / I never could walk in your moccasins at 1/7. / Thanks for visiting me before you died. / I still remember the watch. / Pray for me, Vince. / Your brother priest, / Larry / P.S. We always knew that one day you would win the CMH [Congressional Medal of Honor]" / [COMPONENT (B), obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Vince Capodanno"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 3.8g (Weight of COMPONENT (A) only)
    • Item Length: 31.7cm
    • Item Width: 20.3cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE ARTIFACT WAS PREVIOUSLY FEATURED IN THE MUSEUM OF OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION (MOONH# 450).

    Dimensions listed above are for COMPONENT (A) only. Measurements for COMPONENT (B) are as follows:

    [COMPONENT (B)]:
    10.4cm (L) X 23.8cm (W) X 4.5g (Weight)
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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.