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letter, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10260
  • Accession Date:11/19/1986
  • 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.

board, U.S. Navy rank insignia shoulder

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10262
  • Accession Date:11/19/1986
  • Item Summary:Military issue, U.S. Navy officer rank insignia shoulder board- Lieutenant O-3 ((LT) full color) dedicated to U.S. Navy Lieutenant (LT) and Congressional Medal of Honor (MoH) recipient Father Vincent Robert Capodanno. The insignia consists of one (1) hard, navy blue shoulder board bearing two (2) embroidered gold stripes below an embroidered gold Latin cross. The artifact was left at The Wall along with a handwritten letter & envelope (VIVE (10260)), a military issue, U.S. Navy service identification tag (VIVE (10261)), & 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. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Officer Rank Insignia- http://www.defense.gov/about/insignias/officers.aspx)

tag, U.S. Navy service identification


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10261
  • Accession Date:11/19/1986
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: VINCENT R CAPODANNO
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00034
  • Related Items: VIVE 10260 - letter, handwritten
    VIVE 10262 - board, U.S. Navy rank insignia shoulder
    VIVE 10263 - insignia, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Christian) branch
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. NAVY SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAG, ALSO REFERRED TO AS A, "DOG TAG", DEDICATED TO U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT (LT) AND CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR (MOH) RECIPIENT FATHER VINCENT ROBERT CAPODANNO. 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. MILITARY SERVICE INFORMATION FOR, "LOWRY / L. R." READING, "707681 B / USN M / CATHOLIC" IS STAMPED INTO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. 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 (10260, 10262, & 10263).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the stamped inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, stamped inscription] "LOWRY / L. R. / 707681 B / USN M / CATHOLIC"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 4.4g
    • Item Length: 2.8cm
    • Item Width: 5.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 0.1cm (Thickness)
  • 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).
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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.