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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.

insignia, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Christian) branch

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10263
  • Accession Date:11/19/1986
  • Item Summary:Military issue, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Christian) branch insignia 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 service identification tag (VIVE (10261)), a military issue, U.S. Navy rank insignia shoulder board (VIVE (10262)) 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
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: VINCENT R CAPODANNO
  • 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)
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00034
  • Related Items: VIVE 10260 - letter, handwritten
    VIVE 10261 - tag, U.S. Navy service identification
    VIVE 10263 - insignia, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Christian) branch
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description: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 A SINGLE TAPERED, NAVY BLUE HARD SHOULDER BOARD BEARING TWO (2) EMBROIDERED GOLD STRIPES BELOW AN EMBROIDERED GOLD LATIN CROSS ABOVE. AT THE DISTAL END OF THE SHOULDER BOARD IS A SINGLE, BRASS BUTTON DESIGNED TO AFFIX THE SHOULDER BOARD TO MILITARY DRESS AND WHICH BEARS A RAISED RELIEF DEPICTION UPON THE OBVERSE (OR UPPER) SURFACE OF AN AMERICAN EAGLE WITH WINGS ADDORSED AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE, PERCHED UPON A NAVAL ANCHOR, AND SURROUNDED BY A GLORY CONTAINING THIRTEEN (13) FIVE(5)-POINTED STARS. (SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD), OFFICER RANK INSIGNIA- HTTP://WWW.DEFENSE.GOV/ABOUT/INSIGNIAS/OFFICERS.ASPX) 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, 10261, & 10263).
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 36.9g
    • Item Length: 14.0cm
    • Item Width: 6.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 0.5cm (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.