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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)

crucifix, religious item

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10503
  • Accession Date:1/21/1993
  • Item Summary:Christian crucifix. The crucifix bears an affixed bas relief of the crucified Christ at the obverse surface. The artifact was left at The Wall along with two (2) associated military issue, service identification tags (VIVE (10504 & 10505)) by an anonymous donor between December 1992 - January 1993.

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


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10263
  • Accession Date:11/19/1986
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: VINCENT R CAPODANNO
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00034
  • Related Items: VIVE 10260 - letter, handwritten
    VIVE 10261 - tag, U.S. Navy service identification
    VIVE 10262 - board, U.S. Navy rank insignia shoulder
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description: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 OBJECT CONSISTS OF A GOLD COLORED METAL DEVICE IN THE FORM OF A LATIN CROSS. THE INSIGNIA IS TYPICALLY AFFIXED TO MILITARY DRESS VIA TWO (2) CLUTCHBACKS AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, BOTH OF WHICH ARE NOW DISJOINED, MISSING, & COMPLETELY DISSOCIATED FROM THE OBJECT. (SOURCE: AMERICA'S NAVY, UNIFORMS & INSIGNIAS- HTTPS://WWW.NAVY.COM/ABOUT/UNIFORMS#ENLISTED-RATE) 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).
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 1.0g
    • Item Length: 1.7cm
    • Item Width: 1.1cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 1.0cm (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.