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tags, commemorative service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 20050
  • Accession Date:6/2/2010
  • Item Summary:Three (3) non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags, also referred to as, "dog tags", dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Raymond George Kriskovich, U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Wayne Dale Krueger, & U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) Gary Arthur Rhodes, respectively. The names and Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designations/dates, "Raymond Kriskovich / KIA 7-10-68", "Wayne D. Kruger [sic] / KIA 3-26-68", & "Gary A. Rhodes / KIA 4-5-68", as well as the dedication, "Some Gave Some / He Gave All", are stenciled upon the obverse surfaces of the three (3) tags. Similarly, the military unit identification, tactical corps designation, theater of military operations, & years of military service, "Bco 1st Bn 502, / 101 Airborne Div / I Core [sic] / South Vietnam 67 - 68" are stenciled upon the reverse surfaces of the three (3) tags. The artifacts were left at The Wall along with an identical & associated set of three (3) non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags (VIVE (21341)) & a single associated non-military issue, commemorative service identification tag (VIVE (20830)) by an anonymous donor(s) between May - June 2010.

tag, commemorative service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 20052
  • Accession Date:6/2/2010
  • Item Summary:Non-military issue, commemorative service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", dedicated to U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Darrell Raymond Umholtz. The name, military rank, branch of military service, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation/date, & theater of military operations, "Darrell R. Umholtz / PFC US ARMY / KIA 2/29/68 / Vietnam" are engraved upon the obverse surface of the tag. The artifact was left at The Wall affixed to a metal ball chain by an anonymous donor between May - June 2010.

tag, commemorative service identification


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 20051
  • Accession Date:6/2/2010
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: ROBERT W ABERNATHY
  • Item Summary:Non-military issue, commemorative service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Robert William Abernathy. The name, military rank, branch of military service, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation/date, & theater of military operations, "Robert W. Abernathy / SP4 US ARMY / KIA 3/4/68 / Vietnam" are engraved upon the obverse surface of the tag. The artifact was left at The Wall affixed to a metal ball chain by an anonymous donor between May - June 2010.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00250
  • Record Component Qty:2
  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) ROBERT WILLIAM ABERNATHY AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAG & COMPONENT (B) METAL BALL CHAIN. COMPONENT (A) NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAG, ALSO REFERRED TO AS A, "DOG TAG", DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) ROBERT WILLIAM ABERNATHY. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, GOLD COLORED METAL DISK WITH ROUNDED CORNERS, A FLAT EDGE, AND ONE (1) HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE NAME, MILITARY RANK, BRANCH OF MILITARY SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) CASUALTY DESIGNATION/DATE, & THEATER OF MILITARY OPERATIONS, "ROBERT W. ABERNATHY / SP4 US ARMY / KIA 3/4/68 / VIETNAM" ARE ENGRAVED INTO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS, IN-FILLED IN BLACK. THE DOG TAG IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO A SILVER COLORED METAL BALL CHAIN (COMPONENT (B))STRUNG THROUGH THE HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE DOG TAG. COMPONENT (B) METAL BALL CHAIN. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A LENGTH OF SILVER COLORED METAL BALL CHAIN AFFIXED INTO A CIRCULARLY SHAPED LOOP VIA A METAL CONNECTOR. COMPONENT (A) IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE CHAIN, WHICH IS STRUNG THROUGH THE HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE DOG TAG.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the engraved inscription upon the obverse object surface of COMPONENT (A) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, engraved inscription] "Robert W. Abernathy / SP4 US ARMY / KIA 3/4/68 / Vietnam"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 14.4g (Collective weight of COMPONENTS (A & B))
    • 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 (COMPONENT (A)) only, with the exception of "Weight" which is a collective measurement of COMPONENTS (A & B). Measurements for COMPONENT (B) are as follows:

    [COMPONENT (B)]:
    37.0cm (L) X 14.4g (Collective weight of COMPONENTS (A & B))
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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.