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tag, U.S. Army service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 25134
  • Accession Date:10/24/2007
  • Item Summary:Military issue, U.S. Army service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", for Army veteran "GRIFFIN ELLIOTT B". The artifact was left at The Wall by Elliott B. Griffin between August - October 2007.

tags, manila shipping

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 25625
  • Accession Date:11/14/1989
  • Item Summary:Two (2) manila shipping tags dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Paul Francis Newman, Jr. & U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) David James Pugliesi, respectively, housed inside clear plastic sleeves. Handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse surfaces of both tags dedicate the items to SP4 Newman Jr. & SP4 Pugliesi on behalf of numerous Vietnam veterans from the State of Massachusetts. The artifacts were left at The Wall by G. K. Smith, F. Busalacchi, Kevin Downey, Jim Covalucci, & Don Armstrong in November 1989.

assemblage


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 25622
  • Accession Date:11/14/1989
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: JAMES A CREW , LOUIS F GUILLERMIN , HERBERT A KIRK , RONNIE L ROBERTSON , LESTER S VESS
  • Item Summary:Five (5) small manila shipping tags (three (3) bearing affixed red, white, & blue nylon ribbon bows) dedicated to U.S. Air Force Major (Maj) James Alan Crew, U.S. Air Force Major (Maj) Louis Fulda Guillermin, U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Herbert Arthur Kirk, U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Ronnie Lee Robertson, & U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Lester Stanley Vess, respectively. The names, military ranks, & (for some tags) hometown of record and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information are handwritten upon the obverse and reverse surfaces of the tags. The artifacts were left at The Wall by an anonymous donor(s) in November 1989.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00069
  • Record Component Qty:8
  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) JAMES ALAN CREW, U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) LOUIS FULDA GUILLERMIN. U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF SERGEANT (SSGT) HERBERT ARTHUR KIRK, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) RONNIE LEE ROBERTSON, & U.S. ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) LESTER STANLEY VESS, RESPECTIVELY, AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) FIVE (5) SMALL MANILA SHIPPING TAGS & COMPONENT (B) THREE (3) NYLON FABRIC RIBBON BOWS. COMPONENT (A) FIVE (5) SMALL MANILA SHIPPING TAGS. EACH TAG CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SEGMENT OF OFF-WHITE MANILA CARDSTOCK, WITH TRIMMED CORNERS AND A REINFORCED HOLE BEARING KNOTTED WHITE COTTON TWINE AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE FIRST (1ST) [MAJ CREW] TAG BEARS THE NAME, "JAMES A. CREW" HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, AS WELL AS THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "29E / LINE 66" SIMILARLY HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE SECOND (2ND) [MAJ GUILLERMIN] TAG BEARS THE BRANCH OF MILITARY SERVICE, MILITARY RANK, NAME, & HOMETOWN OF RECORD, "USAF MAJ. / LOUIS A. [sic] GUILLERMIN / WEST CHESTER, PA." HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, AS WELL AS THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "53E / LINE 14" SIMILARLY HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE THIRD (3RD) [SSGT KIRK] TAG BEARS THE BRANCH OF MILITARY SERVICE, MILITARY RANK, NAME, & HOMETOWN OF RECORD, "USAF SSG. / HERBERT A. KIRK / PHILA., PA" HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, AS WELL AS THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "44E / LINE 18" SIMILARLY HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE FOURTH (4TH) [SP4 ROBERTSON] TAG BEARS THE MILITARY RANK & NAME, "SPEC. 4 / RONNIE LEE ROBERTSON" HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON BOTH THE OBVERSE & REVERSE OBJECT SURFACES. THE FIFTH (5TH) [PFC VESS] TAG BEARS THE MILITARY RANK & NAME, "PFC / LESTER STANLEY VESS" HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON BOTH THE OBVERSE & REVERSE OBJECT SURFACES. THE THREE (3) NYLON FABRIC RIBBON BOWS COMPRISING COMPONENT (B) ARE AFFIXED TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGES OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACES OF THE MAJ CREW, MAJ GUILLERMIN, & SSGT KIRK TAGS, RESPECTIVELY, VIA THE WHITE COTTON TWINE. COMPONENT (B) THREE (3) NYLON FABRIC RIBBON BOWS. EACH OF THE THREE (3) OBJECTS CONSISTS OF A RIBBON BOW COMPRISED OF THREE (3) INDIVIDUAL NYLON FABRIC RIBBONS (ONE (1) RED, ONE (1), & ONE (1) BLUE) TIED TOGETHER INTO A LARGER RIBBON BOW. THESE THREE (3) NYLON FABRIC RIBBON BOWS ARE PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGES OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACES OF THE MAJ CREW, MAJ GUILLERMIN, & SSGT KIRK TAGS, RESPECTIVELY COMPRISING A PORTION OF COMPONENT (A), VIA THE WHITE COTTON TWINE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse & reverse object surfaces of the five (5) tags comprising COMPONENT (A) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A)- Maj Crew tag, obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "James A. Crew" / [COMPONENT (A)- Maj Crew tag, reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "29E / Line 66" / [COMPONENT (A)- Maj Guillermin tag, obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "USAF MAJ. / Louis A. [sic] Guillermin / West Chester, Pa." / [COMPONENT (A)- Maj Guillermin tag, reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "53E / Line 14" / [COMPONENT (A)- SSgt Kirk tag, obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "USAF SSG. / Herbert A. Kirk / Phila., Pa" / [COMPONENT (A)- SSgt Kirk tag, reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "44E / Line 18" / [COMPONENT (A)- SP4 Robertson tag, obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Spec. 4 / Ronnie Lee Robertson" / [COMPONENT (A)- SP4 Robertson tag, reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Spec. 4 / Ronnie Lee Robertson" / [COMPONENT (A)- PFC Vess tag, obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "PFC / Lester Stanley Vess" / [COMPONENT (A)- PFC Vess tag, reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "PFC / Lester Stanley Vess"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 1.4g (Weight of COMPONENT (A)- Maj Crew tag & COMPONENT (B)- one (1) ribbon bow only)
    • Item Length: 3.5cm
    • Item Width: 7.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for COMPONENT (A)- Maj Crew tag only, with the exception of "Weight" which is a collective measurement of COMPONENT (A)- Maj Crew tag/COMPONENT (B)- one (1) ribbon bow. Measurements are identical for COMPONENT (A)- Maj Crew tag/COMPONENT (B)- one (1) ribbon bow, COMPONENT (A)- Maj Guillermin tag/COMPONENT (B)- one (1) ribbon bow, & COMPONENT (A)- SSgt Kirk/COMPONENT (B)- one (1) ribbon bow. Individual measurements for each COMPONENT (B) ribbon bow are identical, and are listed below along with measurements for COMPONENT (A)- SP4 Robertson tag & COMPONENT (A)- PFC Vess tag, as follows:

    [COMPONENT (A)- SP4 Robertson tag]:
    4.1cm (L) X 8.2cm (W) X 0.8g (Weight)

    [COMPONENT (A)- PFC Vess tag]:
    4.1cm (L) X 8.2cm (W) X 0.8g (Weight)

    [COMPONENT (B)- one (1) ribbon bow]:
    5.0cm (L) X 17.0cm (W)
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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.