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assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 31565
  • Accession Date:3/22/2011
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage consisting of numerous military issue items, including: a U.S. Marine Corps service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", for Marine Corps veteran "DOBBERSTEIN / R.J.", a Vietnam Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, & two (2 ) medal ribbon bars (as well as a U.S. Marine Corps Marksmanship Weapons Qualification Badge) affixed to a cardboard substrate. The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by U.S. Marine Corps veteran Richard J. Dobberstein in March 2011.

tags, service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 31817
  • Accession Date:3/22/2011
  • Item Summary:Three (3) service identification tags, also referred to as, "dog tags". Two (2) of the dog tags are military issue tags for U.S. Navy veteran, "GRAVEN JR / RICHARD J" and U.S. military veteran, "CHARETTE, ROGER", respectively, while the third (3rd) is a non-military issue, commemorative tag bearing the name & locations, "AYDEN ESCARCEGA / WEST BELFAST / BELFAST, IRELAND" stamped upon the obverse surface. The artifacts were left at The Wall, two (2) affixed to one another via a metal ball chain, by Ayden Escarcega [?] between October 2010 - March 2011.

tags, service identification


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 31743
  • Accession Date:3/22/2011
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Two (2) military issue, service identification tags, also referred to as, "dog tags", for U.S. military veteran "CUMMINGS GARRY R". The artifacts were left at The Wall affixed to a pair (2) of metal ball chains by Garry R. Cummings between October 2010 - March 2011.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00253
  • Record Component Qty:4
  • Item Description:TWO (2) MILITARY ISSUE, SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAGS, ALSO REFERRED TO AS, "DOG TAGS". EACH OF THE TWO (2) OBJECTS 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, "CUMMINGS GARRY R" READING, "US53291527 / BAPTIST O" IS STAMPED INTO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACES OF BOTH (2) DOG TAGS IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. A SHORT LOOP OF SILVER COLORED METAL BALL CHAIN IS STRUNG THROUGH THE HOLE PUNCHED AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF ONE (1) DOG TAG, AND IS ITSELF AFFIXED TO A LONGER METAL BALL CHAIN BEARING THE REMAINING AFFIXED DOG TAG.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the identical stamped inscription upon the obverse object surfaces of both (2) dog tags is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surfaces, stamped inscription] "CUMMINGS GARRY R / US53291527 / BAPTIST O"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 16.6g (Collective weight of both (2) dog tags & ball chains)
    • Item Length: 2.8cm
    • Item Width: 5.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 0.1cm (Thickness)
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for a single dog tag only (although measurements are identical for both (2) dog tags), with the exception of "Weight" which is a collective measurement of both (2) dog tags & the accompanying metal ball chains. Measurements for the metal ball chains are as follows:

    [Short ball chain]:
    6.0cm (L) X 16.6g (Collective weight of both (2) dog tags & ball chains)

    [Long ball chain]:
    33.5cm (L) X 16.6g (Collective weight of both (2) dog tags & ball chains)
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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.