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tags, service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 31743
  • Accession Date:3/22/2011
  • 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.

tag, commemorative service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 32221
  • Accession Date:3/22/2011
  • Item Summary:Non-military issue, commemorative service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Michael Joseph Galbraith. The name, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation/date, & dedication, "Michael J Galbraith / KIA Vietnam 6/6/66 / Forever Remembered" are stenciled 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 October 2010 - March 2011.

tags, service identification


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 31817
  • Accession Date:3/22/2011
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00253
  • Record Component Qty:4
  • Item Description:THREE (3) SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAGS, ALSO REFERRED TO AS, "DOG TAGS". EACH OF THE THREE (3) 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 EITHER THE PROPER LEFT- OR RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. TWO (2) OF THE TAGS ALSO BEAR A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED NOTCH UPON THE CENTER OF THE EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OPPOSITE FROM THE PUNCHED HOLE. THE FIRST (1ST) DOG TAG IS A NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE TAG WHICH BEARS THE NAME & LOCATIONS, "AYDEN ESCARCEGA / WEST BELFAST / BELFAST, IRELAND" STAMPED UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN RAISED, BLOCK SCRIPT. THE SECOND (2ND) DOG TAG IS A MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. NAVY TAG WHICH BEARS MILITARY SERVICE INFORMATION FOR, "GRAVEN JR / RICHARD J" READING, "4755249 O / USN P" STAMPED INTO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE THIRD (3RD) DOG TAG IS A MILITARY ISSUE TAG WHICH BEARS MILITARY SERVICE INFORMATION FOR, "CHARETTE, ROGER" READING, "ER11327837 / T56 A / ROMAN CATHOLIC" STAMPED INTO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE SECOND (2ND) & THIRD (3RD) DOG TAGS ARE PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO ONE ANOTHER VIA A SHORT LOOP OF METAL BALL CHAIN STRUNG THROUGH THE HOLES PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND & PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGES, RESPECTIVELY, OF THEIR OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACES.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the stamped inscriptions upon the obverse object surfaces of the three (3) dog tags is transcribed in full, as follows: ["AYDEN ESCARCEGA" dog tag, obverse object surface, stamped inscription] "AYDEN ESCARCEGA / WEST BELFAST / BELFAST, IRELAND" / ["GRAVEN JR" dog tag, obverse object surface, stamped inscription] "GRAVEN JR / RICHARD J / 4755249 O / USN P" / ["CHARETTE, ROGER" dog tag, obverse object surface, stamped inscription] "CHARETTE, ROGER / ER11327837 / T56 A / ROMAN CATHOLIC"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 4.4g (Weight of commemorative dog tag only)
    • 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 non-military issue, commemorative dog tag only. Measurements for the remaining two (2) military issue dog tags are as follows:

    ["GRAVEN JR" dog tag]:
    2.8cm (L) X 5.0cm (W) X 11.3g (Collective weight of "GRAVEN JR" & "CHARETTE, ROGER" tags)

    ["CHARETTE, ROGER" dog tag]:
    2.8cm (L) X 5.0cm (W) X 11.3g (Collective weight of "GRAVEN JR" & "CHARETTE, ROGER" tags)
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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.

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