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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, commemorative service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 33050
  • Accession Date:5/23/2011
  • Item Summary:Three (3) non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags, also referred to as, "dog tags". The names, birth dates, & nicknames, "PRICE TAYLOR D / 7/28/99 / TP", "GARDNER MIKE / 11/6/98 / MIKE", and "BRADY STREID / 9-15-98 / STREIDSTER" are stamped upon the obverse surfaces of the three (3) tags, respectively. The artifacts were left at The Wall by Taylor D. Price, Mike Gardner, & Brady Streid in May 2011.

tag, commemorative service identification


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 32221
  • Accession Date:3/22/2011
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: MICHAEL J GALBRAITH
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00253
  • Record Component Qty:2
  • Item Description: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 OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, BLACK POLY-PLASTIC DISK WITH ROUNDED CORNERS, A FLAT EDGE, A BLACK RUBBER OR SILICONE [?] NOISE SUPPRESSING SILENCER FITTED AROUND THE PERIMETER EDGE, AND ONE (1) HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. 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 OBJECT SURFACE IN WHITE BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE DOG TAG IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO A METAL BALL CHAIN STRUNG THROUGH THE HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the stenciled inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, stenciled inscription] "Michael J Galbraith / KIA Vietnam 6/6/66 / Forever Remembered"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 11.4g (Collective weight of dog tag & ball chain)
    • Item Length: 3.0cm
    • Item Width: 5.2cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 0.3cm (Thickness)
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for the dog tag only, with the exception of "Weight" which is a collective measurement of the dog tag & accompanying metal ball chain. Measurements for the metal ball chain are as follows:

    [Ball chain]:
    36.5cm (L) X 11.4g (Collective weight of dog tag & ball chain)
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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.