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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 VFW name

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 34491
  • Accession Date:7/30/1990
  • Item Summary:Non-military issue, commemorative Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Inc. (VFW) name tag. The name, title, & VFW Post identification, "STEPHANIE J. LEWIS / SURGEON / POST 3238 / CAMDEN / DELAWARE / VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS" are engraved upon the obverse surface of the tag. The artifact was left at The Wall by Stephanie J. Lewis between June - July 1990.

tags, service identification


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 33089
  • Accession Date:5/23/2011
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Two (2) service identification tags, also referred to as, "dog tags". One (1) of the dog tags is a military issue, U.S. Air Force tag for Air Force veteran "DUMIAK / WILLIAM J", while the remaining dog tag is a non-military issue, commemorative Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Inc. (VFW) tag bearing the VFW organizational logo and the phrases, "VFW / WE NEVER FORGET" engraved upon the obverse surface. The artifacts were left at The Wall affixed to a metal ball chain by William J. Dumiak in May 2011.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00256
  • Record Component Qty:3
  • Item Description:TWO (2) SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAGS, ALSO REFERRED TO AS, "DOG TAGS". THE FIRST (1ST) OBJECT IS A MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. AIR FORCE DOG TAG CONSISTING 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 LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. MILITARY SERVICE INFORMATION FOR, "DUMIAK / WILLIAM J" READING, "AF12694817 / T63 B POS / CATHOLIC" IS STAMPED INTO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN RECESSED, BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IN-FILLED WITH BLACK. THE SECOND (2ND) OBJECT IS A NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES, INC. (VFW) DOG TAG CONSISTING OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, SILVER COLORED METAL DISK WITH ROUNDED CORNERS, A FLAT EDGE, A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED NOTCH UPON THE CENTER OF THE PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, AND ONE (1) HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE VFW ORGANIZATIONAL LOGO & THE PHRASES, "VFW / WE NEVER FORGET" ARE ENGRAVED UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE DOG TAG IN RECESSED, BLOCK SCRIPT IN-FILLED WITH BLACK. BOTH (2) DOG TAGS ARE PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO A SILVER COLORED METAL BALL CHAIN STRUNG THROUGH THE HOLES PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER LEFT- AND RIGHT-HAND EDGES OF THEIR OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACES, RESPECTIVELY.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the stamped & engraved inscriptions upon the obverse object surfaces of the two (2) dog tags is transcribed in full, as follows: [Military issue dog tag, obverse object surface, stamped inscription] "DUMIAK / WILLIAM J / AF12694817 / T63 B POS / CATHOLIC" / [Non-military issue, commemorative dog tag, obverse object surface, engraved inscription] "VFW / WE NEVER FORGET"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 13.5g (Collective weight of both (2) dog tags & ball chain)
    • 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 military issue dog tag only, with the exception of "Weight' which is a collective measurement of both (2) dog tags & the accompanying metal ball chain. Measurements for the commemorative dog tag & the metal ball chain are as follows:

    [Commemorative dog tag]:
    2.5cm (L) X 5.8cm (W) X 13.5g (Collective weight of both (2) dog tags & ball chain)

    [Ball chain]:
    29.0cm (L) X 13.5g (Collective weight of both (2) dog tags & 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.