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cross, religious item

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 34838
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Item Summary:Wooden Christian cross dedicated to U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Joseph Leslie Hart, U.S. Navy Lieutenant (LT) Orville Dale Cooley, U.S. Army Warrant Officer 1 (WO1) Thomas William Skiles, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) Gilbert Byron Bush, & U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Gary James Fuqua. The dedication, "TO MY WYOMING BROTHERS" is handwritten upon the patibulum (or horizontal member of the cross) at the obverse surface. The artifact was left at The Wall along with five (5) non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags (VIVE (5866 - 5870)) & a printed note (VIVE (35315)) by a donor identified only as, "WYOMING BROTHER" between January - April 1990.

tag, U.S. Army service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 35547
  • Accession Date:11/18/1993
  • Item Summary:Military issue, U.S. Army service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", for Army veteran "GLADNEY CHARLES F". The artifact was left at The Wall by Charles F. Gladney between September - November 1993.

note, printed


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 35315
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: GILBERT B BUSH , ORVILLE D COOLEY , GARY J FUQUA , JOSEPH L HART , THOMAS W SKILES
  • Item Summary:Printed note dedicated to U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Joseph Leslie Hart, U.S. Navy Lieutenant (LT) Orville Dale Cooley, U.S. Army Warrant Officer 1 (WO1) Thomas William Skiles, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) Gilbert Byron Bush, & U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Gary James Fuqua. The note is headed, "WYOMING VIETNAM VETERANS / 115 WYOMING CASUALTIES / 6 MISSING IN ACTION", is signed, "WYOMING BROTHER, and reads, "I LEAVE THIS TWIG OF WYOMING NATIVE ASPEN, MY BROTHERS SO YOU MIGHT KNOW THAT WE THINK OF YOU OFTEN. / WE MAY HAVE STIRRED YOUR SOULS THIS PAST SUMMER AS WE GAVE TRIBUTE TO YOU AND YOUR MOTHERS. / THAT IS WHEN I CUT THIS LOVING BRANCH FROM THE EARTH AND HOPE IT IS A PART OF YOU AS IT IS A PART OF ME." The artifact was left at The Wall along with five (5) non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags (VIVE (5866 - 5870)) & wooden Christian cross (VIVE (34838)) by a donor identified only as, "WYOMING BROTHER" between January - April 1990.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00071
  • Related Items: VIVE 05866 - tag, commemorative service identification
    VIVE 05867 - tag, commemorative service identification
    VIVE 05868 - tag, commemorative service identification
    VIVE 05869 - tag, commemorative service identification
    VIVE 05870 - tag, commemorative service identification
    VIVE 34838 - cross, religious item
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  • Item Description:PRINTED NOTE DEDICATED TO U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT COL) JOSEPH LESLIE HART, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT (LT) ORVILLE DALE COOLEY, U.S. ARMY WARRANT OFFICER 1 (WO1) THOMAS WILLIAM SKILES, U.S. ARMY SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT) GILBERT BYRON BUSH, & U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) GARY JAMES FUQUA. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER. THE NOTE IS HEADED, "WYOMING VIETNAM VETERANS / 115 WYOMING CASUALTIES / 6 MISSING IN ACTION", IS SIGNED, "WYOMING BROTHER", AND READS, "I LEAVE THIS TWIG OF WYOMING NATIVE ASPEN, MY BROTHERS SO YOU MIGHT KNOW THAT WE THINK OF YOU OFTEN. / WE MAY HAVE STIRRED YOUR SOULS THIS PAST SUMMER AS WE GAVE TRIBUTE TO YOU AND YOUR MOTHERS. / THAT IS WHEN I CUT THIS LOVING BRANCH FROM THE EARTH AND HOPE IT IS A PART OF YOU AS IT IS A PART OF ME." THE SHEET UPON WHICH THE NOTE IS PRINTED IS PRESENTLY HOUSED INSIDE A 'ZIPLOC-STYLE' SANDWICH BAG COMPRISED OF CLEAR, POLYPROPYLENE PLASTIC WHICH IS SEALED AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE WITH STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE SCOTCH TAPE. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (5866 - 5870 & 34838).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed inscription upon the obverse object surface of the note is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, printed inscription] "WYOMING VIETNAM VETERANS / 115 WYOMING CASUALTIES / 6 MISSING IN ACTION / I LEAVE THIS TWIG OF WYOMING NATIVE ASPEN, MY BROTHERS SO YOU MIGHT KNOW THAT WE THINK OF YOU OFTEN. / WE MAY HAVE STIRRED YOUR SOULS THIS PAST SUMMER AS WE GAVE TRIBUTE TO YOU AND YOUR MOTHERS. / THAT IS WHEN I CUT THIS LOVING BRANCH FROM THE EARTH AND HOPE IT IS A PART OF YOU AS IT IS A PART OF ME. / WYOMING BROTHER"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 12.0g
    • Item Length: 27.0cm
    • Item Width: 16.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are exterior dimensions for the poly-plastic bag within which the printed note is presently encased. Measurements for the paper sheet upon which the note is printed are as follows:

    [Paper sheet]:
    23.0cm (L) X 15.1cm (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.