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note, printed

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 35315
  • Accession Date:4/23/1990
  • 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.

tags, U.S. Air Force service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 35548
  • Accession Date:11/18/1993
  • Item Summary:Two (2) military issue, U.S. Air Force service identification tags, also referred to as, "dog tags", for Air Force veteran "HYLAND / JAMES H". The artifacts were left at The Wall by James H. Hyland between September - November 1993.

tag, U.S. Army service identification


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 35547
  • Accession Date:11/18/1993
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00122
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. ARMY SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAG, ALSO REFERRED TO AS A, "DOG TAG". THE OBJECT 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 LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. MILITARY SERVICE INFORMATION FOR, "GLADNEY CHARLES F" READING, "RA 14828456 / A / BAPTIST" IS STAMPED INTO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the stamped inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, stamped inscription] "GLADNEY CHARLES F / RA 14828456 / A / BAPTIST"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 4.5g
    • Item Length: 2.8cm
    • Item Width: 5.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 0.1cm (Thickness)
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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.