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  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09961
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) William David Schiermeyer, Jr. and consisting of: two (2) color photographic prints & a color postcard. The two (2) photos depict PFC Schiermeyer, Jr.'s sister, Debi, and her four (4) children, respectively, while the latter bears a handwritten inscription reading, "Love is Forever, as are you in our hearts". The postcard also bears a handwritten inscription reading, "William David / Schiermeyer / Love is Forever / I'll being [sic] seeing you at home when I too get there / Your loving sister / Debi / 14W". The artifact assemblage was left at Panel W14 of The Wall along with an associated United States national flag (VIVE (9588)) by PFC Schiermeyer, Jr.'s sister, Debi, in October 1986.

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  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09984
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Edward Michael Dennull & U.S. Army Warrant Officer 1 (WO1) John Ernest Anderson and consisting of: a harmonica (blues harp), a printed poem, & a color photographic print. Handwritten inscriptions upon the reverse surface of the school picture identify the subject as 6 1/2 year-old, "Tabitha Smith". The poem is entitled, "IS IT RIGHT?", is authored by, "Rickey L. McDonald / Tacoma Wa.", and in content explores a central theme of the moral rectitude of killing an enemy in a time of war. The artifact assemblage was left at Panel W20 of The Wall by Rickey L. McDonald in October 1986.

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  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09962
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: RAYMOND R SCHIFRIN
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) Raymond Richard Schifrin and consisting of a color postcard & a ceramic ashtray. The ceramic ashtray bears SGT Schifrin's name etched upon the under-surface and appears to have been made by him as a child. The postcard bears numerous handwritten inscriptions dated, "10/12/86" from SGT Schifrin's mother and siblings which read (in part), "I wanted to bring those undelivered letters; but, some things are too difficult to part with [...] P.S. Happy New Year wherever you are [...] Looking forward when we will all be together. / We all love you [...] P.P.P.S. Daddy is with you." The artifact assemblage was left at Panel W22 of The Wall by the family of SGT Schifrin on October 12, 1986.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00031
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SERGEANT (SGT) RAYMOND RICHARD SCHIFRIN AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) COLOR POSTCARD & COMPONENT (B) CERAMIC BRIC-A-BRAC. COMPONENT (A) COLOR POSTCARD. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A FULL COLOR, IMPACT EAST BRAND POSTCARD PRINTED IN MULTICOLOR/BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE CARDSTOCK. THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE POSTCARD BEARS FOUR (4) COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION) ARRANGED IN FOUR (4) EQUAL QUADRANTS TRIMMED IN WHITE ALONG THEIR EXTERIOR EDGES UPON A BLACK BACKGROUND FIELD. THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES DEPICT (FROM THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND QUADRANT PROCEEDING CLOCKWISE): THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL DOME, THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT, THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL (IWO JIMA STATUE), & THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL. THE PHRASE, "WASHINGTON D.C." IS PRINTED IN WHITE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT AND UNDERLINED IN RED ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. PRINTED IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE UPPER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE POSTCARD IS THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S INFORMATION, "TRAVEL CARD COLLECTION". A PRE-PRINTED, BLACK VERTICAL LINE AT THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE SEPARATES THE WRITING SURFACE OF THE POSTCARD INTO RETURN & RECIPIENT BLOCS, WHILE TWO (2) PRE-PRINTED BLACK LINES AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE DESIGNATE A SPACE FOR AFFIXING POSTAGE. AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE THE PHOTOGRAPH CREDITS, "#1468 TOP LEFT - CAPITOL BUILDING / G-964 TOP RIGHT - WASHINGTON MONUMENT / BOTTOM LEFT - ABRAHAM LINCOLN MEMORIAL / BOTTOM RIGHT - MARINE MEMORIAL" ARE PRINTED IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS, IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S ORDER INSTRUCTIONS, "SEND $5.00 FOR IMPACT PRINT CATALOGUE: IMPACT EAST 836 RITCHIE HWY UNIT 8 SEVERNA PARK, MD. 21146 PRINTED IN JAPAN" SIMILARLY PRINTED IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, THE PUBLISHING CREDIT, "IMPACT ® * "LIFE LIKE PHOTO ART" / PUBLISHED BY: IMPACT EAST / © IMPACT 1983 PHOTO U.S.A." IS PRINTED IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE POSTCARD IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR RAYMOND", IS SIGNED, "YOUR EVER-LOVING SIS / ADRIENNE", AND READS, "WE USED TO WRITE YOU EVERYDAY SO IT SEEMS NATURAL TO SIT AND WRITE YOU THIS NOTE. / I WANTED TO BRING THOSE UNDELIVERED LETTERS; BUT, SOME THINGS ARE TOO DIFFICULT TO PART WITH. / MAYBE I SHOULD LEAVE MOM SOME SPACE; SO 'TIL WE MEET AGAIN [...] P.S. HAPPY NEW YEAR WHEREVER YOU ARE." A SECOND (2ND) INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE POSTCARD IS SIGNED, "MOTHER" AND READS, "MY DEAR RAYMOND YOU ARE WITH US ALL THE TIME. / WE MISS YOU AND OUR HEARTS ARE SAD AND LONELY. / LOOKING FORWARD WHEN WE WILL ALL BE TOGETHER. / WE ALL LOVE YOU". A THIRD (3RD) AND FINAL INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE POSTCARD IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR RAY", IS DATED, "10/12/86", AND READS, "DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU DIDN'T NEED TO USE STAMPS? / I CAN WRITE FREE NOW, TOO. / NEVER THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE YOUR NEW ADDRESS! / PANEL 22W LINE 27 / P.P.S. MY HUSBAND MICHAEL IS VERY PROUD OF YOU, TOO. HE ONLY WISHES HE COULD HAVE MET YOU. / P.P.P.S. DADDY IS WITH YOU. / JOHN GREW UP & WINNIE GOT WISE." COMPONENT (B) CERAMIC BRIC-A-BRAC. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A FIRED, DARKLY PAINTED, GLAZED CERAMIC ASHTRAY IN THE SHAPE OF THE BLOCK, CAPITAL LETTER, "L". THE ASHTRAY BEARS THREE (3) SQUARE SHAPED FOOTINGS UPON THE OBJECT UNDER-SURFACE, AS WELL AS THE ARTIST'S NAME, "RAYMOND / SCHIFRIN" ETCHED INTO THE WET CERAMIC PRIOR TO BEING FIRED. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE NPS RANGER'S LOG ENTRY REFERRING TO THIS ARTIFACT IS RECORDED, AS FOLLOWS: "10/30".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed, handwritten, & etched inscriptions upon the various object surfaces of COMPONENTS (A & B) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, printed inscription] "WASHINGTON D.C." / [COMPONENT (A), reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "TRAVEL CARD COLLECTION / #1468 TOP LEFT - CAPITOL BUILDING / G-964 TOP RIGHT - WASHINGTON MONUMENT / BOTTOM LEFT - ABRAHAM LINCOLN MEMORIAL / BOTTOM RIGHT - MARINE MEMORIAL / SEND $5.00 FOR IMPACT PRINT CATALOGUE: IMPACT EAST 836 RITCHIE HWY UNIT 8 SEVERNA PARK, MD. 21146 PRINTED IN JAPAN / IMPACT ® * "LIFE LIKE PHOTO ART" / PUBLISHED BY: IMPACT EAST / © IMPACT 1983 PHOTO U.S.A." / [COMPONENT (A), reverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "Dear Raymond, / We used to write you everyday so it seems natural to sit and write you this note. / I wanted to bring those undelivered letters; but, some things are too difficult to part with. / Maybe I should leave Mom some space; so 'til we met again. / Your ever-loving Sis / Adrienne / P.S. Happy New Year wherever you are. / My dear Raymond you are with us all the time. / We miss you and our hearts are sad and lonely. / Looking forward when we will all be together. / We all love you - / Mother / 10/12/86 / Dear Ray, / Do you remember when you didn't need to use stamps? / I can write free now, too. / Never thought this would be your new address! / Panel 22W Line 27 / P.P.S My husband Michael is very proud of you, too. / He only wishes he could have met you. / P.P.P.S. Daddy is with you. / John grew up & Winnie got wise." / [COMPONENT (B), object under-surface, etched inscription] "RAYMOND / SCHIFRIN"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 4.2g (Weight of COMPONENT (A) only)
    • Item Length: 14.7cm
    • Item Width: 10.5cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE NPS RANGER'S LOG ENTRY REFERRING TO THIS ARTIFACT IS RECORDED, AS FOLLOWS: "10/30".

    Dimensions listed above are for COMPONENT (A) only. Measurements for COMPONENT (B) are as follows:

    [COMPONENT (B)]:
    12.4cm (L) X 10.2cm (W) X 4.0cm (D) X 301.7g (Weight)
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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.