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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.

print, color photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 11961
  • Accession Date:7/8/1986
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam which depicts an unidentified, African-American male serviceman of the U.S. Army's 9th Infantry division dressed in military-issue field attire and smoking a cigarette, while seated upon a stack of crates inside what appears to be an American military installation. A handwritten inscription upon the reverse surface of the image identifies the photo subject, year, location, & relevant military unit and reads, "COOK / 71 / Real Near DMZ / Alpha 4-1". The artifact was left at The Wall along with an associated color photographic print (VIVE (11960)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1986.

print, color photographic


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 11960
  • Accession Date:7/8/1986
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam which depicts a group of four (4) African-American male servicemen of the U.S. Army's 9th Infantry division dressed in military-issue field attire and seated, while reading newspapers & letters inside an unidentified structure within an American military installation. A handwritten inscription upon the reverse surface of the image identifies the photo subjects, year, location, & relevant military unit and reads, "Straight Man / SGT "Rock" / Bro Brown / Lifer / "71" / Quan Tree [sic] near North of Hue / Alpha 4-1". The artifact was left at The Wall along with an associated color photographic print (VIVE (11961)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1986.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00025
  • Related Items: VIVE 11961 - print, color photographic
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, KODAK BRAND PHOTO PAPER BEARING A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, WHITE EXTERIOR BORDER CIRCUMSCRIBING THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE PHOTO IS AN 'IN-COUNTY' IMAGE CAPTURED IN VIETNAM WHICH DEPICTS A GROUP OF FOUR (4) AFRICAN-AMERICAN SERVICEMEN OF THE U.S. ARMY'S 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION (ALPHA 4-1) DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (E.G. OD GREEN T-SHIRTS, OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT COATS & TROUSERS, ETC.) AND READING NEWSPAPERS & LETTERS WHILE SEATED AND FACING ONE ANOTHER INSIDE A PLYWOOD/CORRUGATED IRON MILITARY STRUCTURE. THE SUBJECT SEATED NEAREST TO THE CAMERA WEARS A MILITARY ISSUE, CLOTH PATCH U.S. ARMY 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA, SUBDUED, UPON THE LEFT SHOULDER OF HIS TROPICAL COMBAT COAT, AND ALL APPEAR TO BE SMILING AND IN GOOD SPIRITS. AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK & BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IDENTIFIES THE SUBJECTS IN THE PHOTO, THE YEAR THE IMAGE WAS CAPTURED, THE LOCATION, & THE APPLICABLE MILITARY UNIT AND READS, "STRAIGHT MAN / SGT "ROCK" / BRO BROWN / LIFER / "71" / QUAN TREE [sic] NEAR NORTH OF HUE / ALPHA 4-1". A MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S STAMP IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT READS, "A KODAK PAPER" AND IS EXECUTED IN A REPEATED GRAPHIC MOTIF ACROSS THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE 11961.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten & stamped inscriptions upon the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "Straight Man / SGT "Rock" / Bro Brown / Lifer / "71" / Quan Tree [sic] near North of Hue / Alpha 4-1" / [Reverse object surface, stamped inscription] "A KODAK PAPER [stamped in a repeated graphic motif]"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.3g
    • Item Length: 8.8cm
    • Item Width: 9.2cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
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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.