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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 11963
  • Accession Date:7/8/1986
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam [?] which depicts an unidentified, Caucasian-American male serviceman dressed in military-issue field attire and posing in front of a Boeing Vertol CH-4 Sea Knight transport helicopter being loaded from the rear (aft). The artifact was left at The Wall along with an associated color photographic print (VIVE (11962)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1986.

print, color photographic


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 11962
  • 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 an unidentified, Caucasian-American male serviceman dressed in military-issue field attire and bent over at the waist while filling sandbags atop a high hill (possibly a fire base [?]). The artifact was left at The Wall along with an associated color photographic print (VIVE (11963)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1986.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00025
  • Related Items: VIVE 11963 - print, color photographic
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (PORTRAIT 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 AN UNIDENTIFIED CAUCASIAN-AMERICAN MALE SERVICEMAN DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (E.G. OD GREEN T-SHIRT, OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT TROUSERS, COMBAT BOOTS, ETC.) BENDING OVER AND FACING THE CAMERA, WHILE HANDLING A SANDBAG ATOP A HIGH HILL (POTENTIALLY A FIRE BASE [?]) WITH A GREEN VALLEY FLOOR IN THE DISTANT BACKGROUND. THE SERVICEMAN IS SURROUNDED BY EMPTY SANDBAGS AT HIS FEET, AND APPEARS TO BE FILLING THE BAGS WITH SOIL. AN OD GREEN, MILITARY ISSUE DUFFLE BAG OR RUCKSACK [?] SITS UPON A WOODEN BENCH BEHIND THE SERVICEMAN AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE IMAGE. 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 (11963).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the stamped inscription upon the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "A KODAK PAPER [stamped in a repeated graphic motif]"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 3.2g
    • Item Length: 12.8cm
    • Item Width: 8.8cm
    • 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.