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assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 12230
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Corporal (CPL) John Robert Poff and consisting of: a letter envelope, two (2) black & white photocopied newspaper clippings, & a photocopied funeral program. The newspaper clippings include an Associated Press (AP) wire photo depicting CPL Poff's widow, Cheree, grieving upon receipt of news of his death, as well as an account of public reaction to the publication of the photo, an obituary written by Cheree, and a note of thanks from the family. The funeral program provides details regarding a memorial service for CPL Poff held on, "THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1969, 2:00 P.M." in his hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin, while the letter envelope in which these items were left at The Wall bears the handwritten inscription, "Cherre and CORP. E-4 John R. Poff / KILLED 2/3/69 / I STILL REMEMBER.... / (a teenager, now in his 30's, / From Grand Haven, Mich) / 10/ /86". The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor in October 1986.

poem, framed handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16810
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • Item Summary:Framed, handwritten poem dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Theodore Allen Trock. The poem is entitled, "To Ted", is signed, "From all the Trocks and those who miss you", and reads (in part), "As I view your chisled [sic] name upon THAT wall / is this all we have left? / No; / Not at all." The artifact was left at The Wall by the family of SP4 Trock in October 1986.

note, framed handwritten


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16516
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Framed, handwritten note with three (3) color photographs. The note is dedicated, "In Memory of / Major John V. Tizio / United States Marine Corps / Killed while on active duty, October 23, 1968 / in New River, North Carolina", is signed, "Your loving wife, / Sally / and children / Scott, Jackie and Tracy", and opens with the lines, "John, you were a casualty of the Vietnam War even though your death was not in that distance [sic] country. / It took you just as far away from me and the children." In her note, Maj Tizio's wife, Sally, bitterly observes that his name is not listed upon the memorial (as his death did not occur in a combat zone), and thusly concludes her note with the line, "Your memorial is your children who will have forever your memory engraved upon their hearts, as it is upon mine." The artifact was left at The Wall by the family of Maj Tizio in October 1986.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00031
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:FRAMED, HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED POSTER STOCK. THE NOTE IS DEDICATED, "IN MEMORY OF / MAJOR JOHN V. TIZIO / UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS / KILLED WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY, OCTOBER 23, 1968 / IN NEW RIVER, NORTH CAROLINA", IS SIGNED, "YOUR LOVING WIFE, / SALLY / AND CHILDREN / SCOTT, JACKIE AND TRACY", AND OPENS WITH THE LINES, "JOHN, YOU WERE A CASUALTY OF THE VIETNAM WAR EVEN THOUGH YOUR DEATH WAS NOT IN THAT DISTANCE [sic] COUNTRY. / IT TOOK YOU JUST AS FAR AWAY FROM ME AND THE CHILDREN." IN CONTENT, THE AUTHOR OF THE NOTE (MAJ TIZIO'S WIFE, SALLY) RECALLS THAT HER HUSBAND WAS, "[...] PROUD TO SERVE YOUR COUNTRY WHILE OTHERS WERE BURNING FLAGS AND PROTESTING", AND STATES THAT HE FELT COMPELLED TO RETURN TO ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE FROM CIVILIAN LIFE IN ORDER TO UTILIZE HIS SKILLS & TRAINING TO FIGHT A WAR IN WHICH HE WAS NEEDED. SHE THEN PROCEEDS TO TELL HER HUSBAND THAT, "I'M GLAD THAT YOU CANNOT SEE THIS WALL. / FOR YOUR NAME IS NOT THERE", AND BITTERLY OBSERVES THAT, "THE BUILDERS AND ADMINISTRATORS OF THIS MONUMENT DEGREED [sic] THAT ONLY THOSE WHO DIED IN VIETNAM WOULD BE HONORED ON THIS WALL." SALLY THEN CONCLUDES HER NOTE WITH THE LINE, "YOUR MEMORIAL IS YOUR CHILDREN WHO WILL HAVE FOREVER YOUR MEMORY ENGRAVED UPON THEIR HEARTS, AS IT IS UPON MINE." THE HANDWRITTEN NOTE IS PRESENTLY HOUSED INSIDE A CLEAR PLEXIGLAS, OR ACRYLIC [?], SHADOW BOX UPON THE OBVERSE (UPPER) OBJECT SURFACE OF AN UNDERLYING WHITE, CARDBOARD BOX, ALONG WITH THREE (3) COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS (EACH PORTRAIT ORIENTATION) HOUSED AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND, LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND, & LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNERS, RESPECTIVELY. EACH OF THE THREE (3) COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS ARE EXECUTED UPON RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEETS OF WHITE PHOTO PAPER, AND REPRESENT FORMAL STUDIO PORTRAITS OF MAJ TIZIO'S SURVIVING CHILDREN. THE TWO (2) GIRLS ARE EACH DEPICTED (AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND AND LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNERS, RESPECTIVELY) WEARING A BLACK, FORMAL DRESS WITH A SINGLE AFFIXED RED ROSE, WHILE SEATED IN PROFILE AND TURNED TO FACE THE CAMERA OVER THE RIGHT SHOULDER. MAJ. TIZIO'S SON, SCOTT, IS DEPICTED (AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER) WEARING A BLACK SUIT COAT OR BLAZER OVER A RED TURTLENECK SWEATER WHILE FACING THE CAMERA AND SMILING.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "In Memory of / Major John V. Tizio / United States Marine Corps / Killed while on active duty, October 23, 1968 / in New River, North Carolina / John, you were a casualty of the Vietnam War even though your death was not in that distance [sic] country. / It took you just as far away from me and the children. / You were proud to serve your country while others were burning flags and protesting. / You volunteered to return to duty from civilian life. / You realized it was your duty and privledge [sic] to use your skills and training. / You were helping fight a war, you were needed. / I'm glad that you cannot see this wall. / For your name is not there. / The builders and administrators of this monument degreed [sic] that only those who died in Vietnam would be honored on this wall. / Your memorial is your children who will have forever your memory engraved upon their hearts, as it is upon mine. / Your loving wife, / Sally / and children / Scott, Jackie and Tracy"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 550.0g
    • Item Length: 28.5cm
    • Item Width: 36.1cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 3.4cm (Frame depth)
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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.