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note, framed handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16516
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • 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.

poem, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 32348
  • Accession Date:7/8/1986
  • Item Summary:Handwritten poem entitled, "Gunships" authored by, "Pudd / Croc 4 / Crocodile Guns / 119th AHC, 1970". The poem addresses themes of guilt, mourning, physical & emotional isolation, and ultimately forgiveness on the part of a veteran coming to terms with his service with the 119th Assault Helicopter Company, 4th Platoon, Crocodile Guns in Vietnam and the difficulties of adjusting to post-war life. The artifact was left at The Wall by a U.S. Army and Vietnam veteran identified only as, "Pudd" between June - July 1986.

poem, framed handwritten


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16810
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: THEODORE A TROCK
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00031
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:FRAMED, HANDWRITTEN POEM DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) THEODORE ALLEN TROCK. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A POEM HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, LINED, FIVE (5)-HOLE PUNCHED NOTEBOOK PAPER. THE POEM IS ENTITLED, "TO TED", IS SIGNED, "FROM ALL THE TROCKS AND THOSE WHO MISS YOU", AND IS COMPRISED OF FIVE (5) STANZAS AND TWELVE (12) TOTAL LINES. IN CONTENT, THE FIRST (1ST) STANZA OF THE POEM INTRODUCES THE VISUAL IMAGERY OF A NAME ENGRAVED UPON THE WALL WHICH IS LADEN WITH MEMORIES FOR THE AUTHOR, WHILE THE SECOND (2ND) STANZA REFERS TO CHILDHOOD RECOLLECTIONS OF, "BALL GAMES PLAYED IN OPEN FIELDS" WHERE, "PLAYFULL [sic] TIMES OUTWEIGH THE MADDENING FIGHTS." THE THIRD (3RD) STANZA OF THE POEM INQUIRES OF THE ENGRAVED NAME, "IS THIS ALL WE HAVE LEFT?", WHILE THE FOURTH (4TH) & FIFTH (5TH) STANZAS ARE COMPRISED OF TWO (2) TOTAL LINES WHICH ANSWER THE QUESTION, THUSLY, "NO; / NOT AT ALL." THE HANDWRITTEN POEM IS PRESENTLY HOUSED INSIDE A WOODEN & CLEAR GLASS DISPLAY FRAME. THE WOODEN SURFACE OF THE DISPLAY FRAME AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS MARKED BY NUMEROUS DEEP CARVINGS WHICH CREATE AN ABSTRACT DECORATIVE MOTIF, WHILE AN OVOID-SHAPED, DECORATIVE BRASS HOOP IS AFFIXED (SCREWED) INTO THE UPPER SURFACE OF THE FRAME FOR THE PURPOSES OF HANGING/DISPLAY. THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE DISPLAY FRAME IS ENCLOSED VIA A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, BROWN CARDBOARD BACKING BOARD SECURED IN PLACE WITH TEN (10) RECTANGULARLY SHAPED METAL STAPLES.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "To Ted / A gray-lettered name is what I seek / with memories at which I peak [sic], / Unforgotten [sic] moments of the past / flash by in currents fast. / Ball games played in open fields / fun times which my heart appeals, / childhood treasures create boyhood delights / playfull [sic] times outweigh the maddening fights. / As I view your chisled [sic] name upon THAT wall / is this all we have left? / No; / Not at all. / From all the Trocks and those who miss you"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 725.0g
    • Item Length: 33.0cm
    • Item Width: 28.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 1.8cm (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.