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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.

button, commemorative

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 02394
  • Accession Date:6/7/1985
  • Item Summary:Commemorative button dedicated on behalf of the proposed Vietnam Nurses' Memorial. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between May - June 1985.

pendant, peace symbol


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 38711
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Peace symbol pendant. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor in October 1986.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00031
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:PEACE SYMBOL PENDANT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF AN OVOID SHAPED, SILVER COLORED METAL PENDANT IN THE FORM OF A PEACE SYMBOL (I.E. AN INVERTED 'Y' SHAPE BISECTED BY A THIRD (3RD) SEGMENT, CENTRALLY-ORIENTED BETWEEN THE FORKS OF THE 'Y', ALL CIRCUMSCRIBED WITHIN AN OVOID SHAPED EXTERIOR BORDER). THE PENDANT BEARS A SMALL, CIRCULARLY SHAPED EYELET AT THE UPPER OBJECT EDGE FOR AFFIXING THE OBJECT TO A JEWELRY CHAIN OR OTHER DEVICE FOR WEAR.
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 20.0g
    • Item Length: 6.0cm
    • Item Width: 3.2cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 0.5cm (Thickness)
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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.