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  • Catalog Number:VIVE 05748
  • Accession Date:4/28/1989
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Private (PVT) James William Brown and consisting of: a commemorative POW*MIA bracelet & a printed note. The bracelet bears engraved inscriptions specifying PVT Brown's military rank, name, & casualty date which read, "PVT. JAMES WILLIAM BROWN / 4-5-66". The printed note specifies PVT Brown's casualty date & location, "Lost: S. Vietnam 4-5-66", his hometown of record & date of birth, "Maud, TX / DOB: 7-22-46", and the artifact donors, "Handcrafted by: / The Laeufers LIMA MIA-POW". The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by The Laeufers of Columbus Grove, Ohio between March - April 1989.

bracelet, commemorative POW*MIA

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 05800
  • Accession Date:6/19/1989
  • Item Summary:Commemorative POW*MIA bracelet dedicated to U.S. Air Force Colonel (Col) William Humphrey Nelson. The bracelet bears engraved inscriptions specifying Col Nelson's military rank, name, & casualty date which read, "COL. WILLIAM NELSON / 7-20-66". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor in June 1989.

bracelet, commemorative POW*MIA


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 05751
  • Accession Date:10/22/1986
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: KENNETH K KNABB JR
  • Item Summary:Commemorative POW*MIA bracelet dedicated to U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Kenneth Keith Knabb, Jr. The bracelet bears engraved inscriptions specifying LCDR Knabb, Jr.'s military rank, name, & casualty date which read, "LCDR KENNETH KNABB JR. / 10-68". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor in October 1986.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00031
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA BRACELET DEDICATED TO U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (LCDR) KENNETH KEITH KNABB, JR. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A FLAT STRIP OF RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, POLISHED ALUMINUM [?] METAL WITH ROUNDED ENDS BENT INTO A ROUGHLY CIRCULAR SHAPE TO FORM A BRACELET. AN ENGRAVED INSCRIPTION AT THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BRACELET BEARS LCDR KNABB, JR.'S MILITARY RANK, NAME, & CASUALTY DATE, "LCDR KENNETH KNABB JR. / 10-68", WHILE A SECONDARY INSCRIPTION STAMPED UPON THE INTERIOR OBJECT SURFACE IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT READS, "VIVA ™"; THEREBY INDICATING THAT THE BRACELET WAS CREATED & DISTRIBUTED BY VOICES IN VITAL AMERICA (VIVA), AND AS SUCH IS AMONG THE ORIGINAL SUCH ITEMS PRODUCED.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the engraved & stamped inscriptions upon the various object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Exterior, obverse object surface, engraved inscription] "LCDR KENNETH KNABB JR. / 10-68" / [Interior, reverse object surface, stamped inscription] "VIVA ™"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 19.3g
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: 1.3cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 7.0cm (Diameter) / 22.0cm (Circumference) / 5.5cm (Depth)
  • Item Notes:THE "VIVA ™" STAMP UPON THE INTERIOR OBJECT SURFACE INDICATES THAT THE BRACELET WAS CREATED & DISTRIBUTED BY VOICES IN VITAL AMERICA (VIVA), AND AS SUCH IS AMONG THE ORIGINAL SUCH ITEMS PRODUCED.
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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.