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bracelet, commemorative POW*MIA

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 29104
  • Accession Date:5/12/1998
  • Item Summary:Commemorative POW*MIA bracelet dedicated to U.S. Air Force Captain (Capt) James Emory Cross. The bracelet bears engraved inscriptions specifying Capt Cross' military rank, name, branch of service, casualty date, theater of military operations, & home state of record which read, "CAPT JAMES E CROSS / USAF 4-24-70 LAOS / OH". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between January - May 1998.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 29189
  • Accession Date:5/12/1998
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (SFC) Donald Stephen Newton and consisting of: a commemorative POW*MIA bracelet, a handwritten note, and a faux lily blossom. The bracelet bears engraved inscriptions specifying SFC Newton's military rank, name, & casualty date which read, "S/SGT. DONALD NEWTON / 2-26-66". The handwritten note accompanying the other items reads, "I'm sorry we forgot. / I will never forget." The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between January - May 1998.

bracelet, commemorative POW*MIA


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 29180
  • Accession Date:5/12/1998
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: OLEY N ADAMS
  • Item Summary:Commemorative POW*MIA bracelet dedicated to U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Oley Neal Adams. The bracelet bears engraved inscriptions specifying SSgt Adams' military rank, name, branch of service, casualty date, theater of military operations, & home state of record which read, "S/SGT. OLEY N. ADAMS / USAF 6-17-66 SVN/OW / MO". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between January - May 1998.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00165
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA BRACELET DEDICATED TO U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF SERGEANT (SSGT) OLEY NEAL ADAMS. 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 SSGT ADAMS' MILITARY RANK, NAME, & CASUALTY DATE, "S/SGT. OLEY N. ADAMS / USAF 6-17-66 SVN/OW", WHILE A SECONDARY INSCRIPTION ENGRAVED UPON THE EXTERIOR, REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE BEARS THE TWO (2) LETTER ABBREVIATION FOR SSGT ADAMS' HOME STATE OF RECORD, "MO".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the engraved inscriptions upon the exterior object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Exterior, obverse object surface, engraved inscription] "S/SGT. OLEY N. ADAMS / USAF 6-17-66 SVN/OW" / [Exterior, reverse object surface, engraved inscription] "MO"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 10.4g
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: 1.3cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 5.5cm (Diameter) / 17.3cm (Circumference) / 5.3cm (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.