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  • 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 30320
  • Accession Date:5/12/1998
  • Item Summary:Commemorative POW*MIA bracelet dedicated to sixty-six (66) Vietnam-era POW*MIA servicemembers from the State of Indiana. The bracelet bears stenciled inscriptions identifying each of these servicemembers, depicting the National League of POW*MIA Families logo, and calling for the return of all American POW*MIAs still held in Southeast Asia and reading, "AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE STILL HELD CAPTIVE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA...BRING 'EM HOME NOW! / POW*MIA / POW*MIA / YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN". An inscription handwritten upon a strip of masking tape affixed to the interior bracelet surface identifies the artifact donor, as well as his military service history, and reads, "Worn by / Ralph A Garcia til [sic] 97 / USMC - 59-69 / VN SVC 68-69". The artifact was left at The Wall by U.S. Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran Ralph A. Garcia between January - May 1998.

bracelet, commemorative POW*MIA


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 29661
  • Accession Date:5/15/2007
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: MICHAEL J ALLARD
  • Item Summary:Commemorative POW*MIA bracelet dedicated to U.S. Navy Lieutenant (LT) Michael John Allard. The bracelet bears engraved inscriptions specifying LT Allard's military rank, name, branch of service, casualty date, theater of military operations, & home state of record which read, "LT. MICHAEL J. ALLARD / USN 8-30-67 NVN / WI". The artifact was left at Panel 24E of The Wall by an anonymous donor between March - May 2007.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00228
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA BRACELET DEDICATED TO U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT (LT) MICHAEL JOHN ALLARD. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A FLAT STRIP OF RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, RED COLORED 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 LT ALLARD'S MILITARY RANK, NAME, BRANCH OF SERVICE, CASUALTY DATE, & THEATER OF MILITARY OPERATIONS, "LT. MICHAEL J. ALLARD / USN 8-30-67 NVN", WHILE A SECONDARY INSCRIPTION ENGRAVED UPON THE EXTERIOR, REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BRACELET BEARS THE TWO (2) LETTER ABBREVIATION FOR LT ALLARD'S HOME STATE OF RECORD, "WI". ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S NOTE ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACT SPECIFIED THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION OF DONATION, "24E".
  • 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] "LT. MICHAEL J. ALLARD / USN 8-30-67 NVN" / [Exterior, reverse object surface, engraved inscription] "WI"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 4.5g
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: 1.3cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 6.6cm (Diameter) / 20.7cm (Circumference) / 4.8cm (Depth)
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S NOTE ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACT SPECIFIED THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION OF DONATION, "24E".
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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.