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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.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 31172
  • Accession Date:10/20/2010
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Thomas Duane Glawe and consisting of: a commemorative POW*MIA bracelet & a handwritten note. The bracelet bears engraved inscriptions specifying PFC Glawe's military rank, name, branch of service, casualty date, theater of military operations, & Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information which read, "PFC THOMAS D. GLAWE - USMC / C/1ST RECON 06-16-66 VIETNAM / P8E L52". The handwritten note accompanying the bracelet is addressed to, "Tommy", is signed, "YOUR FRIEND & BROTHER / Jack", and reads, "I WORN [sic] THIS BRACELET TO KEEP YOU CLOSE TO MY HEART. / ONE DAY IT BROKE AND FELL FROM MY WRIST. / I THINK IT WAS YOUR WAY OF SAYING LET GO." The artifact assemblage was left at Panel 8E of The Wall by a donor identified only as, "Jack" between July - October 2010.

bracelet, commemorative Agent Orange


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 30801
  • Accession Date:12/16/1998
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Commemorative Agent Orange bracelet dedicated to U.S. military and Vietnam veteran Al Ashcraft. The bracelet bears an engraved dedication reading, "IN MEMORY OF AL ASHCRAFT / AGENT ORANGE VICTIM / 1949 VIETNAM 1998", as well as additional engraved inscriptions which graphically depict the American eagle from the Great Seal of the United States and The Wall in Washington, D.C. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between November - December 1998.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00169
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COMMEMORATIVE AGENT ORANGE BRACELET. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A FLAT STRIP OF RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, BLACK COLORED ALUMINUM [?] METAL WITH SQUARED ENDS, BENT INTO A ROUGHLY CIRCULAR SHAPE TO FUNCTION AS A BRACELET. AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS AN ENGRAVING REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN EAGLE FROM THE COAT OF ARMS OF THE UNITED STATES (I.E. AN EAGLE WITH SHIELD IN CHIEF FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE AND CLUTCHING THIRTEEN (13) ARROWS IN ITS LEFT TALON AND AN OLIVE BRANCH IN ITS RIGHT TALON). A SIMILAR ENGRAVING IS OBSERVED AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE REPRESENTING THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) AND DISTANT WASHINGTON MONUMENT. AN INSCRIPTION ENGRAVED AT THE CENTER OF THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS DEDICATED TO U.S. MILITARY AND VIETNAM VETERAN, "AL ASHCRAFT" AND READS, "IN MEMORY OF AL ASHCRAFT / AGENT ORANGE VICTIM / 1949 VIETNAM 1998". ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, WHEN ORIGINALLY ACCESSIONED THE ARTIFACT WAS ASSIGNED THE CATALOG NUMBER VVMC (12056). HOWEVER, THIS CATALOG NUMBER HAS SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN ASSIGNED TO ANOTHER ARTIFACT.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the engraved inscription upon the exterior object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Exterior, obverse object surface, engraved inscription] "IN MEMORY OF AL ASHCRAFT / AGENT ORANGE VICTIM / 1949 VIETNAM 1998"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 11.3g
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: 1.8cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 7.0cm (Diameter) / 22.0cm (Circumference) / 5.4cm (Depth)
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, WHEN ORIGINALLY ACCESSIONED THE ARTIFACT WAS ASSIGNED THE CATALOG NUMBER VVMC (12056). HOWEVER, THIS CATALOG NUMBER HAS SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN ASSIGNED TO ANOTHER ARTIFACT.
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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.