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bracelet, commemorative Agent Orange

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 30801
  • Accession Date:12/16/1998
  • 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.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 31470
  • Accession Date:3/22/2011
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) David Lynn Bell and consisting of two (2) commemorative POW*MIA bracelets and two (2) printed letters. The bracelets bear engraved inscriptions specifying LCpl Bell's military rank, name, branch of military service, casualty date, theater of military operations, home state of record, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information, "P23W / L109". The first letter recounts the author's service in Vietnam with LCpl Bell, the brotherhood the two men shared, and LCpl Bell's death in combat. In the second letter, the author describes reliving the events surrounding LCpl Bell's death each night and informs his former comrade that he will be leaving the letters and a bracelet at The Wall over the upcoming Veterans Day holiday. The second letter concludes with the lines, "It is very difficult to express my feelings without falling apart. / It's time to release myself from the prison that I'm in, only I hold the key. / I'll pray and ask God to help me open the door and be free. / You will never be forgotten." The artifact assemblage was left at Panel W23 of The Wall by a U.S. Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran identified only as, "Joe" on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010.

assemblage


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 31172
  • Accession Date:10/20/2010
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: THOMAS D GLAWE
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00252
  • Record Component Qty:2
  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) THOMAS DUANE GLAWE AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA BRACELET & COMPONENT (B) HANDWRITTEN NOTE. COMPONENT (A) COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA BRACELET. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A FLAT STRIP OF RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, BLACK COLORED ALUMINUM [?] METAL WITH ROUNDED ENDS BENT INTO A ROUGHLY CIRCULAR SHAPE TO FORM A BRACELET. THE BRACELET IS NOT COMPLETE, AS A SMALL SEGMENT HAS BROKEN AWAY AND BECOME ENTIRELY DISSOCIATED FROM THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBJECT. AN ENGRAVED INSCRIPTION AT THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BRACELET BEARS PFC GLAWE'S MILITARY RANK, NAME, BRANCH OF SERVICE, CASUALTY DATE, & THEATER OF MILITARY OPERATIONS, "PFC THOMAS D. GLAWE - USMC / C/1ST RECON 06-16-66 VIETNAM", WHILE A SECONDARY INSCRIPTION ENGRAVED UPON THE EXTERIOR, REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BRACELET BEARS PFC GLAWE'S VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "P8E L52". COMPONENT (B) HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE/BLACK INK, GRAPHITE PENCIL, AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, MANILA CARDSTOCK TAG. THE NOTE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE TAG 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." HANDWRITTEN UPON THE UPPER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE TAG IS THE PHRASE, "HAIGWOOD 5823", WHILE THE VVM WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "7E" IS SIMILARLY HANDWRITTEN UPON THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE TAG SURFACE.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the engraved & handwritten inscriptions upon the various object surfaces of COMPONENTS (A & B) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), exterior, obverse object surface, engraved inscription] "PFC THOMAS D. GLAWE - USMC / C/1ST RECON 06-16-66 VIETNAM" / [COMPONENT (A), exterior, reverse object surface, engraved inscription] "P8E L52" / [COMPONENT (B), obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "TOMMY, / 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. / YOUR FRIEND & BROTHER / Jack" / [COMPONENT (B), reverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "Haigwood 5823 / 7E"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 3.4g Weight of COMPONENT (A) only)
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: 1.3cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 7.0cm (Diameter) / 22.0cm (Circumference) / 4.5cm (Depth)
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for COMPONENT (A) only. Measurements for COMPONENT (B) are as follows:

    [COMPONENT (B)]:
    6.6cm (L) X 13.2cm (W) X 2.9g (Weight)
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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.