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  • 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 32807
  • Accession Date:5/10/2011
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Warren William Boles and consisting of: a commemorative POW*MIA bracelet, a men's jewelry chain w/ American flag charm, a commemorative lapel pin, & a non-military issue, commemorative U.S. Navy Seal Team One tab. The bracelet bears engraved inscriptions specifying LTJG Boles' military rank, name, branch of service, casualty date, & theater of military operations which read, "LTJG WARREN W. BOLES / USN 18 JAN 68 NVN". The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between March - May 2011.

bracelet, commemorative POW*MIA


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 32623
  • Accession Date:5/10/2011
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: WARREN L ANDERSON
  • Item Summary:Broken commemorative POW*MIA bracelet dedicated to U.S. Air Force Colonel (Col) Warren Leroy Anderson. The bracelet bears engraved inscriptions specifying Col Anderson's military rank, name, & casualty date which read, "CAPT. WARREN ANDERSON / 4-26-66". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between March - May 2011.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00255
  • Record Component Qty:2
  • Item Description:BROKEN COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA BRACELET DEDICATED TO U.S. AIR FORCE COLONEL (COL) WARREN LEROY ANDERSON. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF TWO (2) HALVES (1/2) COLLECTIVELY COMPRISING 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 (IN-FILLED IN BLACK) AT THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BRACELET BEARS COL ANDERSON''S MILITARY RANK, NAME, & CASUALTY DATE, "CAPT. WARREN ANDERSON / 4-26-66", 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] "CAPT. WARREN ANDERSON / 4-26-66" / [Interior, reverse object surface, stamped inscription] "VIVA ™"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 18.6g (Collective weight of both (2) halves (1/2))
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: 1.3cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 7.0cm (Diameter) / 22.0cm (Circumference) / 5.8cm (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.

    Dimensions listed above are for the reassembled bracelet (both halves (1/2)).
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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.