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sign, handmade

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16087
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Handmade sign dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Charles Paul Ellis. The sign bears an affixed photocopy reproduction of PFC Ellis' high school yearbook photo, as well as handwritten inscriptions reading, "We miss you, We love you, we'll always remember. / Elaine & Jeff Harm / Your namesake is in college now." The artifact was left at The Wall by Elaine & Jeff Harm between October - November 1987.

t-shirt, commemorative U.S. Army 1st Special Forces

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16089
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Non-military issue, commemorative U.S. Army 1st Special Forces t-shirt dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) Michael Alexander Caffey & U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (SFC) Alexander Gonzales. The t-shirt features a screened representation of the 1st Special Forces distinctive unit insignia (i.e. a pair of crossed silver arrows (points up), surmounted by a silver dagger (point up) above an ached scroll bearing the Latin unit motto, "DE OPPRESSO LIBER" executed in arched, block script below), as well as the handwritten phrase, "IN MEMORY" and the names of SGT Caffey, SFC Gonzales, & the donor, "James Mattison". The crest is the crossed arrow collar insignia (Insignia of Branch) of the First Special Force, World War II. The Latin motto may be translated into English as, "From Oppression We Will Liberate Them". The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 8 July 1960. The insignia of the 1st Special Forces was authorized to be worn by personnel of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) and its subordinate units on 7 March 1991. The artifact was left at The Wall by James Mattison between October - November 1987.

assemblage


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16088
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: HAROLD J ALWAN , HARRY A AMESBURY JR , GREGORY L ANDERSON , ROBERT D BEUTEL , WAYNE BIBBS , WAYNE BIBBS , TIMOTHY R BODDEN , ARTHUR R BOLLINGER , DANIEL V BORAH JR , JAMES A BRANCH , THOMAS E BROWN , ROBERT W BROWNLEE JR , BERNARD L BUCHER , KENNETH R BUELL , PARK G BUNKER , MICHAEL J BURKE , JOSEPH H BYRNE , RALPH L CARLOCK , JOHN W CARLSON , JOHN B CAUSEY , CHARLES P CLAXTON , DEAN E CLINTON , RALPH B COBBS , WILLARD M COLLINS , GARY L CONAWAY , CHARLES COOK , JOSEPH B COPACK JR , KENNETH L CUNNINGHAM , PATRICK R CURRAN , RAYMOND G CZERWIEC , THOMAS C DAFFRON , RANDALL D DALTON , JAMES L DAYTON , RICHARD C DEUTER , MICHAEL E DUNN , DENNIS K EADS , WILLIAM F FARRIS , BARRY F FIVELSON , RONALD E GALVIN , CHARLES H GATEWOOD , DONALD A GERSTEL , JOHN B GOLZ , ROBERT W HAGERMAN , THOMAS E HEIDEMAN , ROBERT D HERREID , JOSEPH A HILL , ANTHONY F HOUSH , ROGER B INNES , MICHAEL J JABLONSKI , RONALD J JANOUSEK , JACK E KELLER , KENNETH K KNABB JR , DAVID LEE , JEFFREY C LEMON , LEONARD J LEWANDOWSKI JR , LEONARD J LEWANDOWSKI JR , ROBERT R LYNN , NOTLEY G MADDOX , RICHARD C MARSHALL , JAMES P MASON , CARL O MCCORMICK , GLENN D MCELROY , JAMES P MCGRATH , ROBERT C MCMAHAN , ROGER A MEYERS , WILLIAM J MOORE , WAYNE E NEWBERRY , RANDALL J NIGHTINGALE , JOSEPH P NOLAN JR , MICHAEL D O'DONNELL , FLOYD W OLSEN , WARREN R ORR JR , ROBERT J PANEK SR , DONALD E PARSONS , ROGER D PARTINGTON , WAYNE E PEARSON , GORDON S PERISHO , JAMES L PHIPPS , THOMAS H PILKINGTON , JERRY L POOL , WILLIAM M PRICE , DENNIS M RATTIN , RONALD R REXROAD , ROBERT P RIGGINS , BILLIE L ROTH , LELAND C SAGE , RICHARD E SANDS , LEROY C SCHANEBERG , DAVID L SCOTT , DAVID W SKIBBE , HAROLD V SMITH , JOSEPH S SMITH , DEAN P ST PIERRE , JAMES C STORY , JOHN W SWANSON JR , JERROLD A SWITZER , DERRI SYKES , DERRI SYKES , ORAL R TERRY , JOHN C TOWLE , DUSTIN C TROWBRIDGE , MARTIN D VANDEN EYKEL II , MARTIN D VANDEN EYKEL II , JAMES E WHITT , RICHARD D WILEY , ROBERT C WILLIAMS , KENNETH J YONAN , ROBERT J ZUKOWSKI
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage dedicated to one hundred two (102) American POW*MIA servicemembers from the State of Illinois and consisting of: a State Flag of Illinois, a commemorative POW*MIA t-shirt, a military issue, U.S. Marine Corps Sharpshooter Weapons Qualification Badge, and a military issue, U.S. Marine Corps enlisted collar insignia. The t-shirt bears a screened inscription depicting the geographical outlines of the adjoining states of Missouri & Illinois charged with the National League of POW*MIA Families logo, as well as the inscriptions, "24 HOUR CANDLELIGHT VIGIL / POW*MIA / YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN / SEPT. 12 - 13, 1987". The state flag bears the handwritten inscription, "POW*MIA'S [sic] - FROM-" as well as the handwritten first/last names, branches of military service, casualty dates, & hometowns of record for the aforementioned 102 Illinois POW*MIA servicemembers. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor(s) between October - November 1987.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00046
  • Record Component Qty:4
  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO ONE HUNDRED TWO (102) POW*MIAs FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) STATE FLAG OF ILLINOIS, COMPONENT (B) COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA T-SHIRT, COMPONENT (C) MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. MARINE CORPS SHARPSHOOTER WEAPONS QUALIFICATION BADGE, & COMPONENT (D) MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. MARINE CORPS ENLISTED COLLAR INSIGNIA. COMPONENT (A) STATE FLAG OF ILLINOIS. THE OBJECT IS A THREE FOOT BY FIVE FOOT (3' X 5') STORM KING® BRAND FLAG COMPRISED OF WHITE COTTON BUNTING, WITH A WHITE FIELD OR GROUND AND A WHITE HOIST EDGE BEARING TWO (2) BRASS METAL GROMMETS (EACH WITH AN AFFIXED METAL 'S' HOOK & EYELET SCREW) FOR ATTACHMENT TO A FLAGPOLE OR STAFF. THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S INFORMATION, "3X5 STORM KING® / ALL COTTON WPL 1721 / ILLINOIS" IS STAMPED IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE WHITE HOIST EDGE OF THE FLAG AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, THE WHITE GROUND/FIELD OF THE FLAG IS CHARGED WITH A FULL COLOR GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS SCREENED IN RED, BLACK, BROWN, YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN, & GRAY. THE STATE SEAL IS COMPRISED OF A BROWN, WHITE, & YELLOW BALD EAGLE WITH WINGS ADDORSED, AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE, WHILE PERCHED UPON A GRAY ROCK BEARING THE DATES, "1868" & "1818" INSCRIBED IN BLACK, ARABIC NUMERALS. IN ITS BEAK THE EAGLE GRASPS A RED, WHITE-TRIMMED QUADRIPARTITE SCROLL BEARING THE ILLINOIS STATE MOTTO, "NATIONAL UNION / STATE SOVEREIGNTY" EXECUTED IN BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT (WITH THE WORD, "SOVEREIGNTY" INVERTED). IN ITS RIGHT TALON THE EAGLE CLUTCHES A GOLD-TRIMMED SHIELD BEARING A BLUE CANTON CONTAINING THIRTEEN (13) WHITE, FIVE (5)-POINTED STARS AND A FIELD/GROUND BEARING THIRTEEN (13) RED & WHITE, VERTICAL STRIPES WHICH RESTS UPON A GRASSY FIELD AND A GREEN LAUREL BRANCH BELOW. TO THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE EAGLE A YELLOW SUNBURST IS DEPICTED OVER BLUE WAVES. THE STATE DESIGNATION, "ILLINOIS" IS SCREENED IN BLUE, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE WHITE GROUND/FIELD AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE FLAG, BELOW THE SCREENED GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF THE STATE SEAL. THE PHRASE, "POW*MIA'S [sic] -FROM-" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT IN THE WHITE SPACE BETWEEN THE SCREENED STATE SEAL & STATE DESIGNATION AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE FLAG, WHILE THE FIRST/LAST NAMES, BRANCHES OF MILITARY SERVICE, CASUALTY DATES, & HOMETOWNS OF RECORD FOR ONE HUNDRED TWO POW*MIAs FROM THE STATE OF ILLINOIS ARE HANDWRITTEN ACROSS THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE FLAG IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE ONE HUNDRED TWO (102) NAMES ARE DRAWN FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DoD) WALL DATABASE, AND PERTAIN TO THE FOLLOWING SERVICEMEMBERS: U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) JOHN CLINE TOWLE, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE (LTJG) DUSTIN COWLES TROWBRIDGE, U.S. ARMY CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 3 (CW3) MARTIN D VANDEN EYKEL II, U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) JAMES EDWARD WHITT, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) RICHARD DENNIS WILEY, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (LCDR) THOMAS HOLT PILKINGTON, U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN (CPT) JERRY LYNN POOL, U.S. MARINE CORPS FIRST LIEUTENANT (1STLT) WILLIAM MARSHALL PRICE, U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) DENNIS MICHAEL RATTIN, U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) RONALD REUEL REXROAD, U.S. ARMY PRIVATE (PVT) JAMES CLELLON STORY, U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT COL) JOHN WILLARD SWANSON, JR., U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) JERROLD ALLEN SWITZER, U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) DERRI SYKES, U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) ORAL RAY TERRY, U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) ROBERT CYRIL WILLIAMS, U.S. ARMY MAJOR (MAJ) KENNETH JOSEPH YONAN, U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) ROBERT JOHN ZUKOWSKI, U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) ROBERT PAUL RIGGINS, U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF SERGEANT (SSGT) BILLIE LEROY ROTH, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT (LT) LELAND CHARLES COOKE SAGE, U.S. ARMY CORPORAL (CPL) RICHARD EUGENE SANDS, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) LEROY CLYDE SCHANEBERG, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) DAVID LEE SCOTT, U.S. MARINE CORPS SECOND LIEUTENANT (2NDLT) DAVID WILLIAM SKIBBE, U.S. AIR FORCE COLONEL (COL) HAROLD VICTOR SMITH, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) JOSEPH STANLEY SMITH, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) DEAN PAUL ST PIERRE, U.S. ARMY WARRANT OFFICER 1 (WO1) JAMES LESLIE DAYTON, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT (LT) RICHARD CARL DEUTER, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (LCDR) MICHAEL EDWARD DUNN, U.S. ARMY CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 3 (CW3) DENNIS KEITH EADS, U.S. NAVY AVIATION ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE TECHNICIAN, PETTY OFFICER THIRD CLASS (AX3) WILLIAM FARRELL FARRIS, U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN (CPT) JOSEPH PAUL NOLAN, JR., U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN (CPT) MICHAEL DAVIS O'DONNELL, U.S. ARMY LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTC) FLOYD WARREN OLSEN, U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN (CPT) WARREN ROBERT ORR, JR., U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT COL) ROBERT JOSEPH PANEK, SR., U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (LCDR) ROGER BURNS INNES, U.S. ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) MICHAEL JAMES JABLONSKI, U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) WAYNE EDWARD PEARSON, U.S. ARMY LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTC) DONALD EUGENE PARSONS, U.S. MARINE CORPS CAPTAIN (CAPT) ROGER DALE PARTINGTON, U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) ROBERT RAY LYNN, U.S. ARMY CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 3 (CW3) JAMES LARRY PHIPPS, U.S. AIR FORCE COLONEL (COL) NOTLEY GWYNN MADDOX, U.S. MARINE CORPS SERGEANT (SGT) LEONARD J LEWANDOWSKI, JR., U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (LCDR) GORDON SAMUEL PERISHO, U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) JEFFREY CHARLES LEMON, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) ROBERT DONALD BEUTEL, U.S. ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) WAYNE BIBBS, U.S. MARINE CORPS LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTCOL) HAROLD JOSEPH ALWAN, U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) HARRY ARLO AMESBURY, JR., U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF SERGEANT ( ) GREGORY LEE ANDERSON, U.S. MARINE CORPS FIRST LIEUTENANT (1STLT) RONALD JAMES JANOUSEK, U.S. NAVY CAPTAIN (CAPT) JACK ELMER KELLER, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (LCDR) KENNETH KEITH KNABB, JR., U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) JOSEPH HENRY BYRNE, U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) RALPH LAURENCE CARLOCK, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) JOHN WERNER CARLSON, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) JOHN BERNARD CAUSEY, U.S. AIR FORCE COLONEL (COL) CHARLES PETER CLAXTON, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (LCDR) RALPH BURTON COBBS, U.S. ARMY CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2 (CW2) DEAN EDDIE CLINTON, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) WILLARD MARION COLLINS, U.S. NAVY AVIATION MACHINIST'S (RECIPROCATING ENG MECH), PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS (ADR1) GARY LEE CONAWAY, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) JOSEPH BERNARD COPACK, JR., U.S. AIR FORCE COLONEL (COL) ROBERT WARREN HAGERMAN, U.S. AIR FORCE MASTER SERGEANT (MSGT) THOMAS EDWARD HEIDEMAN, U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) ROBERT DALE HERREID, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) JOSEPH ARNOLD HILL, U.S. ARMY SERGEANT FIRST CLASS (SFC) ANTHONY FRANK HOUSH, U.S. ARMY WARRANT OFFICER 1 (WO1) BARRY FRANK FIVELSON, U.S. NAVY AVIATION ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN, CHIEF PETTY OFFICER (ATC) RONALD EDMOND GALVIN, U.S. MARINE CORPS SERGEANT (SGT) CHARLES HUE GATEWOOD, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (LCDR) DONALD ARTHUR GERSTEL, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE (LTJG) JOHN BRYAN GOLZ, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (LCDR) ROBERT CHARLES MCMAHAN, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (LCDR) ROGER ALLEN MEYERS, U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF SERGEANT (SSGT) WILLIAM JOHN MOORE, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) WAYNE ELLSWORTH NEWBERRY, U.S. NAVY AVIATION ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE TECHNICIAN, PETTY OFFICER SECOND CLASS (AX2) RANDALL JOHN NIGHTINGALE, U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) KENNETH LEROY CUNNINGHAM, U.S. MARINE CORPS MAJOR (MAJ) PATRICK ROBERT CURRAN, U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) RAYMOND GEORGE CZERWIEC, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) THOMAS CARL DAFFRON, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) RANDALL DAVID DALTON, U.S. MARINE CORPS MASTER SERGEANT (MSGT) TIMOTHY ROY BODDEN, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) ARTHUR RAY BOLLINGER, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT (LT) DANIEL VERNOR BORAH, JR., U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT COL) JAMES ALVIN BRANCH, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE (LTJG) THOMAS EDWARD BROWN, U.S. ARMY COLONEL (COL) ROBERT WALLACE BROWNLEE, JR., U.S. AIR FORCE MAJOR (MAJ) BERNARD LUDWIG BUCHER, U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT COMMANDER (LCDR) KENNETH RICHARD BUELL, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) PARK GEORGE BUNKER, U.S. MARINE CORPS STAFF SERGEANT (SSGT) MICHAEL JOHN BURKE, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) RICHARD CARLTON MARSHALL, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 5 (SP5) JAMES PHILLIP MASON, U.S. ARMY LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTC) GLENN DAVID MCELROY, U.S. NAVY HOSPITALMAN (HN) JAMES PATRICK MCGRATH, & U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT COL) CARL OTTIS MCCORMICK. THE FIRST (1ST) SEAL USED IN WHAT IS NOW ILLINOIS WAS THAT OF THE NORTHWEST TERRITORY, INITIALLY USED IN 1788. THE SEAL OF THE ILLINOIS TERRITORY FOLLOWED IN 1809. THE THREE (3) STATE SEALS SUBSEQUENTLY USED IN ILLINOIS' HISTORY DIFFERED FROM THE TERRITORIAL SEALS IN THAT THE EAGLE HELD A BANNER IN ITS BEAK WITH THE WORDS OF THE STATE MOTTO, "STATE SOVEREIGNTY, NATIONAL UNION." THE WORDS "SEAL OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS" AND THE DATE, "AUG. 26, 1818," THE DATE THAT THE FIRST (1ST) ILLINOIS CONSTITUTION WAS SIGNED IN KASKASKIA, APPEARED BETWEEN THE CIRCLES. AFTER ILLINOIS GAINED STATEHOOD IN DECEMBER 1818, THE FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY DECREED ON FEBRUARY 19, 1819, THAT STATE OFFICIALS SHOULD PROCURE A PERMANENT STATE SEAL. THE SEAL THEY DECIDED UPON WAS A DUPLICATE OF THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS FIRST GREAT SEAL OF ILLINOIS WAS USED UNTIL 1839 WHEN IT WAS RECUT. THE NEW VERSION BECAME THE SECOND GREAT SEAL. SECRETARY OF STATE SHARON TYNDALE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING THE SEAL IN USE TODAY. IN JANUARY 1867, HE TOLD SENATOR ALLEN C. FULLER THAT THE OLD SEAL HAD OUTLIVED ITS USEFULNESS, AND A NEW ONE WAS NEEDED. HE ASKED FULLER TO SPONSOR A BILL AUTHORIZING A NEW SEAL. BUT A CONTROVERSY AROSE WHEN THE SENATE DISCOVERED THAT TYNDALE PLANNED TO USE FULLER'S BILL TO CHANGE THE WORDING, "STATE SOVEREIGNTY, NATIONAL UNION" TO, "NATIONAL UNION, STATE SOVEREIGNTY" IN LIGHT OF THE CIVIL WAR. THE SENATE DISAGREED WITH TYNDALE AND AMENDED AND PASSED THE BILL ON MARCH 7, 1867, RESTORING THE ORIGINAL WORDING. THOUGH TYNDALE FOLLOED THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S DECREE THAT HE NOT REVERSE THE WORDS OF THE STATE MOTTO, HE CHANGED THE BANNER'S PLACEMENT ON THE SEAL SO THAT, THOUGH, "NATIONAL UNION" FOLLOWED, "STATE SOVEREIGNTY," IT WAS MUCH MORE PROMINENT. MOREOVER, THE WORD "SOVEREIGNTY" WAS UPSIDE DOWN, FURTHER DECREASING ITS READABILITY. THE STATE SEAL HAS BEEN RECUT MORE THAN ONCE SINCE 1868, BUT TYNDALE'S DESIGN HAS REMAINED ESSENTIALLY UNCHANGED. THE SECRETARY OF STATE IS THE KEEPER OF THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. THE FLAG BECAME THE OFFICIAL STATE BANNER ON JULY 6, 1915, FOLLOWING ITS PASSAGE IN THE ILLINOIS STATE HOUSE AND SENATE. IN THE 1960s, CHIEF PETTY OFFICER BRUCE MCDANIEL PETITIONED TO HAVE THE NAME OF THE STATE ADDED TO THE FLAG. HE NOTED THAT MANY OF THE PEOPLE HE SERVED WITH DURING THE VIETNAM WAR DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE BANNER. GOVERNOR RICHARD B. OGILVIE SIGNED THE ADDITION TO THE FLAG INTO LAW ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1969, AND THE NEW FLAG WAS DESIGNED BY MRS. SANFORD HUTCHINSON AND BECAME THE OFFICIAL FLAG ON JULY 1, 1970. (SOURCE: SEAL OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS- HTTPS://WWW2.ILLINOIS.GOV/) COMPONENT (B) COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA T-SHIRT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A SCREEN STARS® BRAND, SHORT-SLEEVED, WHITE, 50% COTTON / 50% POLYESTER T-SHIRT, SIZE ADULT S. AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE T-SHIRT, THE GEOGRAPHIC OUTLINES OF THE ADJOINING STATES OF MISSOURI & ILLINOIS ARE SCREENED IN BLACK INK. INSIDE THE SCREENED GEOGRAPHIC OUTLINE OF ILLINOIS AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER THE PHRASE, "POW*MIA" IS SCREENED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT. INSIDE THE SCREENED GEOGRAPHIC OUTLINE OF MISSOURI AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER THE PHRASE, "YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN" IS SCREENED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT. SUPERIMPOSED OVER THE CENTER OF THESE SCREENED ELEMENTS IS A GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POW*MIA FAMILIES LOGO (I.E. BLACKENED SILHOUETTE OF A SOLDIER IN PROFILE, AND FACING TO THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE, IN FRONT OF A BLACK GUARD TOWER IN THE BACKGROUND AND ABOVE BLACK BARBED WIRE BELOW) SCREENED IN BLACK. THE PHRASE, "24 HOUR CANDLELIGHT VIGIL" IS SCREENED IN ARCHED, BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT ABOVE THESE CENTRAL SCREENED GRAPHIC ELEMENTS, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING DATES, "SEPT. 12 - 13, 1987" ARE SCREENED IN ARCHED, BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS BELOW THESE CENTRAL SCREENED GRAPHIC ELEMENTS. COMPONENT (C) MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. MARINE CORPS SHARPSHOOTER WEAPONS QUALIFICATION BADGE WITH RIFLE QUALIFICATION BAR (FULL COLOR). THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A SLIVER COLORED METAL BADGE COMPRISED OF A MALTESE CROSS WITH THE MARINE CORPS BRANCH OF SERVICE INSIGNIA EXECUTED AT THE CENTER IN RAISED RELIEF (I.E. A GLOBE ILLUSTRATING THE CONTINENTS OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE INTERSECTED BY A FOULED ANCHOR, AND SURMOUNTED BY AN AMERICAN EAGLE WITH WINGS SPREAD AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE), AND WHICH IS SUSPENDED FROM THE RIFLE QUALIFICATION BAR VIA TWO (2) CIRCULAR RINGS. THE RIFLE QUALIFICATION BAR IS RECTANGULARLY SHAPED WITH ROUNDED ENDS, HAS A TEXTURED BACKGROUND/FIELD IDENTICAL TO TEXTURING OBSERVED WITHIN THE ARMS OF THE MALTESE CROSS, AND BEARS AN INSCRIPTION IN RAISED, BLOCK LETTERING WHICH SPELLS THE PHRASE, "RIFLE SHARPSHOOTER". AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE RIFLE QUALIFICATION BAR, THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S INFORMATION, "1/20 SIL.FILLED" IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, BLOCK LETTERING/ARABIC NUMERALS. AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE QUALIFICATION BADGE, THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S CORPORATE LOGO AND INFORMATION, "1/20 SIL.FILLED / SER. / 397" ARE STAMPED IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE OBJECT IS TYPICALLY AFFIXED TO MILITARY DRESS VIA TWO (2) CLUTCHBACKS AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, ONE (1) OF WHICH IS PRESENTLY MISSING AND COMPLETELY DISJOINED/DISSOCIATED FROM THE OBJECT. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE AWARDING OF THE BADGE IS REFERENCED IN U.S. MARINE CORPS REGULATIONS, THUSLY: REF: V4 P138. (SOURCE: MILITARY.COM- HTTP://WWW.MILITARY.COM) COMPONENT (D) MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. MARINE CORPS ENLISTED COLLAR INSIGNIA (FULL COLOR). THE INSIGNIA CONSISTS OF A GOLD COLORED METAL BADGE WITH A RAISED RELIEF REPRESENTATION OF THE MARINE CORPS BRANCH OF SERVICE INSIGNIA; I.E. A GLOBE ILLUSTRATING THE CONTINENTS OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE INTERSECTED BY A FOULED ANCHOR, AND SURMOUNTED BY AN AMERICAN EAGLE WITH WINGS SPREAD AND FACING TO THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE. AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE INSIGNIA, THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S INFORMATION, "362" IS STAMPED IN RECESSED ARABIC NUMERALS. THE OBJECT IS AFFIXED TO MILITARY DRESS VIA A SINGLE SCREW POST AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. (SOURCE: MARINES- HTTP://WWW.HQMC.MARINES.MIL)
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the screened, stamped, handwritten, & raised lettering inscriptions upon the various object surfaces of COMPONENTS (A - D) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, hoist edge, stamped inscriptions] "3X5 STORM KING® / ALL COTTON WPL 1721 / ILLINOIS" / [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, screened inscriptions] "NATIONAL UNION / STATE SOVEREIGNTY [inverted] / 1868 / 1818 / ILLINOIS" / [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "JOHN C. TOWLE U.S.A.F. APR. 21 1970 HARRISBURG / DUSTIN C. TROWBRDGE [sic] NAVY DEC. 26, 1969 WAYNE / MARTIN D. VANDEN EYKEL ARMY DEC 2 1969 WHEATON / JAMES E. WHITT U.S.A.F. MAR. 23 1972 PENFIELD / RICHARD D. WILEY ARMY JUN. 12 1972 DECATUR / THOMAS H. PILKINGTON NAVY 9-19-66 MORTON GROVE / JERRY L. POOL ARMY 3-24-70 FREEPORT / WILLIAM M. PRICE U.S.M.C. 10-12-72 KEWANEE / DENNIS M. FATTIN ARMY 10-16-69 BRADLEY / RONALD R. REXROAD U.S.A.F. 4-3-68 RANKIN / JAMES C. STORY ARMY 6-13-69 BERWYN / JOHN W SWANSON U.S.A.F. 6-15-67 ARLINATON HTS / JERROLD A. SWITZER U.S.M.C. 3-18-68 PARIS / DERRI SKYES [sic] ARMY 1-9-68 CHICAGO / ORAL R TERRY ARMY 5-3-68 MASCOUTAH / ROBERT C. WILLIAMS U.S.A.F. 7-1-66 MCLEANSBORO / KENNETH J. YONAN ARMY 4-24-72 CHICAGO / ROBERT J. ZUKOWSKI U.S.A.F. 2-11-69 CHICAGO / ROBERT P. RIGGINS U.S.A.F. 4-22-68 CHAMPAIN / BILLIE L. ROTH U.S.A.F. 6-27-65 LACON / LELAND C. C. SAGE NAVY 6-23-69 WAUKEGAN / RICHARD E. SANDS ARMY 5-12-68 SPRINGFIELD / LEROY C. SCHANEBERG U.S.A.F. 6-30-70 ASHTON / SCOTT, DAVID L. ARMY 4-25-68 CARLOCK / DAVID W. SKIBBE U.S.M.C. 3-2-1970 DES PLAINES / HAROLD V. SMITH U.S.A.F. 3-7-66 BRIDGEPORT / JOSEPH S. SMITH U.SAF 4-4-71 ASSUMPTION / DEAN PAUL ST. PIERRE U.S.A.F. 5-22-68 KANKAKEE / JAMES LESLIE DAYTON ARMY 5-8-68 GRANITE CITY / RICHARD C. DEMTER NAVY 11-22-69 CHICAGO / MICHAEL E DUNN NAVY 1-26-68 NAPERSVILLE / DENNIS K. EADS ARMY 4-23-70 PHOPHETSTOWN [sic] / WILLIAM F. FARRIS NAVY 2-6-68 WEST SALEM / JOSEPH P. NOLAN JR. ARMY 5-16-71 OAK PARK / MICHAEL D. O'CONNELL [sic] ARMY 5-24-70 SPRINGFIELD / FLOYD W. OLSEN ARMY 4-21-68 WHEATON / WALTER R. ORP ARMY 5-12-68 KEWANEE / ROBERT J. PANEK USAF 1-28-70 CHICAGO / ROGER B. INNES NAVY 12-27-67 CHICAGO / MICHAEL L. J. JADLOWSKI ARMY 6-27-67 CHICAGO / WAYNE E. PEARSON USAF 2-22-69 WESTERN SPRINGS / DONALD E. PARSONS ARMY 2-6-69 SPARTA / ROGER D. PARTINGTON U.S.M.C. 11-1-69 SPARTA / ROBERT R. LYNN USAF 12-21-72 JACKSONVILLE / JAMES L. PHIPPS USA 1-9-68 MATTOON / NOTELY G. MADDOX USAF MAY 20, 1967 ROCKFORD / LEONARD J. LEWANDOWSKI U.S.M.C. OCT 19, 1966 DES PLAINES / GORDON S. PERISHO NAVY DEC 31, 1967 QUINCY / JEFFREY C. LEMON USAF 4-25-71 FLOSSMOOR / ROBERT D. BEUTEL U.S.A.F. 11-26-1971 TREMONT / WAYNE BIBBS ARMY JUNE 11, 1972 -BLUE ISLAND- / POWMIA'S [sic] - FROM- / HAROLD J. ALWAN USMC FEB 27, 1967 PEORIA / HARRY ARLO AMESBURY JR. U.S.A.F. APR. 26, 1972 MORRISON / GREGORY LEE ANDERSON U.S.A.F. JAN. 28, 1970 WHEATON / RONALD J. JANOUSEK USMC 8-9-69 POSEN / JACK E. KELLER NAVY 4-21-66 CHICAGO / KENNETH K. KNABB NAVY 10-21-68 WHEATON / JOSEPH HENRY BYRNE USAF 3-13-68 EVANSTON / RALPH LAURENCE CARLUCK [sic] USAF 3-4-67 DES PLAINES / JOHN WERNER CARLSON USAF 12-7-66 CHICAGO / JOHN BERNARD CAUSEY USAF 2-25-66 GRANITE CITY / CHARLES PETER CLAXTON USAF 12-29-67 CHICAGO / RALPH B. COBBS NAVY 6-17-66 E. ST. LOUIS / DEAN E CLINTON ARMY 6-11-67 DIX / WILLARD MARION COLLINS USAF 3-9-66 QUINCY / GARY LEE CONAWAY NAVY 10-14-67 BLUE MA[illegible] / JOSEPH B. COPACK JR. USAF 12-22-72 CHICAGO / ROBERT W. HAGERMAN USAF 11-6-67 CHICAGO / THOMAS E. HEIDEMAN USAF 10-24-70 CHICAGO / ROBERT D. HERREID ARMY 10-10-68 AURORA / JOSEPH A. HILL USMC 5/28/68 TAYLORVILLE / ANTHONY E. HOUSH ARMY 4/19/68 NEWTON / BARRY F. FIVELSON ARMY 2/15/71 EVANSTON / RONALD E. GALVIN NAVY 3/8/67 RIVER FOREST / CHARLES H. GATEWOOD USMC 5/31/68 CHICAGO / DONALD A. GERSTEL NAVY 9/8/72 MATTESON / JOHN B. GOLZ NAVY 4/22/70 ROCK ISLAND / ROBER [sic] C. MCMAHAN NAVY 2.14.1968 JACKSONVILL [sic] / ROBER [sic] A. MYERS NAVY 2.9.1969 CHICAGO / WILLIAM J. MOORE U.S.A.F. 5.18.1966 MONMOUTH / WAYNE E NEWBERRY USAF 9-29-1968 E. ST. LOUIS / RANDALL J NIGHTINGALE NAVY 5.17.1968 ONARGE / KENNETH CUNNINGHAM ARMY 10-3-1969 ELLERY / PATRICK R. CURRAN U.S.M.C. 9-29-1969 BENSENVILLE / RAYMOND G. CZERWIEC ARMY 3-27-1969 CHICAGO / THOMAS C. DAFFRON U.S.A.F. 2-18-1970 PINCKNEYVILLE / RANDALL D. DALTON ARMY 7-27-1971 COLLINSVILLE / TIMOTHY R. BODDEN USMC 6-3-1967 DOWNER'S GROVE / ARTHUR R. BOLLINGER U.S.A.F. 2-5-1973 GREENVILLE / DANIEL V. BORAH NAVY 9-24-1972 OLNEY / JAMES A. BRANCH U.S.A.F. 9-4-1965 PARK FOREST / THOMAS E. BROWN NAVY 4-29-1966 DANVILLE / ROBERT WALLACE BROWNLEE ARMY 4-25-1972 CHICAGO / BERNARD BUCHER U.S.A.F. 5-12-1968 EUREKA / KENNETH BUELL NAVY 9-17-1972 KANKAKEE / PARK G. BUNKER U.S.A.F. 12-30-1970 HOMEWOOD / MICHEAL [sic] J. BURKE U.S.M.C. 10-19-1966 CHICAGO / RICHARD C. MARSHALL U.S.A.F. 9-5-1965 CHICAGO / JAMES PHILLIP MASON ARMY 10-17-1968 DEKALB / GLENN DAVID McELROY ARMY 3-15-1966 SIDNEY / JAMES PATRICK McGRATH NAVY 8-3-1967 CHICAGO / CARL OTIS McCORMICK U.S.A.F. 10-6-1972 PEORIA" / [COMPONENT (B), t-shirt tag, obverse object surface, screened inscriptions] "S / 50% COTTON / 50% POLYESTER / Made in U.S.A. / CARE ON REVERSE SIDE / SCREEN STARS®" / [COMPONENT (B), t-shirt tag, reverse object surface, screened inscriptions] "50% POLYESTER / 50% COTTON/BAUMWOLLE/ / KATOEN/BOMULL / FABRIQUE AUX U.S.A. / DO NOT DRY CLEAN OR IRON IF DECORATED. / MACHINE WASH WARM. / TUMBLE DRY MEDIUM. / DO NOT BLEACH COLORED GARMENTS. RN 13765" / [COMPONENT (B), obverse object surface, screened inscriptions] "24 HOUR CANDLELIGHT VIGIL / POWMIA / YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN / SEPT. 12 - 13, 1987" / [COMPONENT (C), obverse object surface, raised lettering inscription] "RIFLE SHARPSHOOTER" / [COMPONENT (C), reverse object surface, raised lettering inscription] "1/20 SIL.FILLED" / [COMPONENT (C), reverse object surface, stamped inscription] "1/20 SIL.FILLED / SER. / 397" / [COMPONENT (D), reverse object surface, stamped inscription] "362"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 350.0g (Weight of COMPONENT (A) only)
    • Item Length: 91.4cm
    • Item Width: 152.4cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE AWARDING OF THE BADGE IS REFERENCED IN U.S. MARINE CORPS REGULATIONS, THUSLY: REF: V4 P138.

    Dimensions listed above are for COMPONENT (A) only. Measurements for COMPONENTS (B - D) are as follows:

    [COMPONENT (B)]:
    65.0cm (L) X 41.0cm (W) X 100.0g (Weight)

    [COMPONENT (C)]:
    4.5cm (L) X 4.75cm (W) X 1.0cm (Thickness) X 14.9g (Weight)

    [COMPONENT (D)]:
    2.5cm (L) X 2.5cm (W) X 1.5cm (Thickness) X 5.0g (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.