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poster, handmade

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16553
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Handmade poster dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (SFC) Lewis Clark Walton. The poster bears a photocopied black & white photographic reproduction of SFC Walton posing for a formal military portrait, as well as a handwritten dedication specifying his military rank, name, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation, & casualty date, "SGT. Lewis Walton / MIA: May 10, 1971". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October - November 1987.

poster, handmade

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16555
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Handmade poster dedicated to U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Charles Edward Cappelli. The poster bears a photocopied black & white photographic reproduction of Lt Col Cappelli wearing civilian (possibly prisoner of war (POW)) clothing, as well as a handwritten dedication specifying his military rank, name, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation, & casualty date, "MJR. Charles Cappelli / MIA: November 17, 1967". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October - November 1987.

poster, handmade


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16554
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: ORLAND J PENDER JR
  • Item Summary:Handmade poster dedicated to U.S. Navy Lieutenant (LT) Orland James Pender, Jr. The poster bears a photocopied black & white photographic reproduction of LT Pender, Jr. posing for a formal military portrait, as well as a handwritten dedication specifying his military rank, name, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation, & casualty date, "CMD. O. Pender, Jr. / MIA: August 17, 1972". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October - November 1987.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00046
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:HANDMADE POSTER DEDICATED TO U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT (LT) ORLAND JAMES PENDER, JR. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF TWO (2) SEPARATE BUT IDENTICAL RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEETS OF WHITE, UNLINED POSTER STOCK AFFIXED TO THE OBVERSE AND REVERSE OBJECT SURFACES OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, BROWN CARDBOARD SUBSTRATE VIA STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE SCOTCH TAPE. BOTH (2) SHEETS, AS WELL AS THE CARDBOARD SUBSTRATE, ARE PRESENTLY ENCASED WITHIN TRANSLUCENT THERMOPLASTIC, WHILE A CIRCULARLY SHAPED HOLE IS PUNCHED AT EACH OF THE FOUR (4) CORNERS OF THE POSTER; PRESUMABLY FOR MOUNTING/DISPLAY OF THE OBJECT. THE POSTER DESIGN IS IDENTICAL AT THE OBVERSE AND REVERSE OBJECT SURFACES AND IS COMPRISED OF A PHOTOCOPIED BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTION (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION) AT THE UPPER TWO-THIRDS (2/3) OF THE SHEET DEPICTING LT PENDER, JR. POSED FOR A FORMAL MILITARY PORTRAIT DRESSED IN HIS MILITARY ISSUE, SERVICE DRESS BLUE (SDB) UNIFORM AND PEAKED CAP WHILE STARING DIRECTLY AT THE VIEWER. THE MILITARY RANK, NAME, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DoD) CASUALTY DESIGNATION, & CASUALTY DATE, "CMD. O. PENDER, JR. / MIA: AUGUST 17, 1972" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IN TWO (2) SEPARATE LINES IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTION.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "CMD. O. Pender, Jr. / MIA: August 17, 1972" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "CMD. O. Pender, Jr. / MIA: August 17, 1972"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 100.0g
    • Item Length: 44.5cm
    • Item Width: 30.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
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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.