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poster, handmade

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16554
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • 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.

banner, stenciled

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16557
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Stenciled banner dedicated to U.S. Army Captain (CPT) Harold James Kaufman, U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Carlos James Lozada, & U.S. Army Major (MAJ) Charles Joseph Watters. The stenciled inscription upon the banner specifies an incident date, "19 NOVEMBER 1967", an incident location, "DAK TO - HILL 875", the military unit identification, "173rd AIRBORNE BRIG. 'A' CO.", the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall honorees & Wall location information, "*HAROLD KAUFMAN L-44 / *CARLOS LOZADA L-45 / *CHARLES WATTERS L-36", and the object creator, "LOVE, / 1ST SGT. KINCAID". A handwritten inscription upon the banner identifies the artifact donor's military unit/rank/name, " 'A' 4th Bn 173 / 1st Sgt FRASIER", as well as the date of donation at The Wall, "22 Oct 87". The artifact was left at Panel 30E of The Wall by U.S. Army and Vietnam veteran First Sergeant (1SG) Frasier on October 22, 1987.

poster, handmade


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16555
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: CHARLES E CAPPELLI
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00046
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:HANDMADE POSTER DEDICATED TO U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT COL) CHARLES EDWARD CAPPELLI. 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. 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 CENTER OF THE SHEET DEPICTING LT COL CAPPELLI BAREHEADED, WEARING CIVILIAN (POSSIBLY PRISONER OF WAR (POW)) CLOTHING, AND STARING DIRECTLY AT THE VIEWER. THE MILITARY RANK, NAME, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DoD) CASUALTY DESIGNATION, & CASUALTY DATE, "MJR. CHARLES CAPPELLI / MIA: NOVEMBER 17, 1967" 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 & reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "MJR. Charles Cappelli / MIA: November 17, 1967" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "MJR. Charles Cappelli / MIA: November 17, 1967"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 100.0g
    • Item Length: 45.9cm
    • Item Width: 29.9cm
    • 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.