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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.

plaque, VVA memorial

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16558
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Oakland County- Chapter 133 (Pontiac, Michigan) memorial plaque dedicated to U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Robert Archibald Sikon. The plaque bears affixed VVA Chapter 133 business cards as well as a handwritten dedication reading, "32E LINE 66 / SIKON ROBERT A. / I WILL BE BACK / BOB GALLO". The artifact was left at Panel 32E of The Wall by Bob Gallo between October - November 1987.

banner, stenciled


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16557
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: HAROLD J KAUFMAN , CARLOS J LOZADA , CHARLES J WATTERS
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00046
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description: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 OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SWATCH OF WHITE CANVAS FABRIC AFFIXED UPON THE PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND EDGES, VIA NUMEROUS METAL STAPLES, TO TWO (2) DARKLY STAINED WOODEN STAKES IN ORDER TO FORM A BANNER. AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, THE CANVAS CLOTH HAS BEEN PAINTED BLACK WITH WHITE PATTERNING AT THE PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND SIDES. AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, THE CANVAS CLOTH HAS BEEN PAINTED WITH A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, WHITE FIELD OVER WHICH AN INSCRIPTION HAS BEEN STENCILED IN BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE STENCILED INSCRIPTION SPECIFIES THE INCIDENT DATE, "19 NOVEMBER 1967", INCIDENT LOCATION, "DAK TO - HILL 875", MILITARY UNIT IDENTIFICATION, "173RD AIRBORNE BRIG. 'A' CO.", VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL HONOREES & WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "* HAROLD KAUFMAN L-44 / *CAROLS LOZADA L-45 / *CHARLES WATTERS L-36", AND OBJECT CREATOR, "LOVE, / 1ST SGT. KINCAID". AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE RECTANGULARLY SHAPED WHITE FIELD AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IDENTIFIES THE MILITARY UNIT/RANK, OBJECT DONOR NAME, & DATE OF DONATION AT THE WALL, " 'A' 4TH BN 173 / 1ST SGT FRASIER / 22 OCT 87".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the stenciled & handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, stenciled inscription] "19 NOVEMBER 1967 / DAK TO - HILL 875 / 173rd AIRBORNE BRIG. 'A' CO. / HAROLD KAUFMAN L-44 / CARLOS LOZADA L-45 / *CHARLES WATTERS L-36 / LOVE, / 1ST SGT. KINCAID" / [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] " 'A' 4th Bn 173 / 1st Sgt FRASIER / 22 Oct 87"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 225.0g
    • Item Length: 33.5cm
    • Item Width: 112.0cm
    • 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.