Items Left at The Wall

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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.

drawings, artwork

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16984
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Three (3) artwork drawings dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) James Patrick Riggins. Two (2) of the drawings depict Vietnam-era American servicemen in the field, while the third (3rd) appears to be a profile portrait of SGT Riggins himself. A dedication handwritten upon the obverse surface of one of the drawings reads, "We Will never Forget You! / Los Fresnos Texas", while another drawing bears the title, "The nightmare". The artifacts were left at The Wall by anonymous donors between October - November 1987.

plaque, VVA memorial


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 16558
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: ROBERT A SIKON
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00046
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA (VVA) MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) ROBERT ARCHIBALD SIKON. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A MEMORIAL PLAQUE COMPRISED OF A TRIANGULARLY SHAPED, ROUGHLY CUT, WHITE POSTER BOARD BASE, TO THE PERIMETER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF WHICH ARE AFFIXED (VIA SOME FORM OF CHEMICAL ADHESIVE) LENGTHS OF METAL WIRE WRAPPED IN YELLOW FABRIC YARN. ADDITIONAL LENGTHS OF WIRE WRAPPED IN BLUE AND RED FABRIC YARN ARE AFFIXED (ALSO VIA SOME FORM OF CHEMICAL ADHESIVE) TO THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE MEMORIAL PLAQUE SPELLING THE ACRONYM, "VVA" (VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA). BLUE VINYL ADHESIVE LETTERS ARE AFFIXED TO THE UPPER EDGE OF THE POSTER BOARD BASE WHICH SPELL THE PHRASE, "OAKLAND COUNTY", WHILE SIMILAR BLUE VINYL ADHESIVE ARABIC NUMERALS AFFIXED TO THE LOWER EDGE OF THE POSTER BOARD BASE DESIGNATE THE OAKLAND COUNTY VVA CHAPTER, "133". THE VVA CHAPTER STATE ABBREVIATION, "MI." IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IMMEDIATELY BELOW THESE AFFIXED VINYL NUMBERS. TWO (2) IDENTICAL BUSINESS CARDS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SEGMENTS OF WHITE, UNLINED CARDSTOCK ARE AFFIXED (VIA STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE SCOTCH TAPE) TO THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND CORNERS OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE PRINTED INSCRIPTIONS UPON THESE BUSINESS CARDS SPECIFY THE VVA CHAPTER RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING THE MEMORIAL PLAQUE, "VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA / OAKLAND COUNTY / CHAPTER 133", RELATE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION'S REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE, "MEETINGS - 2ND SUNDAY @ 3:00 P.M. / 4TH WEDNESDAY @ 8:00 P.M.", AND PROVIDE THE ORGANIZATIONAL ADDRESS, "800 OAKLAND AVE. PONTIAC, MICHIGAN". THE ORGANIZATIONAL CONTACT PHONE NUMBER, "PH. 313-338-5940" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF BOTH (2) BUSINESS CARDS. TWO (2) IDENTICAL VINYL DECALS ARE AFFIXED (VIA STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE SCOTCH TAPE) TO THE CENTER, PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND SIDES OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE MEMORIAL PLAQUE. THESE DECALS BEAR A GRAPHIC REPRODUCTION OF A UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG IN FLIGHT EXECUTED IN BLUE & RED, IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE PHRASES, "AMERICA IS #1 / THANKS TO OUR VETERANS" PRINTED IN RED/BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. AN ADDITIONAL POW*MIA DECAL IS AFFIXED (ALSO VIA STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE SCOTCH TAPE) TO THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE MEMORIAL PLAQUE. THIS DECAL BEARS A GRAPHIC REPRODUCTION OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POW*MIA FAMILIES LOGO (I.E. A BLACK SHIELD BEARING A CIRCULARLY SHAPED, WHITE DISK AT THE CENTER CHARGED WITH A BLACKENED SILHOUETTE OF A SOLDIER (IN PROFILE) IN FRONT OF A BLACK GUARD TOWER AND ABOVE BLACK BARBED WIRE BELOW. THE PHRASE, "POW*MIA" IS EXECUTED IN WHITE, BLOCK SCRIPT ABOVE) EXECUTED ABOVE THE PHRASE, "DON'T LET THEM BE FORGOTTEN, THE MISSING IN ACTION AND PRISONERS OF WAR IN S.E. ASIA" PRINTED BELOW IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT. AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE MEMORIAL PLAQUE SPECIFIES THE NAME & VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION FOR THE VVM WALL HONOREE TO WHOM THE ITEM IS DEDICATED, "32E LINE 66 / SIKON ROBERT A.", AND OFFERS THE PERSONAL DEDICATION FROM THE DONOR, "I WILL BE BACK / BOB GALLO". AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE THE VVM WALL LOCATION OF DONATION, "32E" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the affixed lettering, printed, & handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, affixed lettering inscriptions] "VVA / OAKLAND COUNTY / 133" / [Obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA / OAKLAND COUNTY / CHAPTER 133 / MEETINGS - 2nd Sunday @ 3:00 p.m. / 4th Wednesday @ 8:00 p.m. / 800 Oakland Ave. Pontiac, Michigan / VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA / OAKLAND COUNTY / CHAPTER 133 / MEETINGS - 2nd Sunday @ 3:00 p.m. / 4th Wednesday @ 8:00 p.m. / 800 Oakland Ave. Pontiac, Michigan / America is #1 / Thanks to our Veterans / America is #1 / Thanks to our Veterans / POW*MIA / Don't let them be forgotten, The Missing in Action and Prisoners of War in S.E. Asia" / [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "PH. 313-338-5940 / PH. 313-338-5940 / MI. / 32E LINE 66 / SIKON ROBERT A. / I WILL BE BACK / BOB GALLO" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "32E"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 150.0g
    • Item Length: 35.0cm
    • Item Width: 40.5cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 1.0cm (Thickness)
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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.