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patch, commemorative

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 34976
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Commemorative "VIETNAM REMEMBERED" patch. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October - November 1987.

note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 38713
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note with an affixed non-military issue, commemorative U.S. Marine Corps lapel pin. The handwritten note bears the name of the artifact donor, "Albert C. Hernandez" and the directive phrase, "TAKE TO THE WALL", as well as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information, "18W / 20". The artifact was left at Panel W18 of The Wall by Albert C. Hernandez between October - November 1987.

medal, commemorative


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 38367
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Commemorative medal. The obverse surface of the medal bears a raised relief design depicting a Bell UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" helicopter in flight in addition to the inscriptions, "VIETNAM / VETERAN / "I SERVED MY COUNTRY" ", while the reverse surface bears the inscription, " "THANK YOU" / FRANK BIANCO / ROCHESTER, MICH." The artifact was left at The Wall along with three (3) associated non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags, also referred to as "dog tags", (VIVE (6893 - 6895)) by Frank Bianco between October - November 1987.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00046
  • Related Items: VIVE 06893 - tag, commemorative service identification
    VIVE 06894 - tag, commemorative service identification
    VIVE 06895 - tag, commemorative service identification
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A CIRCULARLY SHAPED, GOLD COLORED POLY-PLASTIC DISK BEARING A RAISED RELIEF DESIGN EXECUTED AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE WHICH FEATURES A U.S. MILITARY, BELL UH-1 IROQUOIS "HUEY" HELICOPTER IN FLIGHT BENEATH A CURVED ARCH, AS WELL AS A LAUREL LEAF MOTIF ALONG THE EXTERIOR PERIMETER EDGE. THE QUOTATION, " "I SERVED MY COUNTRY" " IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, BLOCK SCRIPT IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE HUEY HELICOPTER DESIGN AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE PHRASE, "VIETNAM" IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE UPPER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING PHRASE, "VETERAN" IS SIMILARLY EXECUTED IN RAISE, ARCHED BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE PHRASE, " "THANK YOU" / FRANK BIANCO / ROCHESTER, MICH." IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, BLOCK SCRIPT IN THREE (3) SEPARATE LINES UPON THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL IS PRESENTLY SUSPENDED FROM A RED, WHITE, & BLUE STRIPED NYLON RIBBON VIA TWO (2) CIRCULARLY SHAPED, BRASS METAL RINGS AT THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (6893, 6894, & 6895).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the raised lettering inscriptions upon the obverse & reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, raised lettering inscription] "VIETNAM / VETERAN / "I SERVED MY COUNTRY" " / [Reverse object surface, raised lettering inscription] " "THANK YOU" / FRANK BIANCO / ROCHESTER, MICH."
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 27.7g
    • Item Length: 48.0cm
    • Item Width: 8.5cm
    • 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.