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medal, commemorative

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 38367
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • 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.

coin, commemorative

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 41751
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Item Summary:Commemorative silver coin. The bas relief design at the obverse surface of the coin depicts a Vietnam-era American serviceman offering a young girl a bowl full of food, as well as the dedicatory phrase & date, "A TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN FIGHTING MEN IN VIETNAM / 1967". The design at the reverse surface of the coin depicts the Great Seal of the United States, in addition to listing all American wars and the dates of American involvement (from the Revolution up to and including the Vietnam War). 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
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00046
  • Record Component Qty:2
  • Item Description:HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A WHITE, LINED, THREE INCH BY FIVE INCH (3" X 5") NOTE CARD. THE NOTE SPECIFIES THE DONOR NAME AND PHYSICAL ADDRESS, "ALBERT C. HERNANDEZ / [address redacted]", IN ADDITION TO THE DIRECTIVE PHRASE, "TAKE TO THE WALL". THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "18W / 20" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND VERTICALLY-ORIENTED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE NOTE CARD. AFFIXED TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE NOTE CARD, VIA A SINGLE CLUTCHBACK AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, IS A NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE U.S. MARINE CORPS LAPEL PIN. THE LAPEL PIN IS COMPRISED OF GOLD COLORED METAL AND RED & BLACK ENAMEL IN THE FORM OF AN OVOID SHAPED RED FIELD TRIMMED IN GOLD, WITH A GOLD, TRIPARTITE SCROLL ALONG THE UPPER EDGE BEARING THE INSCRIPTION, "UNITED / MARINES / STATES" EXECUTED IN BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT AND A SIMILAR GOLD, TRIPARTITE SCROLL ALONG THE LOWER EDGE BEARING THE INSCRIPTION, "AIR / LAND / SEA" EXECUTED IN BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT. THE CENTER OF THE RED FIELD IS CHARGED WITH A REPRESENTATION OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS EMBLEM (I.E. A GLOBE ILLUSTRATING THE CONTINENTS OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE INTERSECTED BY A FOULED ANCHOR, AND SURMOUNTED BY AN AMERICAN EAGLE WITH WINGS SPREAD, FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE, AND CARRYING A STREAMER IN ITS BEAK) EXECUTED IN GOLD.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the handwritten & block lettering inscriptions upon the note card and affixed lapel pin is transcribed in full, as follows: [Note card, obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Albert C. Hernandez / [address redacted] / TAKE TO THE WALL" / [Note card, reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "18W / 20" / [Lapel pin, obverse object surface, block lettering inscriptions] "UNITED / MARINES / STATES / AIR / LAND / SEA"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 5.3g (Collective weight of handwritten note card & affixed lapel pin)
    • Item Length: 7.5cm
    • Item Width: 12.6cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:Dimensions listed above are for the handwritten note card only, with the exception of "Weight" which is a collective measurement of the note card & affixed lapel pin. Measurements for the affixed lapel pin are as follows:

    [Lapel pin]:
    1.8cm (L) X 2.5cm (W) X 5.3g (Collective weight of handwritten note card & affixed lapel pin)
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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.