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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.

button, commemorative

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 02394
  • Accession Date:6/7/1985
  • Item Summary:Commemorative button dedicated on behalf of the proposed Vietnam Nurses' Memorial. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between May - June 1985.

coin, commemorative


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 41751
  • Accession Date:11/24/1987
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00046
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:COMMEMORATIVE COIN. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A CIRCULARLY SHAPED, SILVER METAL COIN WITH TEXTURED CIRCUMFERENTIAL EDGE AND BAS RELIEF GRAPHIC REPRESENTATIONS AT THE OBVERSE AND REVERSE OBJECT SURFACES. AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, A GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF A VIETNAM-ERA AMERICAN SERVICEMAN DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (E.G. OG-107 HOT WEATHER FIELD CAP, OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT COAT & TROUSERS, COMBAT BOOTS, ETC.) NEXT TO A YOUNG FEMALE CHILD WEARING A SHORT DRESS IS EXECUTED IN BAS RELIEF. THE SERVICEMAN IS DEPICTED SQUATTING TO THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE CHILD AND HOLDING OUT A BOWL FULL OF FOOD WITH HIS LEFT HAND, WHILE THE CHILD HOLDS AN EMPTY BOWL WITH HER RIGHT HAND AND CONSIDERS THE SERVICEMAN'S OFFER. THE PHRASE, "A TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN FIGHTING MEN IN VIETNAM" IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE EXTERIOR EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE COIN, WHILE THE DATE, "1967" IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AT THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE COIN, THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES (I.E. A SHIELD WITH A CHIEF BEARING NO STARS OVER A FIELD WITH STRIPES. THE SUPPORTER OF THE SHIELD IS A BALD EAGLE WITH WINGS OUTSTRETCHED AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE. THE EAGLE CLUTCHES A BUNDLE OF THIRTEEN (13) ARROWS IN ITS LEFT TALON WHILE THE RIGHT TALON CLUTCHES AN OLIVE BRANCH. IN ITS BEAK THE EAGLE CLUTCHES A SCROLL WITH THE MOTTO, "E PLURIBUS UNUM," WHILE OVERHEAD A GLORY CONTAINING THIRTEEN (13) STARS SURMOUNTS ALL) IS EXECUTED IN BAS RELIEF. SURROUNDING THE CENTRAL BAS RELIEF ALONG THE EXTERIOR EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE COIN, EACH OF THE AMERICAN WARS AND THE DATES OF AMERICAN INVOLVEMENT (UP TO AND INCLUDING THE VIETNAM WAR) ARE EXECUTED IN RAISED, ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the raised lettering inscriptions at the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, raised lettering inscriptions] "A TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN FIGHTING MEN IN VIETNAM / 1967" / [Reverse object surface, raised lettering inscriptions] "1775 - 1783 REVOLUTIONARY WAR WAR OF 1812 - 1814 1846 - 1848 MEXICAN WAR 1861 - 1865 CIVIL WAR 1898 SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR 1917 - 1918 WORLD WAR I 1941 - 1945 WORLD WAR II 1950 - 1953 KOREAN WAR 1961 - 1967 VIETNAM WAR"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 26.7g
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: N/A
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 0.3cm (Thickness) / 3.8cm (Diameter) / 11.9cm (Circumference)
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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.