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tags, commemorative service identification

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 37336
  • Accession Date:11/18/1993
  • Item Summary:Six (6) non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags, also referred to as, "dog tags", dedicated to U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) and nurse Carol Ann Elizabet Drazba, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) and nurse Elizabeth Ann Jones, U.S. Army Captain (CPT) and nurse Eleanor Grace Alexander, U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Hedwig Diane Orlowski, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) and nurse Pamela Dorothy Donovan, & U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane. The military rank, name, birth date, casualty date, & national affiliation for each Wall honoree is stamped upon the obverse surface of the respective tag. The artifacts were left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between September - November 1993.

catcher, Native American dream

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10101
  • Accession Date:11/18/1993
  • Item Summary:Native American (American Indian / First Nations) or Native-style dream catcher of no established tribal affiliation. The artifact was left at The Wall along with a wolf's pelt (VIVE (10102)), which has since been deaccessioned by MRCE collections staff, by an anonymous donor between September - November 1993.

button, commemorative


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 02394
  • Accession Date:6/7/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00009
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE CAMPAIGN BUTTON COMPRISED OF A METAL DISK WITH A PRINTED PAPER IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE COVERED BY A CLEAR SEALANT LAYER. THE BUTTON RELATES TO THE PROJECT TO CONSTRUCT A VIETNAM NURSES MEMORIAL AND THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE CONSISTS OF BLACK PRINT ON A CREAM-COLORED BACKGROUND REPRESENTING A RENDERING OF THE PROPOSED MEMORIAL. THE PHRASE, "VIETNAM NURSES" APPEARS PRINTED ALONG THE UPPER EDGE OF THE BUTTON IN ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT, WHILE THE PHRASE, "MEMORIAL PROJECT" IS SIMILARLY PRINTED IN ARCHED, BLOCK ALONG THE LOWER EDGE. AT THE CENTER, THE BACKGROUND IS COMPRISED OF SIX (6) BLACK, HORIZONTAL STRIPES ABOVE A BLACK FIELD BELOW CONTAINING EIGHT (8) CREAM-COLORED, FIVE (5)-POINTED STARS. SURMOUNTING THE STARS & STRIPES MOTIF IS THE IMAGE OF AN AMERICAN FEMALE NURSE IN A VIETNAM-ERA FIELD UNIFORM. THE OBJECT IS SECURED TO DRESS VIA A SINGLE PIN/CLASP CLOSURE AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. TURNER BOOK, PG. 201.
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "VIETNAM NURSES / MEMORIAL PROJECT"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 10.3g
    • Item Length: N/A
    • Item Width: N/A
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 5.5cm (Diameter) / 0.75cm (Thickness)
  • Item Notes:TURNER BOOK, PG. 201.
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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.