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jar, glass

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 36066
  • Accession Date:6/22/1993
  • Item Summary:Cylindrical glass jar containing sand from Chu Lai, South Vietnam and dedicated to "Jerry" from "Slick and the guys at Hooch 20's "Bar Patches." The handwritten note upon the jar label reads (in part), "It Ain't That Bad!!!" The artifact was left at The Wall by an unidentified donor in June 1993.

insignia, Viet Cong Hunting Club

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01873
  • Accession Date:11/15/1985
  • Item Summary:Non-military issue, commemorative cloth patch Viet Cong Hunting Club insignia. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor in November 1985.

print, black & white photographic


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00465
  • Accession Date:11/24/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: PETER J GALLO
  • Item Summary:Black & white photographic print taken 'in-country' in Vietnam [?] and dedicated to U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) Peter Joseph Gallo. The photographic image features two (2) American servicemen in military issue field attire posing next to a Bell UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" helicopter, while a handwritten inscription at the reverse surface identifies the subjects of the photograph as, "The aircraft Commander / 1st Lt. Gallo & his co pilot". The inscription proceeds to describe how the author still cranes his neck looking for the, "[...] all too familiar whoop, whoop etc. of the ship overhead", informs the subjects of the photograph that, "You two guys have your names etched in time. / I appreciate your calmness all those times. / It took me by surprise that night [?]", and closes with the phrases, "Bless you. / I miss you both. / One and united". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between November 1982 - November 1984.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00002
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) PETER JOSEPH GALLO. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE PHOTO PAPER. THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN 'IN-COUNTRY' IN VIETNAM [?] AND FEATURES TWO (2) AMERICAN SERVICEMEN IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (I.E. FATIGUES) POSING NEXT TO A BELL UH-1 IROQUOIS "HUEY" HELICOPTER. THE MAN AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE IN THE PHOTO WEARS INSIGNIA THAT IDENTIFY HIM AS A FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT), WHILE THE RANK OF THE MAN AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE IS INDETERMINATE. BOTH MEN LEAN ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF AN OPEN DOOR AT THE PORT SIDE OF THE AIRCRAFT, WHICH RESTS ON A METAL TRACK IN AN OPEN FIELD. IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REGARDING THE AIRCRAFT IS DISCERNIBLE IN THE PHOTO, IS STAMPED IN WHITE, BLOCK LETTERING ALONG THE LOWER, PORT SIDE OF THE AIRCRAFT NEAR THE COCKPIT, AND READS, "U.S. ARMY / UH-1D / U.S.A. SERIAL / NO. 64-1 3660 [...]" A HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IDENTIFIES THE SUBJECTS OF THE IMAGE AS, "COMMANDER 1ST LIEUTENANT GALLO & HIS CO PILOT," OFFERS A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE, AND IS SIGNED, "GOOD-BYE." AN ALPHANUMERIC CODE (PERHAPS A MILITARY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER [?]) IS STAMPED IN BLACK CHARACTERS ALONG THE UPPER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE AND READS, "M602363." ACCORDING TO MRCE CATALOG NOTES, IMAGE INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH THE OBJECT IS RECORDED AS THE FOLLOWING, "IMAGE: DISC 3198, # 5".
  • Associated Item Text: Text of handwritten and stamped inscriptions at the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "The aircraft Commander / 1st Lt. Gallo & his co pilot / A thousand times I've craned [?] my neck [?], [indecipherable] LZ for your ship, when I hear the all too familiar whoop, whoop etc. of the ship overhead. / You two guys have your names etched in time. / I appreciate your calmness all those times. / It took me by surprise that night [?]. I really [indecipherable] I cried of [indecipherable] me something meant to keep. / Bless you. / I miss you both. / One and united. / [indecipherable] again. / I'm [indecipherable] / Good-bye" / [Reverse object surface, stamped inscription] "M602363"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 4.6g
    • Item Length: 8.5cm
    • Item Width: 10.75cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:THE OBJECT WAS PREVIOUSLY DISPLAYED IN THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (NYRO) EXHIBITION (L.1997.4.VIVE).

    ACCORDING TO MRCE CATALOG NOTES, IMAGE INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH THE OBJECT IS RECORDED AS THE FOLLOWING, "IMAGE: DISC 3198, # 5".
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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.