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insignia, U.S. Army officer rank

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01510
  • Accession Date:8/14/1985
  • Item Summary:Military issue, U.S. Army officer rank insignia- Major O-4 ((MAJ) full color) dedicated to U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane and consisting of a single, gold colored, seven (7)-pointed stylized oak leaf point up. The artifact was left at The Wall by former U.S. Army Reserve Major (MAJ) Barbara Greenberg on August 3, 1985 as part of a larger assemblage of artifacts (VIVE (30808, 1509, & 1511 - 1513)) which MAJ Greenberg left for 1LT Lane as symbols of the war in which she lost her life. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Officer Rank Insignia- http://www.defense.gov/about/insignias/officers.aspx)

ribbon, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation Award

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01512
  • Accession Date:8/14/1985
  • Item Summary:Military issue, U.S. Army Meritorious Unit Commendation Award ribbon dedicated to U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane. The U.S. Army Meritorious Unit Commendation Award was established by War Department order on 12 December 1946, "[...] on a plane comparable to the Navy Unit Commendation and may be awarded to any type of unit for meritorious service during military operations which, if performed by an individual would warrant the award of a Legion of Merit". The artifact was left at The Wall by former U.S. Army Reserve Major (MAJ) Barbara Greenberg on August 3, 1985 as part of a larger assemblage of artifacts (VIVE (30808, 1509-1511, & 1513)) which MAJ Greenberg left for 1LT Lane as symbols of the war in which she lost her life. (Source: The Institute of Heraldry- http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil)

insignia, U.S. Army officer rank


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01511
  • Accession Date:8/14/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: SHARON A LANE
  • Item Summary:Military issue, U.S. Army officer rank insignia- Major O-4 ((MAJ) full color) dedicated to U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane and consisting of a single, gold colored, seven (7)-pointed stylized oak leaf point up. The artifact was left at The Wall by former U.S. Army Reserve Major (MAJ) Barbara Greenberg on August 3, 1985 as part of a larger assemblage of artifacts (VIVE (30808, 1509, 1510, 1512, & 1513)) which MAJ Greenberg left for 1LT Lane as symbols of the war in which she lost her life. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Officer Rank Insignia- http://www.defense.gov/about/insignias/officers.aspx)
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00013
  • Related Items: VIVE 01509 - note, handwritten
    VIVE 01510 - insignia, U.S. Army officer rank
    VIVE 01512 - ribbon, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation Award
    VIVE 01513 - ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
  • Record Component Qty:1
  • Item Description:MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. ARMY OFFICER RANK INSIGNIA- MAJOR O-4 ((MAJ) FULL COLOR) DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE SHARON ANN LANE. THE INSIGNIA CONSISTS OF A SINGLE, GOLD-COLORED, SEVEN (7)-POINTED STYLIZED OAK LEAF POINT UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LOOP, WITH THE STEM OF THE LEAF FIVE-EIGHTH'S INCHES (5/8") FROM THE SLEEVE END OF THE LOOP. FURTHERMORE, THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE FEATURES PATTERNING CONSISTING OF HORIZONTAL STRIATIONS TO REPRESENT LEAF VEINING. THE INSIGNIA IS AFFIXED TO MILITARY DRESS VIA TWO (2) CLUTCHBACKS AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. (SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD), OFFICER RANK INSIGNIA- HTTP://WWW.DEFENSE.GOV/ABOUT/INSIGNIAS/OFFICERS.ASPX) THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (30808, 1509, 1510, 1512, & 1513), AND MAY REPRESENT ONE (1) COMPONENT OF A TWO (2) COMPONENT SET ALONG WITH VIVE (1510).
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 7.7g
    • Item Length: 3.0cm
    • Item Width: 2.75cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 1.25cm (Thickness)
  • Item Notes:THE OBJECT WAS PREVIOUSLY USED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NEW YORK REGIONAL OFFICE (NYRO) EXHIBITION (L.1997.4.VIVE).

    THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (30808, 1509, 1510, 1512, & 1513), AND MAY REPRESENT ONE-HALF (1/2) OF A SET ALONG WITH VIVE (1510).
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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.