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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)

note, handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 08937
  • Accession Date:9/23/1986
  • Item Summary:Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Thomas Clifford Edwards, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal (Cpl) Garland Flendoph Wright, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Jerry Lee Hailey, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal (Cpl) Dennis Richard Schmidt, U.S. Navy Hospitalman 3 (HM3) Francis William Mack, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Douglas Scott Dubose, U.S. Marine Corps First Lieutenant (1stLt) Walter J. Spainhour Jr., and U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Louis Joseph Reed. The note pertains to casualties suffered by a unit within the U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines over a four (4) month span from late June - late October 1966, and lists the name, birth date, casualty date, and hometown of record, respectively, for eight (8) servicemen from the above referenced unit. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between July - September 1986.

ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 01513
  • Accession Date:8/14/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: SHARON A LANE
  • Item Summary:Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation ribbon with affixed gold Palm Leaf Unit Citation device dedicated to U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane. The Gallantry Cross Medal and associated ribbon were awarded by the government of the Republic of Vietnam to military personnel who have accomplished deeds of valor or displayed heroic conduct while fighting the enemy and have been cited individually at the regiment, brigade, division, corps, or armed forces level. 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 & 1509-1512)) 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)
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00013
  • Related Items: VIVE 01509 - note, handwritten
    VIVE 01510 - insignia, U.S. Army officer rank
    VIVE 01511 - insignia, U.S. Army officer rank
    VIVE 01512 - ribbon, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation Award
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  • Item Description:REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS UNIT CITATION RIBBON WITH GOLD PALM LEAF UNIT CITATION DEVICE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE SHARON ANN LANE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, GOLD COLORED FRAME WITH RAISED RELIEF LAUREL LEAF MOTIF ENCLOSING A NYLON RIBBON WITH ALTERNATING OLD GLORY RED AND GOLDEN YELLOW STRIPES, AND WITH A SINGLE GOLD PALM LEAF UNIT CITATION DEVICE AFFIXED TO THE RIBBON FIELD. THE MEDAL WAS AWARDED BY THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM TO MILITARY PERSONNEL WHO HAVE ACCOMPLISHED DEEDS OF VALOR OR DISPLAYED HEROIC CONDUCT WHILE FIGHTING THE ENEMY AND HAVE BEEN CITED INDIVIDUALLY AT THE REGIMENT, BRIGADE, DIVISION, CORPS, OR ARMED FORCES LEVEL. THE OBJECT IS AFFIXED TO MILITARY DRESS VIA TWO (2) CLUTCHBACKS AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL) THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (30808 & 1509 - 1512).
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 7.9g
    • Item Length: 1.5cm
    • Item Width: 3.5cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 1.5cm (Thickness)
  • Item Notes:THE OBJECT WAS PREVIOUSLY USED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NEW YORK REGIONAL OFFICE (NYRO) EXHIBITION (L.1997.4.VIVE).
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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.