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bracelet, commemorative

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09470
  • Accession Date:3/7/1994
  • Item Summary:Metal commemorative bracelet dedicated to U.S. Army Captain (CPT) and nurse Carol Ann Elizabet Drazba. The bracelet bears engraved representations of the American eagle from the coat of arms and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM), as well as CPT Drazba's branch of service, rank, hometown of record, birth/casualty dates, and VVM Wall location information. The artifact was left by an anonymous donor as part of a larger assemblage of bracelets (VIVE (9464 - 9469 & 9471)) affixed to a tree near the Vietnam Women's Memorial (VWM) between December 1993 - March 1994.

recorder, reel-to-reel tape

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09656
  • Accession Date:9/30/1993
  • Item Summary:S.S.M.C. brand, model TC-501 reel-to-reel tape recorder. The recorder is a portable, five (5) transistor, battery-operated model typical of those utilized by American military personnel in Vietnam to produce audio tapes for friends and loved ones back home. The artifact was left at The Wall as part of a larger artifact assemblage (VIVE (9657 - 9662)) by an anonymous donor between August - September 1993.

bracelet, commemorative


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09471
  • Accession Date:3/7/1994
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: ELEANOR G ALEXANDER , PAMELA D DONOVAN , CAROL A DRAZBA , ANNIE R GRAHAM , ELIZABETH A JONES , MARY T KLINKER , SHARON A LANE , HEDWIG D ORLOWSKI
  • Item Summary:Metal commemorative bracelet dedicated to U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane. The bracelet bears engraved representations of the American eagle from the coat of arms and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM), as well as 1LT Lane's branch of service, rank, hometown of record, birth/casualty dates, and VVM Wall location information. The artifact was left by an anonymous donor as part of a larger assemblage of bracelets (VIVE (9464 - 9470)) affixed to a tree near the Vietnam Women's Memorial (VWM) between December 1993 - March 1994.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00125
  • Related Items: VIVE 09464 - bracelet, commemorative
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    VIVE 09469 - bracelet, commemorative
    VIVE 09470 - bracelet, commemorative
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  • Item Description:METAL COMMEMORATIVE BRACELET DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE SHARON ANN LANE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A FLAT STRIP OF RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, GOLD COLORED, POLISHED METAL (LIKELY ALUMINUM [?]) WITH SQUARED ENDS, BENT INTO A ROUGHLY CIRCULAR SHAPE TO FUNCTION AS A BRACELET. AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS AN ENGRAVING REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN EAGLE FROM THE COAT OF ARMS (I.E. EAGLE WITH SHIELD IN CHIEF FACING PROPER RIGHT AND CLUTCHING THIRTEEN (13) ARROWS IN LEFT TALON AND OLIVE BRANCH IN RIGHT TALON), IN-FILLED WITH BLACK COLORATION FOR LEGIBILITY. A SIMILAR ENGRAVING IS OBSERVED AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE EXTERIOR, OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE REPRESENTING THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) ABOVE THE WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "23W LINE 112", WHICH IS ENGRAVED IN BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AND ALSO IN-FILLED FOR LEGIBILITY. A FINAL ENGRAVED, IN-FILLED INSCRIPTION IS CENTERED BETWEEN THE TWO (2) PREVIOUS ENGRAVINGS AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, IS DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE SHARON ANN LANE, AND BEARS HER BRANCH OF SERVICE, RANK, HOMETOWN OF RECORD, AND BIRTH/CASUALTY DATES ENGRAVED IN BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. TURNER BOOK, PG. 232. THE OBJECT WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED AFFIXED TO A TREE LEFT NEAR THE VIETNAM WOMEN'S MEMORIAL (VWM) ALONG WITH SEVERAL SIMILAR AND ASSOCIATED OBJECTS (VIVE (9464 - 9470)).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the engraved inscriptions at the exterior, obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "23W LINE 112 / THIS TREE IS DEDICATED TO / SHARON ANN LANE / 1LT U.S. ARMY CANTON OH / JULY 7, 1943 - JUNE 8, 1969"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 11.8g
    • Item Length: 17.0cm
    • Item Width: 2.5cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:THE OBJECT WAS PREVIOUSLY USED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NEW YORK REGIONAL OFFICE (NYRO) EXHIBITION (L.1997.4.VIVE).

    TURNER BOOK, PG. 232.
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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.