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painting, framed

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 09832
  • Accession Date:11/18/1993
  • Item Summary:Framed painting by artist Robert E. Hornocker. The subject of the painting is a U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse standing in front of a United States national flag and an erected military issue tent. A typewritten artist's note originally discovered with the object (VIVE (9833)) dedicates the painting to all Vietnam nurses. The artifact was left at The Wall by Robert E. Hornocker between September - November 1993.

plaque, Vietnam Stress Unit

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10081
  • Accession Date:11/5/1992
  • Item Summary:Vietnam Stress Unit, Montrose, New York plaque created in 1992. Two (2) full color, 'in-country' photographs of Vietnam-era American military personnel and a handwritten poem by author, Karen Raven are affixed to the plaque. The poem opens with the phrase, "Tomorrow is a Dream That Leads Me Onward..", and in content speaks to the concept of tomorrow representing an opportunity for new choices, new friendships, previously unexperienced joys, and growth as a human being. The artifact was left at The Wall by Karen Raven [?] between August - November 1992.

name rubbings, framed


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 10068
  • Accession Date:11/18/1993
  • 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:Framed Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) name rubbings dedicated to U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) and nurse Carol Ann Elizabet Drazba, 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 Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) and nurse Annie Ruth Graham, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant (2LT) and nurse Elizabeth Ann Jones, U.S. Army Captain (CPT) and nurse Eleanor Grace Alexander, U.S. Air Force Captain (Capt) and nurse Mary Therese Klinker, & U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) and nurse Sharon Ann Lane. The name rubbings bear handwritten inscriptions containing: the birth/casualty dates, full name, VVM Wall location information, rank, branch of service, and hometown of record for each of the eight (8) nurses listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM), and have been affixed to a sheet of plywood and framed beneath a sheet of clear poly-plastic. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor on Veteran's Day, November 11, 1993.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00122
  • Record Component Qty:2
  • Item Description:FRAMED NAME RUBBINGS DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT) AND NURSE CAROL ANN ELIZABET DRAZBA, 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 LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LTC) AND NURSE ANNIE RUTH GRAHAM, U.S. ARMY SECOND LIEUTENANT (2LT) AND NURSE ELIZABETH ANN JONES, U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN (CPT) AND NURSE ELEANOR GRACE ALEXANDER, U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN (CAPT) AND NURSE MARY THERESE KLINKER, & U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) AND NURSE SHARON ANN LANE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF EIGHT (8) VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) NAME RUBBINGS (ONE (1) FOR EACH OF THE EIGHT (8) FEMALE NURSES AND VIETNAM VETERANS LISTED ON THE WALL) AFFIXED IN FOUR (4) ROWS OF TWO (2) RUBBINGS EACH AND SEALED TO A THREE-QUARTER (3/4)" SHEET OF UNFINISHED PLYWOOD VIA A THIN SHEET OF CLEAR, POLY-PLASTIC. EACH OF THE NAME RUBBINGS IS COMPLETED IN PENCIL OR CHARCOAL [?] ON A VVM WALL RUBBING SHEET AND FEATURES THE BIRTH/CASUALTY DATES AND FULL NAME OF EACH NURSE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE UPPER EDGE OF THE SHEET, AS WELL AS THE VVM WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, RANK, BRANCH OF SERVICE, AND HOMETOWN OF RECORD HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE SHEET. THE PHRASE, "IN SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY" IS SPELLED IN BLACK AND RED ADHESIVE VINYL LETTERS AFFIXED TO THE PLYWOOD DIRECTLY ABOVE THE NAME RUBBINGS, WHILE THE DATE, "NOVEMBER 11, 1993" IS SPELLED IN IDENTICAL ADHESIVE VINYL LETTERING DIRECTLY BELOW THE RUBBINGS. THE EDGES OF THE PLYWOOD SUBSTRATE ARE 'BEADED', OR ROUNDED OFF VIA THE APPLICATION OF SMALL STRIPS OF WOODEN MOLDING AFFIXED VIA METAL NAILS. AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, TWO (2) METAL 'D' RINGS ARE AFFIXED TO THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND EDGES VIA A SINGLE SLOTHEAD SCREW, WHILE A GREEN-PAINTED METAL TRIPOD STAND IS STAPLED TO THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE SURFACE FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBJECT DISPLAY. THE OBJECT WAS PREVIOUSLY FEATURED IN THE MUSEUM OF OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION (MOONH # 13).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of printed VVM wall rubbing sheet quotations, as well as individual name rubbings and associated handwritten inscriptions at the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Printed quotation, obverse object surface, upper, proper left-hand corner] "In honor of the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in the Vietnam War. / The names of those who gave their lives and of those who remain missing are inscribed in the order they were taken from us." / [Printed quotation, obverse object surface, lower, proper right-hand corner] "Our nation honors the courage sacrifice and devotion to duty and country of its Vietnam veterans. / This Memorial was built with private contributions from the American People. / November 11, 1982" / [Name rubbings, top to bottom, proper right to proper left, #1 - 8] / [#1, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "18 SEP 40 / ELEANOR GRACE ALEXANDER / 30 NOV 67" / [#1, Name rubbing] "ELEANOR G ALEXANDER" / [#1, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "31E 8 / CAPT. / U.S. ARMY / RIVERVALE, N.J." / [#2, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "25 MAR 42 / PAMELA DOROTHY DONOVAN / 8 JUL 69" / [#2, Name rubbing] "PAMELA D DONOVAN" / [#2, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "53W 43 / 2LT. / U.S. ARMY / TRINIDAD, CAL." / [#3, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "11 DEC 43 / CAROL ANN ELIZABETH DRAZBA / 18 FEB 66" / [#3, Name rubbing] "CAROL A E DRAZBA" / [#3, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "5E 46 / 2LT. / U.S. ARMY / DUNMORE, PA." / [#4, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "7 NOV 16 / ANNIE RUTH GRAHAM / 14 AUG 68" / [#4, Name rubbing] "ANNIE RUTH GRAHAM" / [#4, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "43W 12 / LTC. / U.S. ARMY / EFLAND, N.C." / [#5, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "12 SEP 43 / ELIZABETH ANN JONES / 18 FEB 66" / [#5, Name rubbing] "ELIZABETH A JONES" / [#5, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "5E 47 / 2LT. / U.S. ARMY / ALLENDALE, S.C." / [#6, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "3 OCT 47 / MARY THERESE KLINKER / 9 APR 75" / [#6, Name rubbing] "MARY T KLINKER" / [#6, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "1W 122 / CAPT. / U.S. AIR FORCE / LAFAYETTE, IND." / [#7, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "7 JUL 43 / SHARON ANN LANE / 8 JUN 69" / [#7, Name rubbing] "SHARON A LANE" / [#7, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "23W 112 / 1LT. / U.S. ARMY / CANTON, OHIO" / [#8, Handwritten inscription, upper edge] "13 APR 44 / HEWIG DIANE ORLOWSKI / 30 NOV 67" / [#8, Name rubbing] "HEDWIG D ORLOWSKI" / [#8, Handwritten inscription, lower edge] "31E 15 / 1LT. / U.S. ARMY / DETROIT, MICH."
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2300.0g
    • Item Length: 62.0cm
    • Item Width: 62.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 2.5cm (Depth)
  • 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 WAS PREVIOUSLY FEATURED IN THE MUSEUM OF OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE EXHIBITION (MOONH # 13).
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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.