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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

poster, memorial

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 34367

ACCESSION DATE

03/21/1991

ASSOCIATED NAMES ON THE WALL
ITEM SUMMARY

Memorial poster dedicated to U.S. Air Force Colonel (Col) Peter Joseph Stewart. The poster bears numerous affixed black & white photocopies of photographic prints featuring images of Col Stewart in military aircraft, candid scenes of Col Stewart's family life, and a single image of Col Stewart as a POW in Vietnam. Handwritten inscriptions upon the poster provide his Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information, "PANEL 6E / Line 12", offer the love and support of family members by name, specify that Col Stewart was, "shot down March 15, 1966 over Vietnam [and] has spent 25 years as a Prisoner of War", and state unequivocally that, "His family want him HOME!!" The artifact was left at The Wall by family members of Col Stewart on the occasion of the twenty-fifth (25th) anniversary of the downing of his aircraft over Vietnam, March 15, 1991.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

MEMORIAL POSTER DEDICATED TO U.S. AIR FORCE COLONEL (COL) PETER JOSEPH STEWART. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A MEMORIAL POSTER COMPRISED OF A LARGE, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE POSTERBOARD WITH NUMEROUS AFFIXED PHOTOCOPIED PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS AND HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTIONS IN RED, BLUE, AND BLACK MARKER & BLACK/BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS ARE PHOTOCOPIED IN BLACK & WHITE UPON WHITE, UNLINED PAPER STOCK, ARE AFFIXED TO THE POSTERBOARD SUBSTRATE VIA ADHESIVE TAPE, AND ARE ARRANGED IN TWO (2) ROWS OF THREE (3) PHOTOGRAPHS EACH, UPPER THREE (3) PORTRAIT ORIENTATION AND LOWER THREE (3) LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION, ARRANGED THUSLY: [UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER] IMAGE OF COL STEWART IN MILITARY ISSUE, SERVICE/MESS DRESS UNIFORM WITH AFFIXED VISIBLE COLLAR INSIGNIA, MEDAL RIBBONS, AND U.S. AVIATOR BADGE; [UPPER, CENTER] IMAGE FEATURING A CAUCASIAN AMERICAN POW SERVICE MEMBER (PRESUMABLY COL STEWART [?]) WEARING A STRIPED PRISONER UNIFORM WITH HANDS BOUND IN FRONT OF HIS BODY AND BEING GUARDED BY A UNIFORMED, ARMED VIETNAMESE SOLDIER; [UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER] PHOTOCOPIED IMAGE OF A U.S. AIR FORCE PILOT (PRESUMABLY COL STEWART [?]) IN MILITARY ISSUE FLIGHT SUIT AND BOARDING AN UNIDENTIFIED JET AIRCRAFT, SUPERIMPOSED OVER A UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG AND LYING NEXT TO A POW*MIA BRACELET BEARING COL STEWART'S SERVICE INFORMATION; [LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER] IMAGE] FORMAL FAMILY STUDIO PORTRAIT FEATURING COL STEWART SEATED AT THE EXTREME, PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF HIS FAMILY (INCLUDING: ONE (1) MIDDLE AGED WOMAN IN FORMAL DRESS, ONE (1) ELDERLY WOMAN IN FORMAL DRESS, THREE (3) YOUNG GIRLS RANGING IN AGE FROM APPROX. SIX (6) - SIXTEEN (16) [?], AND TWO (2) YOUNG BOYS, APPROX. TEN (10) AND EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE [?], RESPECTIVELY; [LOWER, CENTER] IMAGE FEATURING COL STEWART AND A YOUNG, CAUCASIAN WOMAN (PRESUMABLY HIS WIFE [?]) SEATED TOGETHER ON A COUCH WITH AN INFANT CHILD ON THEIR LAPS; [LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER] IMAGE FEATURING COL STEWART IN MILITARY ISSUE FLIGHT SUIT WITH FLIGHT HELMET ON HIS LAP, SEATED IN THE COCKPIT OF AN UNIDENTIFIED JET AIRCRAFT WITH CANOPY OPEN, AND TURNING TO SMILE AT THE CAMERA. A HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE POSTER BEARS COL STEWART'S VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "PANEL 6E LINE 12", WHILE A SECOND (2ND) HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK/CURSIVE SCRIPT POSITIONED BETWEEN THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND AND UPPER, CENTER PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS READS, "WE LOVE YOU DADDY! / MARNIE, TERRI, JIM, KANDI, BETH BILL & SUSIE". ADDITIONAL HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTIONS IN RED, BLUE, AND BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE POSTER (POSITIONED BETWEEN THE TWO (2) ROWS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS) IDENTIFY THE ARTIFACT AS DEDICATED TO, "COL. PETER J. STEWART, USAF", RELATE THAT COL STEWART WAS, "SHOT DOWN MARCH 15, 1966 OVER VIETNAM" AND THAT HE HAS SPENT, "25 YEARS AS A PRISONER OF WAR", AND STATE UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT, "HIS FAMILY WANTS HIM HOME!!" ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE POSTER WAS ORIGINALLY ASSOCIATED WITH A TEDDY BEAR THAT HAS SINCE BECOME DISJOINED AND COMPLETELY DISSOCIATED FROM THE OBJECT.

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00081

RECORD COPONENT QTY

1

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the various handwritten inscriptions at the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "[Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] PANEL 6E / Line 12 / We Love you Daddy! / Marnie, Terri, Jim, Kandi, Beth Bill & Susie / Col. Peter J. Stewart, USAF / shot down March 15, 1966 over Vietnam has spent 25 years as a Prisoner of War / His family wants him HOME!!" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Assoc. w/ teddy bear, now separated / Acc 495 3/111"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 87.0g
Item Length: 55.9cm
Item Width: 71.1cm