From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Navy Captain (CAPT) James Reginald Bauder. The note consists of two (2) separate passages, both dated, "May 18, 1989" and addressed to CAPT Bauder from his cousin, "William "Tiny" Bauder". The first (1st) passage informs CAPT Bauder that he is not forgotten and implores him to, "Come home and bring everyone with you." The second (2nd) passage offers greetings to CAPT Bauder one last time and the benediction, "May God keep you and the others, till you all come home". The artifact was left at The Wall along with a non-military issue, commemorative Vietnam Service Medal patch (VIVE (10898)), a non-military issue, commemorative POW*MIA patch (VIVE (10899)), and a tri-fold United States national flag (VIVE (10900)) by William "Tiny" Bauder on May 18, 1989.
HANDWRITTEN NOTE DEDICATED TO U.S. NAVY CAPTAIN (CAPT) JAMES REGINALD BAUDER. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A HANDWRITTEN NOTE IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A SINGLE, RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF YELLOW, LINED, LEGAL-SIZED PAPER. THE NOTE IS COMPRISED OF TWO (2) SEPARATE PASSAGES, EACH INDIVIDUALLY THOUGH NEARLY IDENTICALLY, ADDRESSED, DATED, AND SIGNED. THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED, "TO: JAMES R. BAUDER / CAPT. U.S. NAVY" ALONG THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE FIRST (1ST) PASSAGE IS HEADED, "WELL COUS,", IS DATED, "MAY 18, 1989", IS SIGNED, "WILLIAM "TINY" BAUDER", AND ADDRESSES THE DECEASED TO REMIND HIM THAT HE IS NOT FORGOTTEN. THE SECOND (2ND) PASSAGE IS SIMILARLY HEADED, "WELL COUS,", IS DATED, "MAY 18, 1989", IS SIGNED, "LOVE / WM. "TINY" BAUDER", AND INFORMS THE DECEASED THAT THE AUTHOR HAS COME TO THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM), "[...] TO SAY HI ONE MORE TIME" AND TO OFFER WISHES FOR GOD'S GRACE. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED, AND WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED, WITH VIVE (10898 - 10900).
Text of the note address and the two (2) handwritten passages is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, upper edge, handwritten note address] "TO: JAMES R. BAUDER / CAPT. U.S. NAVY" / [Obverse object surface, note passage #1, handwritten inscription] "May 18, 1989 / Well Cous, / Came to the big Wall to say you're not forgotten. / Come home and bring everyone with you. / William "Tiny" Bauder" / [Obverse object surface, note passage #2, handwritten inscription] "May 18, 1989 / Well Cous, / I'm back today to say hi one more time / Its [sic] harder every time. / May God keep you and the others, till you all come home / Love / Wm. "Tiny" Bauder"
Item Weight: 3.5g
Item Length: 33.0cm
Item Width: 21.5cm