From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
patch, commemorative POW*MIA
Non-military issue, commemorative POW*MIA patch, full color, dedicated to U.S. Navy Captain (CAPT) James Reginald Bauder. The patch bears an embroidered representation of an American bald eagle in front of a stylized representation of the United States national flag, all above the inscription, "POW*MIA'S REMEMBERED" in arched, block script along the lower edge. The artifact was left at The Wall along with a handwritten note (VIVE (10897)), a non-military issue, commemorative Vietnam Service Medal patch (VIVE (10898)), and a tri-fold United States national flag (VIVE (10900)) by William "Tiny" Bauder on May 18, 1989.
NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE POW*MIA PATCH, FULL COLOR. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RED, WHITE, AND BLUE FABRIC PATCH IN THE FORM OF A WHITE, CIRCULARLY SHAPED DISC WITH AN EMBROIDERED BLUE EXTERIOR BORDER. AT THE CENTER OF THE DISC IS AN EMBROIDERED BLUE REPRESENTATION OF AN AMERICAN BALD EAGLE FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE. THE BALD EAGLE SURMOUNTS A BACKGROUND CONSISTING OF AN EMBROIDERED RED, WHITE, AND BLUE REPRESENTATION OF THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG, COMPRISED OF A BLUE CANTON BEARING TEN (10) VISIBLE FIVE (5)-POINTED WHITE STARS AND A FIELD OR GROUND BEARING ELEVEN (11) VISIBLE ALTERNATING, HORIZONTAL RED AND WHITE STRIPES. IN EMBROIDERED RED, ARCHED BLOCK LETTERING ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE DESIGN AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS THE PHRASE, "POW*MIA'S REMEMBERED". A LENGTH OF LOOSE, BLUE THREAD (APPROX. 1.0CM), ALSO REFERRED TO AS A, "PIGTAIL", IS OBSERVED ISSUING FROM THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. A GOLD COLORED, ADHESIVE PAPER MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S STICKER IS ADHERED TO THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE AND BEARS THE PHRASE, "MADE IN TAIWAN" PRINTED IN BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE CENTER. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED, AND WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED, WITH VIVE (10897, 10898, & 10900).
Text of the embroidered inscription at the obverse object surface and of the manufacturer/supplier's sticker at the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, embroidered inscription] "POW*MIA'S REMEMBERED" / [Reverse object surface, manufacturer/supplier's sticker, printed inscription] "MADE IN TAIWAN"
Item Weight: 3.2g
Item Depth: 7.25cm (Diameter) / 22.8cm (Circumference) / 0.25cm (Thickness)