From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
flag, United States national
United States national flag, also referred to as an "American" flag. A handwritten inscription upon the flag surface dedicates the artifact to U.S. Air Force and Vietnam veteran Mike Nolan who died on, "12-24-88" as a consequence of exposure to Agent Orange. The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between January - March 1989.
UNITED STATES NATIONAL FLAG, ALSO REFERRED TO AS AN, “AMERICAN" FLAG. THE OBJECT IS COMPRISED OF RED, WHITE, AND BLUE POLYESTER-BLEND [?] FABRIC WITH A BLUE CANTON CONTAINING FIFTY (50) WHITE, FIVE (5)-POINTED STARS, A FIELD OR GROUND BEARING THIRTEEN (13) ALTERNATING, HORIZONTAL RED AND WHITE STRIPES, AND A HOIST EDGE AFFIXED TO A LENGTH OF WOODEN DOWEL (APPROX. 23.5CM) VIA TWO (2) METAL STAPLES WHICH SERVES AS A FLAGPOLE OR STAFF. THE DOWEL IS PRESENTLY TOPPED WITH AN AFFIXED GOLD PAINTED, WOODEN STAFF ORNAMENT OR FINIAL. HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE WHITE STRIPES AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE FLAG IS AN INSCRIPTION DEDICATED TO, "MIKE NOLAN", A VIETNAM VETERAN WHO DIED, "12-24-88" AS A CONSEQUENCE OF EXPOSURE TO AGENT ORANGE.
Text of the handwritten inscription at the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "MIKE NOLAN / NAM VET USAF / DIED 12-24-88 / OF [?] AGENT O"
Item Weight: 5.3g
Item Length: 10.0cm
Item Width: 13.0cm