From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
patch, commemorative Vietnam Service Medal
Non-military issue, commemorative Vietnam Service Medal patch, subdued, dedicated to U.S. Navy Captain (CAPT) James Reginald Bauder. The patch bears an embroidered representation of the design at the obverse surface of the Vietnam Service Medal (i.e. an oriental dragon behind a grove of bamboo trees above the inscription, "REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM [_ _ _ _]ICE". The artifact was left at The Wall along with a handwritten note (VIVE (10897)), 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.
NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL PATCH, SUBDUED. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF AN OD GREEN AND BLACK FABRIC PATCH IN THE FORM OF AN OD GREEN, CIRCULARLY SHAPED DISC WITH AN EMBROIDERED BLACK BORDER. AT THE CENTER OF THE DISC IS AN EMBROIDERED BLACK REPRESENTATION OF THE DESIGN AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL (I.E. AN ORIENTAL DRAGON BEHIND A GROVE OF BAMBOO TREES ABOVE THE INSCRIPTION, "REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM SERVICE"). A LENGTH OF LOOSE, BLACK THREAD (APPROX. 7.0CM), ALSO REFERRED TO AS A, "PIGTAIL", IS OBSERVED ISSUING FROM THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE AND IS AFFIXED TO THAT SURFACE VIA A SEGMENT OF ADHESIVE MASKING TAPE. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED, AND WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED, WITH VIVE (10897, 10899, & 10900).
Text of the embroidered inscription at the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM [_ _ _ _]ICE"
Item Weight: 3.9g
Item Depth: 7.75cm (Diameter) / 24.3cm (Circumference) / 0.25cm (Thickness)