From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
uniform, U.S. Air Force khaki summer issue
Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Ray Edwin Codding and collectively comprising a military issue, U.S. Air Force khaki uniform, summer issue. Representations of the rank insignia for a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel O-5 ((Lt Col) silver oak leaf) as well as the U.S. Air Force Command Pilot Badge are embroidered upon the shirt collar tips and above the shirt left breast pocket, respectively. A handwritten note pinned to the interior collar surface of the shirt identifies the owner of the uniform shirt, "Ray Edwin Codding", his branch of service and rank/grade, "LTC - 05 - Air Force - Regular", his term and dates of military service, "Length of service 26 years / His tour began on Nov 6, 1967", his casualty date, "Oct 21, 1968", and his casualty location, "In DARLAC, SOUTH VIETNAM". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October 2010 - March 2011.
ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT COL) RAY EDWIN CODDING AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. AIR FORCE KHAKI UNIFORM SHIRT AND COMPONENT (B) MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. AIR FORCE KHAKI UNIFORM PANTS. COMPONENT (A) MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. AIR FORCE KHAKI UNIFORM SHIRT, SHORT SLEEVE, SUMMER ISSUE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF COTTON KHAKI FABRIC, FIVE (5) BUTTON CLOSURE FRONT, TWO (2) BREAST POCKETS AT THE PROPER LEFT- AND RIGHT-HAND SIDES WITH SINGLE BUTTON FLAP CLOSURES, AND A COLLARED NECKLINE WITH WIDE LAPEL. EMBROIDERED IN WHITE THREAD UPON THE COLLAR LAPEL AT BOTH THE PROPER LEFT- AND RIGHT-HAND SIDES OF THE SHIRT IS A REPRESENTATION OF THE RANK INSIGNIA FOR A U.S. AIR FORCE LIEUTENANT COLONEL O-5 (LT COL), A SINGLE OAK LEAF. ALSO EMBROIDERED IN WHITE THREAD ABOVE THE OBJECT LEFT BREAST POCKET IS A REPRESENTATION OF WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE U.S. AIR FORCE COMMAND PILOT BADGE (I.E. A SHIELD WITH ITS FIELD SCORED WITH HORIZONTAL LINES AND BEARING THE COAT OF ARMS OF THE UNITED STATES ON AND OVER A PAIR OF DISPLAYED WINGS, WITH A STAR SURROUNDED BY A LAUREL WREATH ADDED ABOVE THE SHIELD TO INDICATE THE DEGREE OF MASTER AVIATION BADGE). (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL). A HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE INTERIOR SURFACE OF THE SHIRT COLLAR READS, "M-CODXX". ADDITIONALLY, A NOTE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IS PINNED TO THE INTERIOR SURFACE OF THE SHIRT JUST BELOW THE COLLAR. THIS NOTE IDENTIFIES THE OWNER OF THE UNIFORM SHIRT, "RAY EDWIN CODDING", HIS BRANCH OF SERVICE AND RANK/GRADE, "LTC - 05 - AIR FORCE - REGULAR", HIS TERM AND DATES OF MILITARY SERVICE, "LENGTH OF SERVICE 26 YEARS / HIS TOUR BEGAN ON NOV 6, 1967", CASUALTY DATE, "OCT 21, 1968", AND CASUALTY LOCATION, "IN DARLAC, SOUTH VIETNAM". COMPONENT (B) MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. AIR FORCE KHAKI UNIFORM PANTS, SIZE (38" X 33"), SUMMER ISSUE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF COTTON KHAKI FABRIC, TWO (2) HIP POCKETS WITHOUT CLOSURES, RAPID ZIPPER AND SINGLE BUTTON FLY CLOSURE, AND TWO (2) POSTERIOR POCKETS (OBJECT LEFT POCKET WITH SINGLE BUTTON CLOSURE, OBJECT RIGHT POCKET WITHOUT CLOSURE). IDENTICAL TO THAT OBSERVED UPON COMPONENT (A), A HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLACK INK ALONG THE INTERIOR SURFACE OF THE PANT WAISTBAND READS, "M-CODXX". THE PANTS ARE VERY STIFF AND APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN STARCHED AND PRESSED PRIOR TO DONATION AT THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM).
Text of the handwritten inscriptions upon COMPONENTS (A & B) as well as of the printed note affixed to COMPONENT (A) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENTS (A & B), interior collar/waistband surfaces, handwritten inscription] "M-CODXX" / [COMPONENT (A), affixed note, printed inscription] "Ray Edwin Codding / LTC - 05 - Air Force - Regular / Length of service 26 years / His tour began on Nov 6, 1967 / Casualty was on Oct 21, 1968 / In DARLAC, SOUTH VIETNAM"
Item Weight: 250.0g (Weight of COMPONENT (A) & affixed printed note only)
Item Length: 81.3cm
Item Width: 55.9cm