poem, handwritten framed
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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

poem, handwritten framed

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 09827

ACCESSION DATE

06/27/1994

ITEM SUMMARY

Handwritten, framed poem and two (2) color photographic prints dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Donald William Allen, Jr., U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Harlan Merdean Craft, U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Gary Leslie Moore, U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Jerry Owen Young, U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Jerry Lee Ewing, U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Gregory Walter McFadden, U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Walter Albert Owens, and U.S. Army First Lieutenant (1LT) Byron Kent Kulland. The poem is authored by, "T. ADAMS [...] WANTAGH, NY", speaks of the author's awareness and appreciation of the natural world in a time of peace and after death, and is dedicated to those members of the U.S. Army, "AMERICAL DIV. / 198TH INF BDE / 1ST Platoon" who were killed in action in, "MARCH of 1968 / S/W of Chu Lai / NEAR LZ BUFF". Handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse surfaces provide Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information for each of the listed honorees. The artifact was left at The Wall by U.S. Army and Vietnam veteran T. Adams in June 1994.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

HANDWRITTEN, FRAMED POEM DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) DONALD WILLIAM ALLEN JR, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) HARLAN MERDEAN CRAFT, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) GARY LESLIE MOORE, U.S. ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) JERRY OWEN YOUNG, U.S. ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) JERRY LEE EWING, U.S. ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) GREGORY WALTER MCFADDEN, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) WALTER ALBERT OWENS, AND U.S. ARMY FIRST LIEUTENANT (1LT) BYRON KENT KULLAND. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A HANDWRITTEN POEM COMPOSED IN BLACK MARKER AND CALLIGRAPHIC SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER WHICH HAS BEEN MOUNTED ATOP A BLUE PAPER BACKING AND HOUSED INSIDE A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, CLEAR PLEXIGLAS AND BLACK PLASTIC PICTURE FRAME. THE POEM CONSISTS OF TWELVE (12) TOTAL LINES, IS AUTHORED BY, "T. ADAMS / WANTAGH, NY", SPEAKS OF THE AUTHOR'S AWARENESS AND APPRECIATION OF THE NATURAL WORLD IN A TIME OF PEACE, AND IS DEDICATED TO THOSE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. ARMY, "AMERICAL DIV. / 198TH INF BDE / 1ST PLATOON, ONE-TWO TANGO CHARLIE" WHO WERE KILLED IN ACTION IN, "MARCH OF 1968 / S/W OF CHU LAI / NEAR LZ BUFF". AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POEM, FIVE (5) OF THE SERVICE MEMBERS TO WHOM THE POEM IS DEDICATED ARE LISTED ALONG WITH THEIR VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION. ALSO HOUSED WITH THE POEM AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE FRAME ARE TWO (2) FULL COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) AT EACH OF THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND AND LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNERS, RESPECTIVELY. THE IMAGE IN THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER FEATURES A LEAN-TO WOODEN STRUCTURE TOPPED BY A CORRUGATED IRON ROOF WITH ANTENNAE AND BEARING MULTIPLE PAPER NOTICES TACKED TO THE INTERIOR WALLS. A SIGN AFFIXED TO THE OBVERSE SURFACE OF THE STRUCTURE READS (IN PART), "TROOP 'H' / 17TH CAVALRY", WHILE THE HEAD OF A YOUNG, CAUCASIAN MALE IS VISIBLE AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE FOREGROUND. THE IMAGE IN THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER FEATURES A MILITARY VEHICLE ON ITS SIDE, DESTROYED BY EXPLOSION AND FIRE, BURNING ALONGSIDE A ROAD RUNNING THROUGH AN OPEN FIELD WITH A TREELINE VISIBLE IN THE DISTANT BACKGROUND. AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE ACTION WHICH PROMPTED THE DONATION/DEDICATION OF THE POEM AND A DESCRIPTION OF ONE (1) OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE PARTICLE BOARD FRAME BACKING AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER. AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE PARTICLE BOARD FRAME BACKING (REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE) THREE (3) ADDITIONAL SERVICE MEMBERS TO WHOM THE OBJECT IS DEDICATED ARE LISTED ALONG WITH THEIR VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION AND A KEY PERTAINING TO POW*MIA STATUS. TWO (2) METAL HOOKS FOR HANGING/DISPLAY OF THE FRAME ARE AFFIXED TO THE UPPER, CENTER AND CENTER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THREE (3) FLAGS (TWO (2) UNITED STATES NATIONAL AND ONE (1) POW*MIA NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL) WERE ORIGINALLY AFFIXED TO THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THESE NOTATIONS INDICATED THAT THE FLAGS WERE BECOMING LOOSE AT THE TIME OF CATALOGING, ALTHOUGH ALL THREE (3) FLAGS ARE NOW DISJOINED AND COMPLETELY DISSOCIATED FROM THE OBJECT.

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00130

RECORD COPONENT QTY

1

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "I am now aware of the / sky / I can see stars I never / knew / And clouds whose might / And changing shapes / bring me comfort. / Another day I'll walk / Beneath a more familiar, / more peaceful sky, / I'll look up / And appreciate it all the more. / Donald Allen 36E L 64 / Harlin Craft 29W L 18 / Gary "Doc" Moore 29W L 21 / Jerry Young 29W L 26 / Jerry Ewing 29W L 98 / One two Tango Charlie" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "MARCH of 1968 / S/W of Chu Lai / NEAR LZ BUFF / AMERICAL DIV. / 198TH INF BDE / 1ST Platoon / One-zero track after being pulled back on side (upside down) / hit anti tank mine / by / T. ADAMS ONE-TWO TANGO CHARLIE / WANTAGH, NY / SPECIAL NOTE: / Gregory Mcfadden 29E - 42 / Walter Onens 31E - 30 / *Byron Kulland 2W - 11 / *POW/MIA"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 1050.0g
Item Length: 51.0cm
Item Width: 41.0cm
Item Depth: 0.75cm (Thickness)