print, black & white photographic
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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

print, black & white photographic

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 01349

ACCESSION DATE

07/18/1985

ASSOCIATED NAMES ON THE WALL
ITEM SUMMARY

Black & white photographic print and an accompanying handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman, Petty Officer Third Class (HM3) Allen Linn Pierce. Printed and handwritten inscriptions upon the reverse surface of the photo depicting HM3 Pierce specify his military unit information, "ATTACHED TO / BRAVO BTRY. 1st BN 12TH MARS / 1ST PROVINCIAL RIFLE CO.", note his casualty information, "KIA 24 FEB 66", and reference his Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information, "5E Row 74", while the handwritten note records his manner of death as, "KILLED BY .51 CAL VC MACHINE GUN". The artifact was left at Panel 5E of The Wall by an anonymous donor between June - July 1985.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT DEDICATED TO U.S. NAVY HOSPITAL CORPSMAN, PETTY OFFICER THIRD CLASS (HM3) ALLEN LINN PIERCE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION) UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, KODAK BRAND PHOTO PAPER. THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS AN 'IN-COUNTRY' IMAGE CAPTURED IN VIETNAM THAT DEPICTS A YOUNG, CAUCASIAN-AMERICAN SERVICEMAN (HM3 PIERCE). HM3 PIERCE IS DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (E.G. OD GREEN CAP, OG-107 UTILITY SHIRT, OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT TROUSERS, COMBAT BOOTS, ETC.) AND STANDS WITH HANDS ON HIPS WHILE FACING THE CAMERA WITH A QUIZZICAL FACIAL EXPRESSION JUST OUTSIDE THE OPEN FLAP OF AN OD GREEN CANVAS TENT, NEXT TO A GAS CAN AT HIS PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE AND IN FRONT OF A LANDSCAPE CHARACTERIZED BY SANDY SOIL AND LOW SCRUB VEGETATION. AT THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PHOTOGRAPH, THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "5E ROW 74" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. AFFIXED ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT ARE TWO (2) ADHESIVE, WHITE PAPER ADDRESS LABELS BEARING INFORMATION IDENTIFYING THE SUBJECT OF THE PHOTOGRAPH PRINTED AND HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE INFORMATION PRINTED UPON THE FIRST (1ST, UPPER) LABEL READS, "ATTACHED TO / BRAVO BTRY. 1ST BN 12TH MARS / 1ST PROVINCIAL RIFLE CO." THE INFORMATION PRINTED UPON THE SECOND (2ND, LOWER) LABEL READS, "HM 2 AL PIERCE / KIA MARCH APRIL 1966 / CHU LAI VIETNAM". HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THIS SECOND (2ND) LABEL IS THE CASUALTY INFORMATION, "KIA 24 FEB 66". THE PHRASE, "THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK" IS PRINTED IN GRAY INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT REPEATEDLY IN A GRAPHIC MOTIF ACROSS THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. ACCOMPANYING THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT IS A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A GREEN, LINED, THREE INCH (3") X FIVE INCH (5") NOTECARD. THE NOTE IDENTIFIES THE SUBJECT OF THE ACCOMPANYING PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT AS, " "DOC" AL PIERCE / HM2", SPECIFIES HIS CASUALTY INFORMATION AS, "KIA / 24 FEB 66 / CHU LAI VIETNAM", NOTES HIS MILITARY UNIT INFORMATION, "ATTACHED TO / BRAVO 1ST BN 12TH MARINES", AND DESCRIBES HIS MANNER OF DEATH AS, "KILLED BY .51 CAL VC MACHINE GUN". THE HANDWRITTEN NOTE WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED AFFIXED TO THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT VIA STRIPS OF ADHESIVE, BLACK ELECTRICAL TAPE, IN SUCH A MANNER THAT THE NOTE FOLDED OVER ONTO THE SURFACE OF THE PRINT. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES ORIGINALLY PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE COLLECTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY CITATION PERTAINING TO THE ARTIFACT RECORD IS RECORDED AS FOLLOWS: "IMAGE: DISC 2669, #21-22".

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00012

RECORD COPONENT QTY

2

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the printed and handwritten inscriptions upon the photographic print and the handwritten notecard is transcribed in full, as follows: [Photographic print, reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "ATTACHED TO / BRAVO BTRY. 1st BN 12TH MARS / 1ST PROVINCIAL RIFLE CO. / HM 2 AL PIERCE / KIA MARCH APRIL 1966 / CHU LAI VIETNAM" / [Photographic print, reverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "5E Row 74 / KIA 24 FEB 66" / [Handwritten notecard, reverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] " "DOC" AL PIERCE / HM2 / KIA / 24 FEB 66 / CHU LAI VIETNAM / ATTACHED TO / BRAVO 1st BN 12th MARINES / KILLED BY .51 CAL VC MACHINE GUN"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 6.5g (Weight of photographic print only)
Item Length: 17.5cm
Item Width: 12.8cm