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CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 16598

ACCESSION DATE

04/07/1988

ASSOCIATED NAMES ON THE WALL
ITEM SUMMARY

Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Raymond Thomas Heyne and consisting of a handwritten letter & a letter envelope. Postal stamps upon the obverse surface of the envelope indicate that the letter was, "RETURNED TO SENDER [...] Unclaimed", as a consequence of LCpl Heyne's death in Vietnam. The letter is addressed, "Dear Butch [LCpl Heyne]", is signed, "Bye now - Happy Easter Butch / Love - Faye [?]", is dated, "April 8, 1968", and in content provides LCpl Heyne with an update regarding the welfare of his family, a project to build a cabin & access road, and travel plans pertaining to the upcoming Easter holiday. The artifact assemblage was left at Panel 57E of The Wall by a donor identified only as, "Faye [?]" in April 1988.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) RAYMOND THOMAS HEYNE AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) HANDWRITTEN LETTER AND COMPONENT (B) LETTER ENVELOPE. COMPONENT (A) HANDWRITTEN LETTER. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A LETTER HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THREE (3) RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEETS OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER. THE LETTER IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR BUTCH", IS SIGNED, "BYE NOW - HAPPY EASTER BUTCH / LOVE - FAYE [?]", IS DATED, "APRIL 8, 1968 / MONDAY NIGHT", AND OPENS WITH THE LINES, "IT WAS NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU TODAY - AND I'M GLAD YOUR MAIL COMES THROUGH GOOD. / I THINK WE GET ALL YOUR LETTERS, SO FAR AS I CAN TELL." IN CONTENT, THE AUTHOR OF THE LETTER BEGINS BY COMPLIMENTING LCPL HEYNE ON THE, "[...] PRETTY GOOD BALLAD THOSE BOYS WROTE ABOUT BATTERY D", BUT FOLLOWS HER COMPLIMENT BY EXPRESSING THE HOPE THAT ALL REMAINS QUIET AND THAT THEY WILL HAVE LITTLE TO WRITE SONGS ABOUT IN THE FUTURE. THE AUTHOR THEN TURNS HER FOCUS TO THE WEATHER, SURMISING THAT, "ALL THAT HEAT IS HARD ON A NORTH WOODS BOY", WISHES LCPL HEYNE A SPEEDY RECOVERY FROM A RECENT COLD, AND ASSURES HIM THAT EVERYONE IS HEALTHY AT HOME. THE AUTHOR THEN PROCEEDS TO DESCRIBE PLANS FOR TRAVELING "UP NORTH" PRIOR TO THE EASTER HOLIDAY WEEKEND, RECOUNTS IN DETAIL THE DIFFICULTIES PRESENTED BY TRAVELING WITH AN INFANT CHILD AND A DOG, AND REFERENCES A RECENT SOCIAL OUTING WITH, "SONYA & RAY". IN REFERRING TO THIS SOCIAL OUTING THE AUTHOR POINTEDLY CHARACTERIZES THE EFFECT OF LCPL HEYNE'S ABSENCE BY STATING THAT, "[WE] HAD A NICE DINNER & A PRETTY GOOD TIME - BUT NOT TOO GOOD A TIME. / JUST NICE. / WE THOUGHT & SPOKE OF YOU OF COURSE", AND ASSURES LCPL HEYNE THAT THE GROUP IS, "STILL SAVING THE SOUTHERN COMFORT FOR THE REUNION OF THE GUNG HO MARINES." THE AUTHOR BEGINS THE FINAL PAGE OF HER LETTER BY DISCUSSING A VISIT TO SONYA & RAY'S RECENTLY PURCHASED PARCEL OF LAND, AS WELL AS HER OWN DELAYED PLANS FOR BUILDING A CABIN AND OBTAINING THE REQUISITE PERMITS TO CONSTRUCT AN ACCESS ROAD IN AN UNSPECIFIED AREA UP NORTH, AND NOTES WITH FRUSTRATION THAT, "YOU HAVE TO NAG THE OFFICIAL YOU KNOW, TO GET THEM TO DO ANYTHING." THE AUTHOR THEN CONCLUDES HER LETTER BY ONCE AGAIN REFERRING TO THE WEATHER IN THE LINES, "THE WEATHER IS COOL & HAVE HAD RAIN LATELY. / EVEN SNOW ONE DAY. / BUT, SPRING OUGHT TO WARM UP AGAIN PRETTY SOON. / IT'S A NICE TIME OF YEAR". THE HANDWRITTEN LETTER WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED FOLDED INTO SIXTHS (1/6) AND HOUSED INSIDE COMPONENT (B). COMPONENT (B) LETTER ENVELOPE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED ENVELOPE COMPRISED OF PLAIN WHITE PAPER WITH A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, ADHESIVE CLOSURE FLAP AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY SECURED WITH A STRIP OF ADHESIVE MASKING TAPE. AN ADDRESS BLOC HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE/BLOCK SCRIPT & ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE ENVELOPE DIRECTS THE ENCLOSED LETTER TO, "L/CPL R. T. HEYNE 2260312 / D BTRY 2ND BN. 27TH MARINES / 1ST MARINE DIVISION FMF / FPO SAN FRANCISCO 96602". THIS ADDRESS HAS SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN CROSSED OUT BY HAND IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLUE INK. A RETURN ADDRESS BLOC AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE LETTER ENVELOPE IDENTIFIES THE SENDER'S ADDRESS AS, "2508 JAMES DR / ST PAUL MINN 55119". BELOW AND TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE RETURN ADDRESS BLOC THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "57E" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE LETTER ENVELOPE IS A POSTAL STAMP EXECUTED IN PURPLE INK AND COMPRISED OF A GRAPHIC OF A HUMAN RIGHT HAND, INDEX FINGER POINTED, BEARING THE PHRASE, "RETURNED TO SENDER" EXECUTED INSIDE THE HAND IN ARCHED, BLOCK, PURPLE SCRIPT. THE REMAINDER OF THIS POSTAL STAMP CONSISTS OF THE PHRASE, "REASON CHECKED" AND SIX (6) SEPARATE LINES READING, "UNCLAIMED______ REFUSED______ / ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN______ / INSUFFICIENT ADDRESS______ / NO SUCH STREET___ NUMBER___ / NO SUCH OFFICE IN STATE______ / DO NOT RE-MAIL IN THIS ENVELOPE" STAMPED IN PURPLE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT. THE LINE NEXT TO THE PHRASE, "UNCLAIMED" IS CHECKED BY HAND IN BLUE INK. TO THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THIS POSTAL STAMP IS ANOTHER POSTAL STAMP READING, "POSTAGE DUE. CENTS" EXECUTED IN PURPLE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT. AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE LETTER ENVELOPE IS A THIRD (3RD) POSTAL STAMP COMPRISED OF A BLACK CIRCLE BEARING THE PHRASES, "SAINT PAUL / MINN." EXECUTED IN ARCHED, BLOCK, BLACK SCRIPT ALONG THE UPPER AND LOWER EDGES, RESPECTIVELY. AT THE CENTER OF THIS POSTAL STAMP, THE PHRASES, "APR 9 / PM / 1968" ARE EXECUTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. AFFIXED TO THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE LETTER ENVELOPE ARE TWO (2) POSTAGE STAMPS. THE POSTAGE STAMP AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, WHITE BACKGROUND FIELD WITH SERRATED EDGES BEARING A PROFILE, BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC LIKENESS (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION) DEPICTING THIRTY-SECOND (32ND) UNITED STATES PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE. THE PHRASE, "6C" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THIS STAMP, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING PHRASE, "FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT / U.S. POSTAGE" IS PRINTED IN VERTICALLY-ORIENTED, BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGE OF THE POSTAGE STAMP. THE POSTAGE STAMP AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, RED BACKGROUND FIELD WITH SERRATED EDGES BEARING GRAPHIC REPRESENTATIONS OF A COMMERCIAL JET AIRLINER AND THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL DOME EXECUTED IN WHITE. THE PHRASES, "8C / U.S. AIR MAIL" ARE EXECUTED IN RED INK (TRIMMED IN WHITE) AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THIS POSTAGE STAMP. A FOURTH (4TH) POSTAL STAMP IS EXECUTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT OVER THE TOP OF THE TWO (2) AFFIXED POSTAGE STAMPS AND CONSISTS OF A RECTANGLE BEARING THE PHRASE, "MENTAL HEALTH FUND" EXECUTED AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF A GRAPHIC DEPICTION OF A RINGING BELL. UPON THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE LETTER ENVELOPE IS A POSTAL STAMP READING, "13 APR 1968" WHICH IS EXECUTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. TWO (2) ADDITIONAL POSTAL STAMPS AT THE LOWER, CENTER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE LETTER ENVELOPE EACH READ, "JUL 23 1968" IN PURPLE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. A SET OF INITIALS HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT OVER THE TOP OF THESE TWO (2) POSTAL STAMPS IS ILLEGIBLE. YET ANOTHER POSTAL STAMP EXECUTED IN PURPLE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND, CENTER AREA OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE LETTER ENVELOPE READS, "DIRECTOR SERVICE / III MARINE / AMPHIBIOUS FORCE / REC'D:______ / FWD:______ / [illegible]:______ / MAY 2 19[illegible/incomplete]" A FINAL INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE LETTER ENVELOPE READS, "N/R / 2-27 / W". COMPONENT (A) WAS ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED FOLDED INTO SIXTHS (1/6) AND HOUSED INSIDE THE LETTER ENVELOPE. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S NOTE ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE ARTIFACT READ, "12/218 W/45 RPM RECORD".

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00049

RECORD COPONENT QTY

4

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the handwritten, printed, & stamped inscriptions upon the various object surfaces of COMPONENTS (A & B) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), page 1, obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "April 8, 1968 / Monday night / Dear Butch - / It was nice to hear from you today - and I'm glad your mail comes through good. / I think we get all your letters - as far as I can tell. / That's a pretty good ballad those boys wrote about Battery D. / I hope they won't have any more inspiration for any other ballads, though, if you know what I mean. / In other words I hope things stay pretty quiet. / I'm sure it seems plenty hot already - hope it isn't much hotter in summer. / All that heat is hard on a North Woods boy - right? / Also hope you got over your cold o.k. / We're pretty healthy here. / Maybe we'll be up North when you read this. / We might go up (pretty sure) Thursday morning & come back by Saturday night so the Easter bunny can come to our own house. / Also - it's tough to pack church clothes - I'd rather have to travel only in slacks. / Trips don't seem so awful [...]" / [COMPONENT (A), page 2, obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "[...] when I take a box of disposable diapers. / My job is something like your new duty - keeping track of supplies. / Only my supplies involve underwear & socks & canned milk & diapers & baby food. / And for Heavens sake, I'm afraid Jasper must go with us - I don't think I have nerve enough to ask anyone to take care of him. / I'll have to take dog food (which he doesn't like unless it's smothered in gravy). / We gave him a bath with Dial (don't you wish everybody used Dial!) - and it didn't help much. / He still smells like a dog. / But at least he likes baths pretty well. / We went out with Sonya & Ray Saturday night & had a nice dinner & a pretty good time - but not too good a time. / Just nice. / We thought & spoke of you of course. / Still saving the Southern Comfort for the Reunion of Gung Ho Marines. / We drove out to see Sonya & Ray's land where they plan to build their house. / So sure is a pretty spot & I'm sure they'll like [...]" / [COMPONENT (A), page 3, obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "[...] it there. / They have to decide on a plan & they would like to start it by fall. / We'd like to at least get our road graded in for the cabin. / Have to get state highway approval & put in a culvert - then maybe later on we can get a start on the cabin. / It would be nice to have a roughed in building this year yet but we'll see how we do. / If the darn road was put in last fall we wouldn't have problems now. / You have to nag the official you know, to get them to do anything. / It will be cool & wet up there I suppose. / Mostly we'll visit relatives & see about the road. / You would have thought we were goofy - out at Sonya & Ray's land at about 1 a.m. & drinking Gallians [?], Sat nite - Sun Am. / The weather is cool & have had rain lately. / Even snow one day. / But - spring ought to warm up again pretty soon. / It's a nice time of year - Bye now - Happy Easter Butch / Love - Faye [?]" / [COMPONENT (B), obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "2508 James Dr / St Paul Minn 55119 / 57E / L/Cpl R. T. Heyne / 2260312 / D Btry 2nd Bn. 27th Marines / 1st Marine Division FMF / FPO San Francisco 96602" / [COMPONENT (B), obverse object surface, stamped inscriptions] "RETURNED TO SENDER / REASON CHECKED / UNCLAIMED______ REFUSED______ / ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN______ / INSUFFICIENT ADDRESS______ / NO SUCH STREET___ NUMBER___ / NO SUCH OFFICE IN STATE______ / DO NOT RE-MAIL IN THIS ENVELOPE / POSTAGE DUE CENTS / SAINT PAUL / APR 9 / PM / 1968 / MINN. / MENTAL HEALTH FUND" / [COMPONENT (B), obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "6c / FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT / U.S. PRESIDENT / 8c / U.S. AIR MAIL" / [COMPONENT (B), reverse object surface, stamped inscriptions] "13 APR 1968 / DIRECTOR SERVICE / III MARINE / AMPHIBIOUS FORCE / REC'D:______ / FWD:______ / [illegible]:______ / MAY 2 19[illegible/incomplete] / JUL 23 1968 / JULY 23 1968" / [COMPONENT (B), reverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "N/R / 2-27 / W"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 10.5g (Weight of all 3 sheets comprising COMPONENT (A) only)
Item Length: 27.6cm
Item Width: 21.3cm

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT ON assemblage
POSTED ON 4.13.2020
POSTED BY: John Burley
Thank You Veterans,
You lived, struggled, and died in a circumstance of extremes: The Hottest-The coldest-The wettest, The most Arid, The most humid, dangerous, ...stressful, lonely, and demanding existence; and yet, though neglected, humiliated, wounded, thirsty, unfed, and torn; you stand tall, uncomplaining and strong... and press on. You have shown and pledged your sacred honor and life for your Country and fellow soldier. Your commitment and valor in that special code of honor will never be truly understood except by fellow soldiers, but it will also never, ever, be forgotten by all true Americans. Thank you for our freedom, for American strength and for your courage ...and thank you Vet families for the hardship and sorrows you suffered.
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