From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) John Dewey Killen, III. The note is addressed, "Dear John D. Killen III", is signed, "Your Marine Brother, / Allan T Cordera. / SSgt USMC", and reads, "My name is Staff Sergeant Allan T Cordera. / I am in the Marine Corps and I wear your MIA bracelet. / I promise that I will not remove it until you are found and brought home." The artifact was left at The Wall by U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Allan T. Cordera between January - April 1990.
HANDWRITTEN NOTE DEDICATED TO U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) JOHN DEWEY KILLEN III. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ROMAN NUMERALS UPON THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL RUBBING SHEET. THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR JOHN D. KILLEN III", IS SIGNED, "YOUR MARINE BROTHER", IS FROM, "ALLAN T CORDERA / SSGT USMC", AND READS, "MY NAME IS STAFF SERGEANT ALLAN T. CORDERA. / I AM IN THE MARINE CORPS AND I WEAR YOUR MIA BRACELET. / I PROMISE THAT I WILL NOT REMOVE IT UNTIL YOU ARE FOUND AND BROUGHT HOME."
Text of the handwritten and printed inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "Dear John D. Killen III, / My name is Staff Sergeant Allan T Cordera. / I am in the Marine Corps and I wear your MIA bracelet. / I promise that I will not remove it until you are found and brought home. / Your Marine Brother, / Allan T Cordera. / SSgt USMC." / [Obverse object surface, upper, proper left-hand corner, printed quotation] "1959 / IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WHO SERVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR. / THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AND OF THOSE WHO REMAIN MISSING ARE INSCRIBED IN THE ORDER THEY WERE TAKEN FROM US." / [Obverse object surface, lower, proper right-hand corner, printed quotation] "1975 / OUR NATION HONORS THE COURAGE SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION TO DUTY AND COUNTRY OF ITS VIETNAM VETERANS. / THIS MEMORIAL WAS BUILT WITH PRIVATE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. / NOVEMBER 11, 1982"
Item Weight: 2.4g
Item Length: 10.8cm
Item Width: 27.9cm