tag, commemorative service identification
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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

tag, commemorative service identification

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 05870

ACCESSION DATE

04/23/1990

ITEM SUMMARY

Non-military issue, commemorative service identification tag, also referred to as a, "dog tag", dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Gary James Fuqua. The military rank, branch of military service, name, date of birth, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation/date, & hometown of record, "SP4 AR FUQUA, / GARY J. / DOB 18 OCT 50 / KIA 16 MAR 71 / SOUTH FORK" are stamped upon the obverse surface of the tag. The artifact was left at The Wall along with four (4) other non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags (VIVE (5866 - 5869)), a wooden Christian cross (VIVE (34838)), & a printed note (VIVE (35315)) by a donor identified only as, "WYOMING BROTHER" between January - April 1990.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAG, ALSO REFERRED TO AS A, "DOG TAG", DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) GARY JAMES FUQUA. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, SILVER COLORED METAL DISK WITH ROUNDED CORNERS, A CRIMPED EDGE, AND ONE (1) HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE MILITARY RANK, BRANCH OF MILITARY SERVICE, NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) CASUALTY DESIGNATION/DATE, & HOMETOWN OF RECORD, "SP4 AR FUQUA, / GARY J. / DOB 18 OCT 50 / KIA 16 MAR 71 / SOUTH FORK" ARE STAMPED INTO THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN RECESSED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE DOG TAG IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO A SHORT LOOP OF METAL BALL CHAIN STRUNG THROUGH THE HOLE PUNCHED AT THE CENTER OF THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, ALONG WITH ONE (1) OTHER ASSOCIATED NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAG (VIVE (5869)) AND WHICH IS CONNECTED TO OTHER METAL BALL CHAINS BEARING THE REMAINING ASSOCIATED NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE IDENTIFICATION TAGS (VIVE (5866 - 5868)). THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (5866 - 5869, 34838, & 35315).

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00071

RECORD COPONENT QTY

8

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the stamped inscription upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, stamped inscription] "SP4 AR FUQUA, / GARY J. / DOB 18 OCT 50 / KIA 16 MAR 71 / SOUTH FORK"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 28.9g (Collective weight of VIVE (5866 - 5870) & ball chains)
Item Length: 2.8cm
Item Width: 5.0cm
Item Depth: 0.1cm (Thickness)