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

poem, printed

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 16466

ACCESSION DATE

11/24/1987

ITEM SUMMARY

Printed poem dedicated to U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Gerald Joseph Clarkson, U.S Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) James Edward Glegg, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Patrick Lee De Water, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) William Edward Fishback, & U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class (PFC) Modesto Valdez. The poem is entitled, "Vietnam: NO SURVIVORS", is authored by, "David J. Maloney / 3RD MAR DIV ALPHA 1/3 / 1968", and reads (in part), "There are no survivors from / a useless war. / Only memories of men / That were once before." The artifact was left at Panels W43 and W44 of The Wall by U.S. Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran David J. "Doc" Maloney between October - November 1987.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

PRINTED POEM DEDICATED TO U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) GERALD JOSEPH CLARKSON, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) JAMES EDWARD GLEGG, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) PATRICK LEE DE WATER, U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) WILLIAM EDWARD FISHBACK, & U.S. MARINE CORPS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) MODESTO VALDEZ. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A POEM PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER. THE POEM IS ENTITLED, "VIETNAM: NO SURVIVORS", IS AUTHORED BY, "DAVID J. MALONEY / "DOC" / 3RD MAR DIV ALPHA 1/3 / 1968", AND IS COMPRISED OF FIVE (5) STANZAS AND EIGHTEEN (18) TOTAL LINES, ARRANGED 4-4-4-4-2. IN CONTENT, THE FIRST (1ST) STANZA OF THE POEM OPENS WITH THE AUTHOR NOTING THAT HIS EXPERIENCE IN VIETNAM STRIPPED AWAY HIS SANITY AND LEFT HIM ONLY WITH SHAME, A SHAME HE DESCRIBES IN THE SECOND (2ND) STANZA AS, "A BLANKET THAT WOULD NOT COVER / MY FACE. / SO THAT THE WORLD MIGHT SHARE / IN MY DISGRACE." IN THE THIRD (3RD) STANZA, THE AUTHOR SPEAKS OF HIS "PERPETUAL TEARS" IN REACTION TO "DEAD MENS [sic] / CRIES", WHILE HE FLATLY STATES IN THE FOURTH (4TH) STANZA THAT, "THERE ARE NO SURVIVORS FROM / A USELESS WAR." THE FIFTH (5TH) AND FINAL STANZA VOICES THE CONCLUSION THAT WHAT REMAINS OF MILITARY SERVICE DURING THE VIETNAM WAR ARE, "ONLY MEMORIES OF MEN / THAT WERE ONCE BEFORE." AN INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN BY THE AUTHOR IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER & CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE DEDICATES THE POEM, "TO MY GUN TEAM", WHILE SPECIFYING THE LAST NAMES AND VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION FOR THESE TEAM MEMBERS, "CLARKSON / GLEGG / DE WATER / FISHBACK / 44W / VALDEZ / 43W". A SECOND (2ND) INSCRIPTION HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS BELOW THE AUTHOR'S PRINTED NAME AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE SPECIFIES THE AUTHOR'S MILITARY NICKNAME, MILITARY UNIT, & YEAR OF MILITARY SERVICE, " "DOC" / 3RD MAR DIV ALPHA 1/3 / 1968". THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (16450 & 16467).

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00046

RECORD COPONENT QTY

1

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the printed & handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, printed inscription] "Vietnam: NO SURVIVORS / I was stripped of all my sanity / The day the war began for me. / Left naked, with only shame / as my blanket. / A blanket that would not cover / my face. / So that the world might share / in my disgrace. / Perpetual tears flow from these / eyes. / For only I can hear the dead mens [sic] / cries. / Look at me, deep in my eyes / Into my soul and realize / There are no survivors from / a useless war. / Only memories of men / That were once before. / David J. Maloney" / [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "TO MY GUN TEAM / CLARKSON / GLEGG / DE WATER / FISHBACK / 44W / VALDEZ / 43W / "DOC" / 3RD MAR DIV ALPHA 1/3 / 1968"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 4.6g
Item Length: 27.8cm
Item Width: 21.5cm