From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Handmade poster dedicated to U.S. Navy Lieutenant (LT) Orland James Pender, Jr. The poster bears a photocopied black & white photographic reproduction of LT Pender, Jr. posing for a formal military portrait, as well as a handwritten dedication specifying his military rank, name, Department of Defense (DoD) casualty designation, & casualty date, "CMD. O. Pender, Jr. / MIA: August 17, 1972". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between October - November 1987.
HANDMADE POSTER DEDICATED TO U.S. NAVY LIEUTENANT (LT) ORLAND JAMES PENDER, JR. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF TWO (2) SEPARATE BUT IDENTICAL RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEETS OF WHITE, UNLINED POSTER STOCK AFFIXED TO THE OBVERSE AND REVERSE OBJECT SURFACES OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, BROWN CARDBOARD SUBSTRATE VIA STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE SCOTCH TAPE. BOTH (2) SHEETS, AS WELL AS THE CARDBOARD SUBSTRATE, ARE PRESENTLY ENCASED WITHIN TRANSLUCENT THERMOPLASTIC, WHILE A CIRCULARLY SHAPED HOLE IS PUNCHED AT EACH OF THE FOUR (4) CORNERS OF THE POSTER; PRESUMABLY FOR MOUNTING/DISPLAY OF THE OBJECT. THE POSTER DESIGN IS IDENTICAL AT THE OBVERSE AND REVERSE OBJECT SURFACES AND IS COMPRISED OF A PHOTOCOPIED BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTION (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION) AT THE UPPER TWO-THIRDS (2/3) OF THE SHEET DEPICTING LT PENDER, JR. POSED FOR A FORMAL MILITARY PORTRAIT DRESSED IN HIS MILITARY ISSUE, SERVICE DRESS BLUE (SDB) UNIFORM AND PEAKED CAP WHILE STARING DIRECTLY AT THE VIEWER. THE MILITARY RANK, NAME, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DoD) CASUALTY DESIGNATION, & CASUALTY DATE, "CMD. O. PENDER, JR. / MIA: AUGUST 17, 1972" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IN TWO (2) SEPARATE LINES IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTION.
Text of the handwritten inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "CMD. O. Pender, Jr. / MIA: August 17, 1972" / [Reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "CMD. O. Pender, Jr. / MIA: August 17, 1972"
Item Weight: 100.0g
Item Length: 44.5cm
Item Width: 30.0cm