drawings, artwork
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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

drawings, artwork

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 16984

ACCESSION DATE

11/24/1987

ASSOCIATED NAMES ON THE WALL
ITEM SUMMARY

Three (3) artwork drawings dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) James Patrick Riggins. Two (2) of the drawings depict Vietnam-era American servicemen in the field, while the third (3rd) appears to be a profile portrait of SGT Riggins himself. A dedication handwritten upon the obverse surface of one of the drawings reads, "We Will never Forget You! / Los Fresnos Texas", while another drawing bears the title, "The nightmare". The artifacts were left at The Wall by anonymous donors between October - November 1987.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

THREE (3) ARTWORK DRAWINGS DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SERGEANT (SGT) JAMES PATRICK RIGGINS. THE FIRST (1ST) OBJECT CONSISTS OF A DRAWING EXECUTED IN RED INK IN A POINTILLISM STYLE UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF OFF-WHITE, UNLINED, SPIRAL NOTEPAD DRAWING PAPER. AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE FOREGROUND, THE DRAWING DEPICTS A SQUAD OF FIVE (5) AMERICAN SERVICEMEN DRESSED IN VIETNAM-ERA, MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (E.G. M1 COMBAT HELMETS, OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT COATS & TROUSERS, INDIVIDUAL LOAD-CARRYING EQUIPMENT (ILCE), ETC.), WHILE MOVING IN A SINGLE FILE LINE IN FRONT OF A LINE OF DISTANT MOUNTAINS IN THE BACKGROUND AND A BELL UH-1 HUEY HELICOPTER IN FLIGHT OVERHEAD. AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE FOREGROUND, THE DRAWING DEPICTS A LONE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SERVICEMAN (PRESUMABLY SGT RIGGINS [?]) DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE AND STARING DIRECTLY AT THE VIEWER. THE NAME, "JAMES P RIGGINS" IS HANDWRITTEN IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE DRAWING, ALONG WITH THE DEDICATORY PHRASE, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU! / LOS FRESNOS TEXAS." THE SECOND (2ND) OBJECT CONSISTS OF A DRAWING EXECUTED IN BLACK INK IN A POINTILLISM STYLE UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE POSTER BOARD. THE POSTER BOARD IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A CUT SHEET OF TEXTURED, GREEN MAT BOARD (SO AS TO CREATE A VIEWING WINDOW FOR THE DRAWING AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE), VIA NUMEROUS STRIPS OF ADHESIVE MASKING TAPE. THE DRAWING DEPICTS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN SERVICEMAN (MOST LIKELY SGT RIGGINS [?]) IN PROFILE AND FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE, WHILE WEARING AN M1 COMBAT HELMET (WITH INSECT REPELLANT INSIDE THE HELMET BAND) AND SMOKING A CIGARETTE. THE NUMERIC PHRASE, "1825" IS HANDWRITTEN IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE THIRD (3RD) OBJECT CONSISTS OF A DRAWING EXECUTED IN BLACK INK IN A POINTILLISM STYLE UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF RED POSTER BOARD. THE DRAWING DEPICTS A GROUP OF FIVE (5) ARMED AMERICAN SERVICEMEN DRESSED IN VIETNAM-ERA, MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE. THE MEN ARE PICTURED LEANING OVER A WOUNDED COMRADE, WHO LIES PRONE UPON THE GROUND, IN VARIOUS STAGES OF TENDING TO HIS INJURIES. THE PHRASE, "CONG CUTTER" IS EXECUTED IN BLACK INK AND POINTILLIST SCRIPT UPON THE OBJECT LEFT SIDE OF THE M1 HELMET OF THE FIGURE AT THE EXTREME PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE DRAWING. THE ARTIST'S INITIALS, "GK" ARE EXECUTED IN BLACK INK AND POINTILLIST, BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE THE ARTWORK'S TITLE, "THE NIGHTMARE" IS HANDWRITTEN IN GRAPHITE PENCIL AND BLOCK SCRIPT.

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00046

RECORD COPONENT QTY

3

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the handwritten & hand-drawn inscriptions upon the various object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Red ink drawing, obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "James P RIGGINS / We Will never Forget You! / Los Fresnos Texas." / [Matted drawing, reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "1825" / [Red poster board drawing obverse object surface, hand-drawn inscriptions] "CONG CUTTER / GK"/ [Red poster board drawing, reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "The nightmare"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 7.2g (Weight of red ink drawing only)
Item Length: 22.8cm
Item Width: 30.5cm