From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Commemorative medal. The obverse surface of the medal bears a raised relief design depicting a Bell UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" helicopter in flight in addition to the inscriptions, "VIETNAM / VETERAN / "I SERVED MY COUNTRY" ", while the reverse surface bears the inscription, " "THANK YOU" / FRANK BIANCO / ROCHESTER, MICH." The artifact was left at The Wall along with three (3) associated non-military issue, commemorative service identification tags, also referred to as "dog tags", (VIVE (6893 - 6895)) by Frank Bianco between October - November 1987.
COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A CIRCULARLY SHAPED, GOLD COLORED POLY-PLASTIC DISK BEARING A RAISED RELIEF DESIGN EXECUTED AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE WHICH FEATURES A U.S. MILITARY, BELL UH-1 IROQUOIS "HUEY" HELICOPTER IN FLIGHT BENEATH A CURVED ARCH, AS WELL AS A LAUREL LEAF MOTIF ALONG THE EXTERIOR PERIMETER EDGE. THE QUOTATION, " "I SERVED MY COUNTRY" " IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, BLOCK SCRIPT IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE HUEY HELICOPTER DESIGN AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE PHRASE, "VIETNAM" IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE UPPER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING PHRASE, "VETERAN" IS SIMILARLY EXECUTED IN RAISE, ARCHED BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE LOWER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE PHRASE, " "THANK YOU" / FRANK BIANCO / ROCHESTER, MICH." IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, BLOCK SCRIPT IN THREE (3) SEPARATE LINES UPON THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL IS PRESENTLY SUSPENDED FROM A RED, WHITE, & BLUE STRIPED NYLON RIBBON VIA TWO (2) CIRCULARLY SHAPED, BRASS METAL RINGS AT THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (6893, 6894, & 6895).
Text of the raised lettering inscriptions upon the obverse & reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, raised lettering inscription] "VIETNAM / VETERAN / "I SERVED MY COUNTRY" " / [Reverse object surface, raised lettering inscription] " "THANK YOU" / FRANK BIANCO / ROCHESTER, MICH."
Item Weight: 27.7g
Item Length: 48.0cm
Item Width: 8.5cm