note, handwritten
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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

note, handwritten

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 38713

ACCESSION DATE

11/24/1987

ITEM SUMMARY

Handwritten note with an affixed non-military issue, commemorative U.S. Marine Corps lapel pin. The handwritten note bears the name of the artifact donor, "Albert C. Hernandez" and the directive phrase, "TAKE TO THE WALL", as well as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) Wall location information, "18W / 20". The artifact was left at Panel W18 of The Wall by Albert C. Hernandez between October - November 1987.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A WHITE, LINED, THREE INCH BY FIVE INCH (3" X 5") NOTE CARD. THE NOTE SPECIFIES THE DONOR NAME AND PHYSICAL ADDRESS, "ALBERT C. HERNANDEZ / [address redacted]", IN ADDITION TO THE DIRECTIVE PHRASE, "TAKE TO THE WALL". THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION, "18W / 20" IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND VERTICALLY-ORIENTED BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE NOTE CARD. AFFIXED TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE NOTE CARD, VIA A SINGLE CLUTCHBACK AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, IS A NON-MILITARY ISSUE, COMMEMORATIVE U.S. MARINE CORPS LAPEL PIN. THE LAPEL PIN IS COMPRISED OF GOLD COLORED METAL AND RED & BLACK ENAMEL IN THE FORM OF AN OVOID SHAPED RED FIELD TRIMMED IN GOLD, WITH A GOLD, TRIPARTITE SCROLL ALONG THE UPPER EDGE BEARING THE INSCRIPTION, "UNITED / MARINES / STATES" EXECUTED IN BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT AND A SIMILAR GOLD, TRIPARTITE SCROLL ALONG THE LOWER EDGE BEARING THE INSCRIPTION, "AIR / LAND / SEA" EXECUTED IN BLACK, BLOCK SCRIPT. THE CENTER OF THE RED FIELD IS CHARGED WITH A REPRESENTATION OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS EMBLEM (I.E. A GLOBE ILLUSTRATING THE CONTINENTS OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE INTERSECTED BY A FOULED ANCHOR, AND SURMOUNTED BY AN AMERICAN EAGLE WITH WINGS SPREAD, FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE, AND CARRYING A STREAMER IN ITS BEAK) EXECUTED IN GOLD.

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00046

RECORD COPONENT QTY

2

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the handwritten & block lettering inscriptions upon the note card and affixed lapel pin is transcribed in full, as follows: [Note card, obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "Albert C. Hernandez / [address redacted] / TAKE TO THE WALL" / [Note card, reverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "18W / 20" / [Lapel pin, obverse object surface, block lettering inscriptions] "UNITED / MARINES / STATES / AIR / LAND / SEA"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 5.3g (Collective weight of handwritten note card & affixed lapel pin)
Item Length: 7.5cm
Item Width: 12.6cm