From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Photocopied, black & white newspaper clipping dedicated to U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Jerry Wayne Poff, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Gerald Richard Hwang, U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Curtis Ray Harris, U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Henry Anthony Chevalier, & U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) William Rolland Godfrey. The photograph caption references a U.S. Army action in Vietnam involving U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Jerry Wayne Poff, while handwritten inscriptions upon the clipping provide information regarding PFC Poff's KIA date and similar information for other related American service members. The artifact was left at The Wall as part of a larger artifact assemblage (VIVE (18876, 9676, & 9678 - 9680)) by U.S. Army Specialist 4 (SP4) Thomas E. Rock on March 6, 1994.
PHOTOCOPIED, BLACK & WHITE NEWSPAPER CLIPPING DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) JERRY WAYNE POFF, U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) GERALD RICHARD HWANG, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) CURTIS RAY HARRIS, U.S. ARMY SPECIALIST 4 (SP4) HENRY ANTHONY CHEVALIER, & U.S. ARMY SERGEANT (SGT) WILLIAM ROLLAND GODFREY. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A PHOTOCOPIED NEWSPAPER CLIPPING PRINTED IN BLACK INK ON PLAIN, WHITE PAPER STOCK AND FEATURING A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION) AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE DEPICTS A YOUNG, AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBER IN FIELD ATTIRE (I.E. M1 HELMET, FIELD JACKET, TROUSERS, ETC.) AND IN PROFILE CARRYING AN M-16 RIFLE AND CROUCHING LOW IN WHAT APPEARS TO BE JUNGLE FOLIAGE IN VIETNAM [?] A CAPTION PRINTED IN BLOCK TEXT/ARABIC NUMERALS BENEATH THE PHOTOGRAPH IDENTIFIES THE SERVICEMAN, HIS UNIT, HOMETOWN, LOCATION WHERE THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN, AND CONTEXT OF THE IMAGE. HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTIONS IN BLUE INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS FROM, "TOM ROCK" AT BOTH THE OBVERSE AND REVERSE SURFACES OF THE CLIPPING SPECIFY THE KIA DATE OF THE SERVICEMAN PICTURED IN THE PHOTOGRAPH, AND PROVIDE TRIBUTES INCLUDING NAMES, KIA DATES, AND VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM) WALL LOCATION INFORMATION FOR OTHER FALLEN AMERICAN SERVICE PERSONNEL. TURNER BOOK, PG. 235. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (18876, 9676, & 9678-9680).
Text of printed caption and handwritten inscriptions upon object is transcribed in full, as follows: [Printed caption] "[illegible] ZING-PFC Jerry Poff, Clara Deland, Fla., keeps low as a sniper's bullet comes near his position. / PFC Poff was on patrol with the 1st Battalion 18th Infantry, north of Di An[illegible] when he encountered sniper fire which was silenced by a helicopter's rocket fire. / (Photo By PFC Sam Hay)" / [Handwritten inscriptions, obverse object surface] "Jerry, Rest in peace buddy Tom Rock / Killed 7-3-69 [reference to PFC Jerry Poff] / K.I.A. July-3-1969 Tom Rock / To my friends: KIA 5-14-69 Gerald Hwang Curtis Harris Henry Chevalier" / [Handwritten inscriptions, reverse object surface] "Henry A. Chevalier 24W 3 / WM R. Godfrey 17W 61 / Curtis Harris 24W 6 / Gerald Hwang 24W 7"
Item Weight: 1.5g
Item Length: 16.5cm
Item Width: 12.0cm