From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
print, black & white photographic
Black & white photographic print taken 'in-country' in Vietnam [?] and featuring a young, caucasian American service member standing on a busy Vietnamese street. A handwritten note at the reverse surface of the photo identifies the unit assignment and year of service as, "Delta '71", and informs the subject that, "Your face haunts me and the name is gone". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous donor between September - November 1989.
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION) UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE PHOTO PAPER. THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE WAS PRESUMABLY TAKEN 'IN-COUNTRY' IN VIETNAM [?] AND DEPICTS A YOUNG, CAUCASIAN, AMERICAN MALE SERVICEMAN STANDING IN PROFILE, TURNED TO FACE THE CAMERA, AND WEARING MILITARY ISSUE, FIELD ATTIRE (I.E. CAMOUFLAGE FATIGUE TROUSERS, JUNGLE BOOTS, PERSONAL LOAD CARRYING EQUIPMENT, T-SHIRT, SUNGLASSES, HEADBAND, ETC.) THE SOLDIER IS POSED ON A BUSY CITY STREET LINED WITH HOUSES AND PALM TREES, WITH VIETNAMESE CHILDREN, WOMEN IN CONICAL SAGE HATS, AND MEN ON SCOOTERS VISIBLE IN THE BACKGROUND. AT THE EXTREME PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE IMAGE, THE LOWER RIGHT LEG AND HAND OF ANOTHER AMERICAN SERVICEMAN ARE JUST VISIBLE AND ARE IDENTIFIABLE BY THE FATIGUE TROUSERS AND MILITARY ISSUE BOOTS BEING WORN. A HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IDENTIFIES THE UNIT ASSIGNMENT AND APPROXIMATE DATE OF SERVICE FOR THE PHOTOGRAPH SUBJECT [?], "DELTA '71", WHILE STATING, "YOUR FACE HAUNTS ME AND THE NAME IS GONE".
Text of handwritten inscription at the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "Delta '71 / Your face haunts me and the name is gone."
Item Weight: 4.4g
Item Length: 12.5cm
Item Width: 9.0cm