From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) Jimmy Don Smith and U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) Murvyn Eugene Hargraves from former U.S. Army Sergeant (SGT) Doug "Goofy" Goff. The note expresses love, offers thanks, and speaks of missing the addressees during visits to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM). The artifact was left at The Wall by former SGT Doug Goff on Veterans Day, November 11, 1984.
HANDWRITTEN NOTE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY SERGEANT (SGT) JIMMY DON SMITH AND U.S. ARMY SERGEANT (SGT) MURVYN EUGENE HARGRAVES. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A HANDWRITTEN NOTE IN BLUE INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, UNLINED PAPER. THE NOTE IS FROM, "SGT. DOUG "GOOFY" GOFF," IS ADDRESSED TO, "JIMMY DON SMITH" & "MURVYN E. HARGRAVES," IS DATED, "11-11-84," AND EXPRESSES LOVE, OFFERS THANKS, AND TALKS ABOUT MISSING THE ADDRESSEES DURING VISITS TO THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (VVM).
Text of the handwritten note is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface] "11-11-84 / Jimmy Don Smith / & Murvyn E Hargraves / 9th C Co 2nd Btn / I think about you guys often. / Been down here often to the Wall and always say hi. / Just felt I should write something to you. / Never heard from Hucks or Witcha [?] / I miss you guys terribly. / And will never forget. / See you next time I come. / Thanks for all you did for me." / [Reverse object surface] "I'm sorry. / God be with you. / To me you never died and will always be a special part of my life. / To both of you, something I could never say then but must say now, I loved you both very much. / Love / Goofy / Sgt. Doug Goff / Thanks for the help!"
Item Weight: 0.7g
Item Length: 15.0cm
Item Width: 7.5cm