THE VIETNAM GRAFFITI PROJECT
The Virginia-based Vietnam Graffiti Project (VGP) was formed in 1997, following the discovery of historic artifacts aboard the troopship General Nelson M. Walker, by Art and Lee Beltrone. The ship was anchored in Virginia’s James River “Ghost Fleet.”
Art and his wife Lee Beltrone co-founded the Vietnam Graffiti Project to collect,
preserve, and tell the stories of young American soldiers and Marines transported to
Vietnam and war aboard the ship in 1966 and 1967.
Art, a militaria appraiser, former journalist and military artifact historian, served
in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1963 to 1969. Lee is a professional
photographer involved with the Arts for more than 50 years.
In 2007, the project’s Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam exhibit opened at the
United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., and since then has traveled to more
than 60 venues throughout the United States. The VGP has donated Walker artifacts to
numerous museums and historical organizations throughout the United States. Learn more
by visiting the Vietnam Graffiti Website.
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