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Ooh, interesting question! I did a quick search in the online collections of: NARA; the National Museum of American History; and the Library of Congress. I didn't see any references to a collection of medals that came from these protests, but that doesn't mean that the artifacts aren't held *somewhere*.
My best guesses about folks to contact to see if their institutions have any info about these medals:
- the Center for Legislative Archives at NARA (Contact the Center for Legislative Archives | National Archives )
- Archives 2 Reference, for records about the VVAW (Archives2reference@nara.gov)
- NMAH's Division of Armed Forces History (Division of Armed Forces History | National Museum of American History )
- Library of Congress (https://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ )
- the Capitol Visitor Center (Contact Us | U.S. Capitol Visitor Center )
- the US Army Center for Military History (Inquiries to CMH )
- the National Museum of the Marine Corps (Staff Directory - National Museum of the Marine Corps )
- Naval History and Heritage Command (Directory )
- National Museum of the US Air Force (Contact Us )
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Thanks, Catherine. I'd thought about this because of the Ken Burns Vietnam War series. In Episode 9, Ken has a segment about John Kerry and the VVAW, and shows vets throwing their medals. (Two of them are also interviewees in his film.) . I was Tweeting about this last night with reps from WGBH and American Experience, and asked them that question. They checked with NARA, who suggested I post to History Hub.
I'm sure you've watched Ken's "Vietnam War", and as many have said, the film asks more questions than it answers. I'm sure this is one of them.
Thanks again. I'll check some of the resources and if I find out anything, I will post again.