Prisoner of War Tin Cup with Lacing on Handle

Physical Description
Silver metal cup with lacing wrapped on handle.
Specific History
This tin cup has two stripes inscribed around its body. The initials "SH" are scraped onto the finish of the cup. It was used by Colonel Carlyle "Smitty" Harris, U.S. Air Force, who was a prisoner of war from April 4, 1965, until February 12, 1973. Harris, a native of Preston, Maryland, was a Captain when he was shot down while bombing the Ham Rong bridge near Thanh Hoa, North Vietnam. He was flying an F-105 with the 45th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon.
General History
A prisoner of war (POW) is someone who is captured and imprisoned by an enemy power during a time of conflict or war. In 1949 the Geneva Convention defined who was to be considered a POW and determined how he or she was to be treated. The policies established by the Geneva Convention were based on the international humanitarian law, or laws of war.
Object Name
Harris, Carlyle
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
carbon (bottom material)
twine (part material)
overall: 8.128 cm x 13.97 cm x 9.525 cm; 3 3/16 in x 5 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Vietnam War
Postwar United States
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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