Prisoner of War Tin Cup with Writing

Description
Physical Description
White metal cup with "Trieu Viet" in red and blue letters on the side. Wire wrapped around cup handle.
Specific History
This cup, given to the North Vietnamese Army by the North Koreans as a "friendship" cup, was given to Commander David "Jack" Rollins, U.S. Navy, a prisoner of war from May 14, 1967, to March 4, 1973. The wire wrapped around the cup's handle was used to make needles. The North Vietnamese Army never figured out where the needles they confiscated from Rollins came from.
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 in 1949 defined who was to be considered a POW and determined how they were to be treated. The policies established by the Geneva Convention were based on the international humanitarian law, or laws of war.
Object Name
cup
user
Rollins, David
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
copper (overall material)
enamel (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 8.89 cm x 12.065 cm x 9.525 cm
Associated Place
Vietnam
ID Number
2004.0083.19
accession number
2004.0083
catalog number
2004.0083.19
subject
POWs
Military
ThinkFinity
event
Vietnam War
Postwar United States
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
ThinkFinity
Exhibition
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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