Geneva Convention ID Card

Physical Description
Printed paper.
General History
The Geneva Convention provides: "Each Party to a conflict is required to furnish the persons under its jurisdiction who are liable to become prisoners of war, with an identity card showing the owner's surname, first names, rank, army, regimental, personal or serial number or equivalent information, and date of birth. The identity card may, furthermore, bear the signature or the fingerprints, or both, of the owner, and may bear, as well, any other information the Party to the conflict may wish to add concerning persons belonging to its armed forces. As far as possible the card shall measure 6.5 x 10 cm. and shall be issued in duplicate. The identity card shall be shown by the prisoner of war upon demand, but may in no case be taken away from him."
Object Name
date issued
after 1964
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Vietnam War
Postwar United States
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, General
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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