Geneva Convention ID Card

Geneva Convention ID Card

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Description
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."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
card
Other Terms
card; Army
date issued
after 1964
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
AF.76359M
catalog number
76359M
accession number
303435
Credit Line
Captain William K. Emerson, USA
Vietnam War
Postwar United States
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Data Source
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Comments

Why was I a cap unit marine issued one, when I’ve never seen another marine with one? I was in Vietnam 1970?

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