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POW Bracelets
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

POW Bracelets

Catalog #: 2004.0083.41    Accession #: 2004.0083
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 0.5" H x 3" W x 2.5" D

Physical Description

3 bracelets

Specific History

Worn to honor and increase awareness of POW/MIA soldiers. Traditionally, these bracelets were worn until the POW returned to the U.S., at which time the bracelet was presented to the former prisoner.

General History

The idea for POW Bracelets originated in 1970 from Carol Bates Brown and Kay Hunter, two college students looking to support US troops in Vietnam without being involved in the controversy that demonstrations and protests had brought. Through their student group VIVA (Voices in Vital America), they were able to distribute millions of bracelets and other memorabilia nationwide.


Country: United States
War: Vietnam conflict
Services: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard
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