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Prisoner of War White Cup with Lid

Prisoner of War White Cup with Lid

Catalog #: 2004.0083.18    Accession #: 2004.0083
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History


Written on bottom of cup in blue ink, with an image of a bird as part of the company seal. Many letters in name are unreadable.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 5.25" H x 5" W x 4.5" D

Physical Description

White cup with handle and lid; blue trim around rim, on handle, and on lid.

Specific History

This enamel cup was given to Prisoner of War Captain Charles "EV" Southwick, U.S. Navy, who was a POW from May 14, 1967 to March 4, 1973.

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. The Geneva Convention in 1949 defined who was to be considered a POW and determined how they were to be treated. The policies brought forth by the Geneva Convention were based on the international humanitarian law, or laws of war.


Country: Vietnam
War: Vietnam conflict
Service: Navy
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