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Prisoner of War Tin Cup with Writing

Prisoner of War Tin Cup with Writing

Catalog #: 2004.0083.19    Accession #: 2004.0083
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 3.5" H x 3.75" W x 3.75" D

Physical Description

White metal cup with "Trieu Viet" in red and blue letters on side of cup. Wire wrapped around cup handle.

Specific History

This cup was given to the North Vietnamese Army by the North Koreans as a "Friendship" cup. In all, there were five distinct types of cups issued to the POWs. This cup was given to Prisoner of War Commander David "Jack" Rollins, U.S. Navy, who was a POW 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 him were coming 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. 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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