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Prisoner of War Tin Cup with Lacing on Handle

Prisoner of War Tin Cup with Lacing on Handle

Catalog #: 2004.0083.01    Accession #: 2004.0083
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 3.25" H x 5.5" W x 3.75" D

Physical Description

Silver metal cup with lacing wrapped on handle

Specific History

This tin cup has two stripes inscribed around the body of the cup. The initials "SH" are scraped onto the finish of the cup. This cup was used by Colonel Carlyle "Smitty" Harris, U.S. Air Force, who was a Prisoner of War from April 4, 1965 until February 12, 1973. Harris, a native of Preston, Maryland, was a Captain at the time of his being shot down. He was flying an F-105 with the 45th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon. He spent seven years and eleven months in captivity. On 4 April 1965 he was shot down while bombing the Ham Rong bridge near Than Hoa, North Vietnam.

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.


Countries: United States, Vietnam
State: Maryland
War: Vietnam conflict
Service: Air Force
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