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Metal North Vietnamese Army Issue Spoon for POWs

Metal North Vietnamese Army Issue Spoon for POWs

Catalog #: 2004.0083.20    Accession #: 2004.0083
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History


North Vietnamese Army

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 0.5" H x 5.5" W x 1.75" D

Physical Description

Silver metal spoon.

Specific History

North Vietnamese issue spoon, used by Prisoner of War Commander David "Jack" Rollins, U.S. Navy, who was a POW from May 14, 1967 to March 3, 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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