Since tomorrow, September 16, is POW/MIA Recognition Day it is the perfect opportunity to showcase artifacts from the museum collection related to the Vietnam Prisoner of War Experience.
Halyburton and his fellow prisoners endured because of their leadership training, their faith in their country, their unity and faith in each other, and because of their amazing resourcefulness. They invented a tap code to pass along news and encouragement through cell walls. Halyburton used mental exercises to memorize names and details for over 300 fellow prisoners. He and the others also taught themselves to speak German based on their shared knowledge of the language. He even used a handmade bamboo ink pen to write a diary.
| Metal strap used to repair rubber sandals made from old tires|
|Length of string knotted at 30", Halyburton's waist size before 1970|
|Pencil stub (part of Halyburton's clandestine survival kit)|
|Sewing needle made from copper wire|
Gift of Porter A. Halyburton Ac. No. 2006.05
Images courtesy of the Naval War College Museum