Prisoner of war cup and spoon used by Thomas E. Collins, III
This metal cup with enamel lid and spoon were used by Collins while a POW at the infamous Hoa Lo Prison. He smuggled the items home to Mississippi upon his release in 1973.
Basic necessities were provided to American prisoners of war by their Vietnamese captors. Within the confines of their cells, prisoners of war developed a secret tap code to communicate to one another. Cups like this one were used to transmit and amplify messages tapped onto cell walls.