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Catalog Number 2010.074.012
Object Name Journal
Collection Richard H. Spaulding
Year Range from 1968
Year Range to 1973
Description Hand written journal created by Richard H. Spaulding while a prisoner of war in Hanoi, North Vietnam. The journal is made from sheets of Vietnamese toilet paper and it has been bound with stiff cardboard covers cut up from Vietnamese magazines. While a prisoner, Spaulding wrote numerous entries including information about foreign countries and capitals; foreign currency; addresses and birthdays of fellow prisoners; salary calculations; time calculations; liquors and wines; library inventories; gambling strategies; a list of things to buy upon his release from captivity; the Cyrillic alphabet; and an account of his capture.
Dimensions W-5.5 L-8.5 D-0.5 inches
Material Paper, toilet paper
Provenance Richard H. Spaulding served in the U.S. Army from 1962-1967. In 1968, he returned to Vietnam as a civilian employee with Pacific Architects and Engineers. He was captured by North Vietnam during the TET Offensive near Hue, South Vietnam on January 31,1968. He was forced to march with other civilian prisoners and was imprisoned near Hanoi at Camp 77 and later Camp Rockville. He was released by the North Vietnamese on March 16, 1973.
Spaulding spent one year in solitary confinement and had a pet ant.

See accession file for further information.
People Spaulding, Richard
Search Terms military
Vietnam
diary
POW
Category Military