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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Clothing and Accessories
Men's Clothing
Uniforms
Vietnam War
Clothing Accessories ➔ Military Handkerchief

Identifier:
140288.10
Description:
This blue plaid handkerchief belonged to Lawrence "Larry" E. Strickland of the United States Navy of the United States Armed Forces. He was a crewmember on the USS Pueblo during the Vietnam War when it was captured by North Korea on January 23rd, 1968. This handkerchief, along with fourteen other pieces, was issued to him on December 23rd, 1968 when he was released after being held captive for 11 months. 

This prisoner-of-war donation is the only of its kind in the Museum's collection. It consists of 15 pieces that include fatigues number 140288.1, ensemble number 140288.2, overcoat number 140288.3, cap number 140288.4, boxer shorts number 140288.5, socks number 140288.6, socks number 140288.7, belt number 140288.8, shoes number 140288.9, and handkerchief number 140288.10. 
Date:
December 23 1968
Materials:
Linen
Dimensions:
20"" h 20"" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Flaviana and Lawrence Strickland
Makers/Donors
Mrs. Flaviana F. Strickland

Lawrence "Larry" Strickland
Lawrence "Larry" E. Strickland, originally of Michigan, served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a crewmember of the USS Pueblo, a spy ship that was captured by North Korea on January 23rd, 1968 for sailing in North Korean waters. Strickland, along with 81 other crewmembers, was held captive and tortured for 11 months in North Korea until their return was negotiated. On December 23rd, 1968 the crewmembers crossed the Bridge-of-No-Return into South Korea and into freedom. 

Lawrence "Larry" Strickland
Lawrence "Larry" E. Strickland, originally of Michigan, served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a crewmember of the USS Pueblo, a spy ship that was captured by North Korea on January 23rd, 1968 for sailing in North Korean waters. Strickland, along with 81 other crewmembers, was held captive and tortured for 11 months in North Korea until their return was negotiated. On December 23rd, 1968 the crewmembers crossed the Bridge-of-No-Return into South Korea and into freedom. 

United States Navy
The United States Navy, also known as USN, is a service branch of the United States Armed Forces specializing in naval warfare. It was founded as the Continental Navy in 1775, during the American Revolutionary War. After the war ended the navy was disbanded due to lack of funding. On March 27th, 1794, the United States Congress passed the Naval Act of 1794 establishing a permanent standing navy,  creating the United States Navy that we know today. The USN is the world's largest navy and has the largest aircraft carrier fleet. In addition, it is the third largest of the service branches of the United States Armed Forces. 
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North Korea
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