“Torture, boredom, and inventiveness. . . .” Such are the words that seek to describe the prisoner-of-war experience in an exhibit panel at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. The story of American POWs in the Vietnam War, a story defined by suffering, courage, and the indomitability of the human spirit, remains a prominent element in our collective memories of that era. And a sense of the day-to-day existence of those who endured the POW life can be gleaned in those diverse items that, though seemingly trivial in a normal environment, became the only things to cling to, to distract, to maybe even give some semblance of hope.