Christmas celebration of US POWs in Hoa Lo prison through exhibition (Hervey Stockman)


The exhibit features war memorabilia, photographs, drawings, and documents depicting the lives of the American pilots held in Hoa Lo prison and their desire to end the war and return to their families.

Small bells with “Merry Christmas” written on them, Christmas trees and candy on the table… This is Christmas in Hoa Lo Prison, as painted by Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Hervey Studdiford Stockman, born in 1922.

The paintings Stockman made while imprisoned at Hoa Lo are featured in the “Sounds of War” exhibition organized by the Hoa Lo Prison Relics Board to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the “Victory of Dien Bien Phuin in the Air” in Hanoi in December 1972 and the 50th anniversary of the release of American pilots (1973-2023).

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