Robert Lee Williams mess kit.

This mess kit belonged to Robert Lee Williams, US Navy, Carpenter's Mate Second Class who became a Japanese POW during WWII.  Through items like this and the O'Donnell Cross, prisoners paid tribute to their fellow soldiers and acknowledge the terrible experiences suffered by allied soldiers with the fall of the Philippines.


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Robert Lee Williams mess kit; manipulated photo by Eric Shindelbower; image may not be reproduced without prior written permission of the photographer.

National Prisoner of War Museum
Andersonville National Historic Site
Andersonville, Georgia 31711.


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