Naval Academy Museum opens Vietnam POW exhibit today

October 14, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Beginning today, the Naval Academy Museum will present an exhibit honoring prisoners of war from the Vietnam War.

The exhibit, Open Doors: Vietnam POWs 30 Years Later, includes photographs and narrative profiles of 30 former prisoners of war, including nine Naval Academy graduates. Among them are 1996 vice presidential candidate Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale, who graduated in 1947, and U.S. Sen. John McCain, a 1958 graduate.

Photographer Taylor Baldwin Kiland and writer Jamie Howren Quinn put together the exhibit, which is sponsored by the Coronado Museum of History and Art in California. It will be traveling around the country.

The museum, at Preble Hall, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cars without Department of Defense decals aren't allowed through academy gates; visitors should park in Annapolis public parking areas and walk through Gate 1 on King George Street. Visitors can also park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and take a shuttle. Picture identification is required.

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