Pocket Card, "The Enemy In Your Hands"
As a member of the U.S. Military Forces, you will comply with
the Geneva Prisoner of War Convention of 1949 to which your country
adheres. Under these Conventions:
can and will:
Immediately search him thoroughly.
Require him to be silent.
Segregate him from other prisoners.
Guard him carefully.
Take him to the place designated by your commander.
cannot and must not:
Humiliate or degrade him.
Take any of his personal effects that do not have significant
Refuse him medical treatment if required and available.
TREAT YOUR PRISONER HUMANELY
down your gun
Buong sung xuong
up your hands
your hands on your head
tay len dau
will search you
THE ENEMY IN YOUR HANDS
1.) Handle him firmly, promptly, but humanely.
captive must be disarmed, searched, secured and watched. But
he must also be treated at all times as a human being. He must
not be tortured, killed, mutilated, or degraded, even if he
refuses to talk. If the captive is a woman, treat her with all
respect due her sex.
2.) Take the captive quickly to security.
soon as possible evacuate the captive to a place of safety and
interrogation designated by your commander. Military documents
taken from the captive are also sent to the interrogators, but
the captive will keep his personal equipment except weapons.
3.) Mistreatment of any captive is a criminal offense. Every soldier
is personally responsible for the enemy in his hands.
is both dishonorable and foolish to mistreat a captive. It is
also a punishable offense. Not even a beaten enemy will surrender
if he knows his captors will torture or kill him. He will resist
and make his capture more costly. Fair treatment of captives
encourages the enemy to surrender.
4.) Treat the sick and wounded captive as best you can.
captive saved may be an intelligence source. In any case he
is a human being and must be treated like one. The soldier who
ignores the sick and wounded degrades his uniform.
5.) All persons in your hands, whether suspects, civilians, or
combat captives, must be protected against violence, insults,
curiosity, and reprisals of any kind.
punishment to the courts and judges. The soldier shows his strength
by his fairness and humanity to the persons in his hands.