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GI Card Game

GI Card Game

James Pollock

1960-1969

GI CARD GAME—Watercolor—James Pollock—US Army Vietnam CAT IV (1967)—Courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Army. Soldiers playing a "leisurely" game of cards for relaxation during off duty moments is common in war zones. Vietnam was no different. Not visible, but in the center of this watercolor I did I would bet there was"Funny Money" exchanging hands. "Funny Money" is what soldiers called Military Payment Certificates (MPC) which was Military Issued Currency used in Vietnam in place of official US Currency. MPC money could be exchanged for "real money" when a soldier left an MPC Zone such as Vietnam.