The nickname that American POWs had for the Hoa Lo prison in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. Americans were kept in the camp from 8/11/64 to 3/28/73. The camp was built around the turn of the century by the French. In Vietnamese the word "hoa lo" means "portable earthen stove", so named for the families of hibachi makers that lived on the site before the prison was built. American GIs also had names for certain sections of the camp, such as:
Heartbreak Hotel (which was "the hole")
Little Vegas
New Guy Village
West Court

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