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REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

DECLASSIFIED PER EXECUTIVE ORDER 12356, SECTION 3.3, NND PROJECT
NUMBER NN8937 59F, BY  RB12SW, DATE 1/23/96

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE REPORT
Note: This Document contains information affecting the national defense of the
United States within the meaning of the espionage laws. Title 18, U.S.C., Sec
793 and 794. The transmission or revelation of its contents in any manner to an
unauthorized person is prohibited by law.

CONFIDENTIAL

This report contains unprocessed information. Plans amd/or policies showld not
be evolved or modified solely on the basis of this report.
    
1.  COUNTRY: VN, VINH PHUC Province    8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0009 72

2.SUBJECT:  (U) US PW Sighting in      9. DATE OF REPORT:20 Jan 72
                                                          (handwritten-W33552)

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES: 4

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 6G1, 6G3
                                                      SICR: D-7CX-49018
                                                            D-6C2-26423

4. DATE OF INFORMATION: May 67         12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          4 Jan 72
                                       13. PREPARED BY:  ARTHUR A BOULETTE
                                                         SF5, USA
6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F   INFORMATION  6
    
7. SOURCE:  PW Interrogation           14. APPROVING AUTHORITY:  (SIGNED)
                                                      LAVERN A. GUSTAFSON
                                                      MAJ, USA
                                                      Acting Dir, US Elm, CMIC


15. SUMMARY
    
    (C) This report contains information concerning the sighting of one US PW,
    to include location, circumstances of sighting, physical description, and
    physical condition of PW. THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:
        a. Name: NGUYEN HUU HIEN (NGUYEENX, HUWUXN HIENLV), CMIC 0431-71
        b. Rank: None (VC)
        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Soldier; 3d Sqd,2d Plat,
    1st Co, Q-16 Regt, SR-1
        d. DPOB: 26 Sep 45; TAN NGOC Hamlet, BA HIEN Village, District, BINH
    UYEN District, VINH PHUC, NVN
    

16. DISTRIBUTION BY ORIGINATOR:
    DIA                    1 cy
    DIRNSA                 1 cy
    SAC                    1 cy
    CINPAC                 1 cy
    CINPAC AF              2 cys
    CINCUSARPAC            2 cys
    COMUSMACTHAI           1 cy
    MACJ212-2              2 cys
    MACJ213-1              1 cy
    MACJ23                 1 cy
    MACJ231               10 cys

17. DOWNGRADING DATA: GROUP 3
    DOWNGRADED AT 12 YEAR INTERVALS NOT AUTOMATICALLY DECLASSIFIED
    THIS DOCUMENT IS RELEASEABLE TO REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM AND FREE WORLD
    MILITARY ASSISTANCE FORCES

18: ATTACHMENT DATA: None

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    e. Parents' Names: Father, NGUYEN XUAN KHAI (NGUYEENX, XUAAN KHAIR),
living; brother, VU THI TUYEN (VUX X, THIV TUYEEN), living
    
    f. Circumstances of Capture: Due to a shortage of rice in the 1st Co, 1st
Bn, Q-16th Regt, Source was sent on a detail to TRANG BANG District, HAU NGHIA
Province, to pick up rice. After arriving at the pick up point, the detail
found that the area had been destroyed. They were returning when they were
ambushed in the area by ARVN Forces. On 22 Sep 71, Source was captured and the
other three personnel on the detail with Source were killed.
    
    g. Significant Activities. From 1959 to 1964, Source attended school in
TAN NGOC Hamlet, BA HIEN Village, BINH XUYEN District, VINH PHUC Province,
NVN. From 1964 to 1965, he worked as a farmer in the TAN NGOC Hamlet, BA HIEN
Village, BINH XUYEN District, VINH PHUC Province, NVN. In Jan 65, he became a
member of the militia and remained a member until Jul 68. On 17 Jul 68, Source
was drafted into the NVA and assigned to the 9th Sqd, 3d Plat, 4th Bn, 2d
Regt, 304th Div, VIET BAC MR, NVN, located in THANH NINH Village, PHU BINH
District, BAC Thai Province, NVN. Source completed basic training on 10 Jan
69. after completing a rest period of ten days, the 4th Bn, 2d Regt, 304th
Div, began infiltration with approximately 600 men on 20 Jan 69 (infiltration
group number unknown). They traveled through NVN, LAOS, and CAMBODIA, and from
Apr to May 69, the group traveled through KONTUM and DAC LAC Provinces, RVN.
In early Jun 69, the group arrived at the K-4 Commo-liaison Station in
CAMBODIA. Source became ill with malaria when he arrived and was sent to the
K-30 Hospital. In Aug 69, he was released from the hospital and was assigned
to the 7th Plat, 7th Co, 270th Convalescence Bn, 92d Regt located in the
vicinity of the K-4 Commo-liaison Station. He worked as a cook with the 7th Co
until Dec 70, when Source was sent to the K-8 Commo-liaison Station for
reassignment and stayed there for one month. In Feb 70, Source and the other
replacements were picked up by the Q-16th Regt. The group traveled for two
months to DUONG MINH District, TAY NINH Province, RVN, arriving there in early
Apr 71. In Aug 71, the Q-16 Regt moved to DAU TIENG District, BINH DUONG
Province. In Sep 71, Source was detailed to go to TRANG BANG District to pick
up rice. When the detail arrived at the pick up point they found the area
destroyed and were ambushed by ARVN Forces. Source was subsequently captured.
    
    h. additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; MACV/JPRC
Photographs of Captured and Missing Personnel in Southeast Asia, dtd 12 Sep
71.
    
    2. (C) US PW Sighting in VINH PHUC Province, NVN. This report is based on
SICR D-6C2-26423 (POW Information, VN) and D-7CX-49018 (Prisoner of War
Intelligence):
    
    a. Circumstances of Sighting. In May 67, Source, while eating his evening
meal, heard a commotion outside his home and upon going out saw a burning
plane plummetting towards the ground. He also saw an opened parachute
descending. After finishing his meal, Source preceeded to the location where
he believed the parachute had landed.
    
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Upon arriving at this location, Source noticed that a large crowd had already
gathered and that a PW was being guarded by about 10 men from the BA HIEN
Militia Force. These men were armed with K-44 rifles and an unknown amount of
ammunition. Source observed the PW for about five minutes at a distance of
approximately three to five meters. While at the location of the sighting,
Source overheard one of the guards say that the PW was going to be taken to
the BA HIEN Village Militia Headquarters and then to HANOI City.
(Interrogator's Note: Source's inability to read a map and his limited
knowledge of geographical and terrain features around his village made it
impossible to provide grid coordinates for the location of the sighting.)
    
    b. Description of PW:
    
            (1) Name: Unknown

            (2) Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown
    
            (3) Nationality: American (assumed)
    
            (4) Physical Description:

                    (a) Height: Over 1.85m
    
                    (b) Weight: 90 to 100 kg
    
                    (c) Color of Hair and Eyes: Blond; hazel
    
                    (d) Race: Caucasian
    
                    (e) Complexion: Very light
    
                    (f) Hair Length: Very short
    
                    (g) Mustache and/or Beard: Short, neatly trimmed
mustache

                    (h) Nose: Long and Straight
    
                    (i) Tattoos, Scars, and Birthmarks: None observed
    
                    (j) Build: Heavy
    
                    (k) Age: 25 years
    
                    (1) Glasses horn: None worn
    
                    (m) Rings/Watches: Source heard from one of the
    guards that a gold ring had been taken from the PW.
    
            (5) Clothing Worn by PW. At the time of sighting, PW was wearing
    only underpants and undershirt and a pair of combat boots.
    
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    The PW did not have any rank or unit insignia.
    
                (6) Physical Condition of PW Source thought that the PW was
    very healthy because he was so fat. Source did not observe any bandages or
    bloodstains on either the PW or his clothing. Since he was not medically
    qualified, Source could not comment further on the physical condition of
    the PW.
    
                 (7) Personal Information. Source was unable to provide any
    personal information concerning the PW.
    
         c. Biographical Correlation. No biographical correlation could be
    made due to the insufficient capture data.
    
        d. Photo Identification. Source was shown the MACV/JPRC Photographs of
    Captured and Missing Personnel in Southeast Asia, but because of the time
    elapsed since the sighting and the duration of the sighting itself, Source
    was unable to make an identification.
    
    (U) COMMENTS: Source was extremely cooperative throughout the
    interrogation. Hi' responses to control questions revealed no attempts at
    deception. Source was administered the Cross-cultural IQ Test and scored
    Average (21). This report partially satisfies the requirements of SICR
    D-7CX-49018 and D-6C2-26423.
    
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