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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: VS                        8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0011 72

2.SUBJECT:  (U) US PW Sighting in the  9. DATE OF REPORT:17 Jan 72
    Border Area of Tay NINH and BINH                    (handwritten-W33552)
    LONG Provinces, MR-3
                                       10.NO. OF PAGES: 5

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

4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Nov 68         12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: NCHC, SAIGON, VS
                          31 Dec 71
                                       13. PREPARED BY:  PAUL A. MEINTS
                                                         SF4, USA
6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F   INFORMATION  6
    
7. SOURCE: Returnee 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
    three US PW in the TAY NINH and BINH LONG Province border area near
    CAMBODIA, in early NOV 68, to include possible circumstances of capture,
    circumstances of sighting, description of the PW, and possible evacuation
    procedures.  THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:
        a. Name: KIM CHUONG (KIM, CHUOWNG) , CMIC 0001-71
        b. Rank: None (VC)
        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Co XO; Asst Quartermaster;
    Rear Services, D-2 Regiment, MR-3
        d. DPOB: 1942; KHANH HOA Village, VINH CHAU District, BAC LIEU
    Province, RVN

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' Name : Father, KIM DONN (KIM,  DOON), living; Mother LY THI
HONG (LYS, THIV HOONGL), deceased
    
    f. Circumstances of Return. On 25 Nov 71, Source rallied to the CAI NUA No
2 ARVN outpost, located at VINH BINH Village, KIEN LONG District, CHUONG THIEN
Province, RVN.
    
    g. Significant Activities. From 1955 to 1959, Source attended the village
school at his POB. In 1959, he quit school and worked on his family's farm
until Oct 61, when he Joined the VC and was assigned to the Recruiting and
Training & ction of T-3 (MR-3), which consisted of approximately 100 men. From
Oct 61 until Jun 62, Source's schedule alternated at two week intervals
between training and food production. In Jun 62, Source was assigned as a
soldier in the 2d Sqd, 1st Plat, 102d Co, 96th Bn, ME-3, located at VINH LOC
Village, PHUOC LONG District, SOC TRANG Province. The 96th Battalion was a
mobile battalion with its area of operations in SOC TRANG and RACH GIA
Province. In Dec 63, Source was promoted to assistant squad leader and in Feb
64, he was promoted to squad leader. In Apr 64, Source was promoted to platoon
leader and was placed in charge of armament for the 102d Co, 96th Bn, which
was located in VINH HOA Village, KIEN LONG District, RACH GIA Province. In Hay
64, the 96th Battalion was assigned to the 3d Regt, WS-9, located in the
jungle of TAY NINH Province   In Dec 65, Source was reassigned to the Rear
Services Section, Q-3 Regt, where he worked as an assistant for the
quartermaster subsection. The area of operations for the section included TAY
NINH, PHUOC LONG,  and BINH DUONG Provinces. Source  was  promoted to company
executive officer in Dec 69, the Q-3 Regt became known as the 69B Trans Gp at
this  and moved to the U MINH Forest in RACH GIA Province, arriving there in
Oct 69. The Q-3 Regiment was redesignated the 41Oth Group in Oct 69, and in
Feb 70, the unit became known as the D-2 Regiment subordinate to MR-3 Source
remained with this unit until he rallied on 25 Nov 71.
    
    h. Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; MACV/IDHS
PW/MIA/CPT Biographical File, dtd Aug 71; MACV/JPRC US PW Photo Album, dtd 1
Jul 71.
    
    2. (C) PW Sighting in the Border Area of TAY NINH and BINH LONG Provinces,
MR-3. The following responses are based on SICR D-7CY-49018 (Prisoner of War
Intelligence):
    
    a. Circumstances of Sighting. In early Nov 68, Source and six other men in
his group left Commo-liaison Station 27, located approximate 100 meters from
the main trail leading southwest towards CAMBODIA (NFI). As the group turned
onto the main trail, they saw a group of three US PW, six guards, and two
women approximately 30 meters away. Both groups were proceeding in a
southwestern direction towards Commo-liaison Station 25. The group containing
the three US PW continued along the trail for approximately 500 meters and
then stopped to rest.  Source's group passed the three US PW at this
location.

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    b. Description of PW:
    
            (1) Identification of PW Number 1:

                (a) Name: Unknown

                (b) Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

                (c) Nationality: US (assumed)

                (d) Physical  Description:
    
                        1 Height: 1.70 meters
    
                        2 Weight: 80 kilograms

                        3 Color of Hair and Eyes: Black; Unknown
    
                        4 Race: Negro
    
                        5 Complexion: Very dark
    
                        6 Hair: Curly

                        7 Nose: Flat and wide

                        8 Scars: None visible
    
                        9 Tattoos: None visible

                        10 Birthmarks: None visible

                        11 Build: Medium and muscular

                        12 Age: 36 or 37

                        13 Glasses: None worn

                        14 Rings/Watches: None observed
    
    (2) Identification of PW Number 2:
               (a) Name: Unknown

               (b) Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

               (c) Nationality: US (assumed)

               (d) Physical Description:
    
                         1 Height: 1.80 meters
    
                         2 Weight: 80 kilograms
    
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                         3 Color of Hair and Eyes: Light grey; Unknown
    
                         4 Race: Caucasian
    
                         5 Complexion: Ruddy

                         6 Hair: Medium length
    
                         7 Nose: Short and pointed
    
                         8 Scars: None visible
    
                         9 Tattoos: None visible

                         10 Birthmarks: None visible

                         11 Build: Slender

                         12 Age:  37 or 38

                         13 Glasses: None worn

                         14 Rings/Watches: None observed

        (3) Description of PW Number 3:
                (a) Name: Unknown

                (b) Bank and Branch of Service: Unknown

                (c) Nationality: US (assumed)

                (d) Physical Description:
    
                          1 Height: 1.80 meters
    
                          2 Weight: 80 kilograms

                          3 Color of Hair and Eyes: Light grey; Unknown

                          4 Race: Caucasian
    
                          5 Complexion: Ruddy
    
                          6 Rair: Medium length
    
                          7 Nose: Short and pointed
    
                          8 Scars: None visible

                          9 Tattoos: None visible

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                          10 Birthmarks: None visible
    
                          11 Build: Slender
    
                          12 Age: 37 or 38
    
                          13 Glasses: None worn

                          14 Rings/Watches: None observed
    
    (Interrogator's Note: The following description of the interrogator as
    estimated by Source is provided for comparative purposes:
    
                                ESTIMATE       ACTUAL
    
                  Height        1.90 m          1.80 m
                  Weght         70kg            77kg
                  Age           34 to 35        24
    
            (4) Clothing Worn by US PW. The three US PW were wearing NVA khaki
    shirts and trouser, and HO CHI MINH sandals. None of the US PW were
    wearing hats.
    
            (5) Physical Condition of the PW. All three US PW appeared to be in
    good health and showed no sign of either wounds or illness.
    
         c. Capture Data. When Source returned to his unit, he told the unit's
    PO that he had seen three PW. The political officer then told Source that
    he had heard that the three PW were members Of an American infantry unit
    and that they had been captured by an unknown unit in TAY NINH Province
    (NFI).
    
         d. Evacuation Procedures. The three PW were escorted by six men and
    two women. The six men were wearing civilian clothes. Five of the guards
    were armed with AR-47 s and one man carried a K-54 pistol. Source assumed
    that the two women were medical technicians. The three PW were not bound
    in any manner. They were taken in a southwestern direction, which led to
    Commo-liaison Station 25 and then to Commo-liaison Station 23.
    
          e. Biographical Correlation. Due to the lack of capture data, no
    correlation was able to be made with the MACV/IDHS Biographical File.
    
          f. Photo Identification. Source was shown the  Photo Album and
    identified the following people. ANDERSON, JOHN T., No 0005; Brown, HARRY
    W., No 0030; and ERSKINE, JACK D., No 0321.
    
    (U) COMMENTS: Source was of average intelligence and very cooperative. The
    use of control questions revealed no attempt on the part of Source to
    deceive the interrogator. This report partially satisfies the requirements
    of SICR D-7CX-49018.
    
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