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UNCLASSIFIED

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 and/or policies should not
be evolved or modified solely on the basis of this report.
    
1.  COUNTRY: LA                        8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0018 73

2.  SUBJECT: (U) Sighting of four US PW    9. DATE OF REPORT: 8 Jan 73
    Between 6th and 7th Commo-Liaison
    Stations, Route 559
                                       10.NO. OF PAGES: 5

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: .1Q16
                                                      SICR: D-7CX-49018
                                                      BRIGHT LIGHT

4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Apr 71         12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: NCHC, SAIGON VS
                          3 Jan 73
                                       13. PREPARED BY: HUA TRUNG QUAN
                                                        SFC, ARVN
6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F   INFORMATION  6
    
7. SOURCE: Returnee Interrogation      14. APPROVING AUTHORITY:  (SIGNED)
                                                      NOEL R. THOMAS
                                                      MAJ, USA
                                                      Chief, US Elm, CMIC


15. SUMMARY
    
    (C) This report contains information on the sighting of four US
PW between Commo-liaison Stations 6 and 7 on Commo-liaison Route 559, in
LAOS, to include circumstances of sighting, description of the PW, and the
phyical condition of the PW. THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.


                                        REGRADED unclass BY AUTHORITY
                                        OF TABO # 83066
                                        BY Rakers ON 8/8/83

    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name:  TRAN MINH XUONG (TRAANL, MINH XUOWNG), CMIC FS-001-73

        b. Rank: SGT

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Asst Plat Ldr; 2d Plat, 2d Co,
2d Bn, 440th Inf Regt, TRI THIEN MR

        d. DPOB: Apr 46; DAO TRU Village, LAP THACH District, VINH PHU
Province, 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
    MACD212-2              2 cys
    MACD112-4              1 cy
    MACD131               10 cys
    MACD153-3              1 cy

17. DOWNGRADING DATA:
    Classified by Dir, US Elm, CMIC
    EXEMPT FROM GENERAL DECLASSIFICATION SCHEDULE OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 11652
    EXEMPTION CATEGORY 2  DECLASSIFY ON 31 DECEMBER N/A

    THIS DOCUMENT IS RELEASEABLE TO REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM AND FREE WORLD
    MILITARY ASSISTANCE FORCES

18: ATTACHMENT DATA: None

83066
REGRADED UNCLASSIFIED ORDER SEC ARMY BY TAG PER

16 MAY 1983

UNCLASSIFIED

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    e. Parents' Names: Father, TRAN VAN HOA (TRAANL, VEAN HOA), living;
Mother, THANG THI CHIEU (THEANG, THIV CHIEEU), deceased
    
    f. Circumstances of Rallying. On 17 Jul 72 Source's battalion was located
in the RANG CUA Mountains, PHU LOC District, THUA THIEN Province, RVN. Source
was assigned to transport rice for his company from a location approximately
two days' walk from the battalion. As he was returning, Source rallied to ARVN
Regional Forces (vic ZD083004) at 1500 hours on 19 Jul 72.
    
    g. Significant Activities:
    
    1946 to Jul 68: Source lived with his father at his POB. He attended the
village school for four years, from 1956 to 1960. In 1960 Source quit school;
he remained at his place of birth working on a cooperative farm.
    
    Jul to Sep 68: Source was drafted into the NVA and assigned to the 1st
Sqd, 4th Plat, 1st Co, 4th Bn, 246th Inf Regt, 250th Div, located in SON DUONG
District, TUYEN QUANG Province, NVN, where he received two months of infantry
and infiltration training.
    
    Sep 68 to Mar 71: After completing basic training, Source was assigned to
the 1st Cell, 2d Plat, 12th Co, 2d Sapper Bn, 305th Div, located in the area
of BA VI Mountain, in BA VI District, HA TAY Province NVN. He then received
on-the-Job sapper training for one week. He remained with the 305th Div until
Mar 71.
    
    Mar 71 to Jan 72: In Mar 71, Source was promoted to corporal and assigned
to the 5th Co, 17th Sapper Bn, 305th Div, in CHUONG MY District, HA TAY
Province, NVN, as a cell leader. On 24 Mar 71, the 5th Co, 17th Sapper Bn was
redesignated the 30th Infil Gp and departed for the RVN. They arrived in LAOS
in Apr 71. There, the 30th Infil Gp was assigned to the K-3 Sapper Bn, 324B
Div. The K-3 Sapper Bn then went to LE THUY District, QUANG BINH Province, NVN
to avoid the ARVN LAM SON 719 operation in LAOS.
    
    Jan 72 to May 72: The entire 324B Div left NVN in Jan 72 and infiltrated
to the RVN. Source was promoted to sergeant on 22 Jan 72 and assigned as
assistant leader of 2d Plat, 1st Co, K-3B Sapper Bn, 324B Div. In Feb 72,
while in LAOS, the K-3B Sapper Bn was assigned to TRI-THIEN MR. The battalion
then marched to THUA THIEN Province, RVN, arriving in May 72.
    
    May 72 to Jul 72: The 1st Co, K-3B Sapper Bn was redesignated 2d Co, and
assigned to 2d Inf Bn, 440th Regt, TRI-THIEN-HUE MR, located in PHU LOC
District, THUA THIEN Province, RVN. Source remained with this unit until 19
Jul 72, when he rallied.
    
    h. Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; SICR
D-7CX-49018; DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, Prisoners of War and Missing in
Action in Southeast Asia (U), Volumes I and II, dtd 23 May 72: Map: VIETNAM,
AMS Series L7014, Edition 1, Sheet 6541 I, dtd 1965, Scale 1:50,000
    
UNCLASSIFIED
    
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2. (C) Sighting of Four US PW Between the 6th and 7th Commo-liaison Stations,
Route 559:
    
    a. Circumstances of Sighting. In mid-kpr 71, Source was marching with the
30th Infil Gp between the 6th and 7th Commo-liaison Stations on Commo-liaison
Route 559, when he saw four US PW and one NVA guard sitting beside the trail.
As he passed by, Source was able to observe them from a distance of
approximately two meters.
    
    b. Description of the PW:
    
    (1) Description of the First PW:
    
    (a) Name: Unknown

    (b) Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

    (c) Nationality: US (hearsay)

    (d) Height: 1.65 meters

    (e) Weight: 60 kilograms

    (f) Color of Hair: Blond

    (g) Length of Hair: Short

    (h) Race: Caucasian

    (i) Complexion: Light

    (j) Mustache and Beard: None

    (k) Nose: Unknown

    (l) Tattoos, Scars and Birthmarks: Unknown

    (m) Build: Small

    (n) Age: 25 to 28

    (o) Glasses: None

    (p) Rings, Watches and Jewelry: Unknown
    
    (2) Description of the Second PW:
    
    (a) Name: Unknown

    (b) Rank and Branch of Service:  Unknown

    (c) Nationality: US (hearsay)

    (d) Height: 1.65 meters

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    (e) Weight: 60 kilograms

    (f) Color of Hair: Blond

    (g) Length of Hair: Unknown

    (h) Race: Caucasian

    (i) Complexion: Light

    (j) Mustache and Beard: None

    (k) Nose: Unknown

    (l) Tattoos, Scars and Birthmarks: Unknown

    (m) Build: Small

    (n) Age: 25 to 28

    (o) Glasses: None

    (p) Rings Watches and Jewelry: None

    (3) Description of the Third PW:

    (a) Name: Unknown

    (b) Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

    (c) Nationality: US (hearsay)

    (d) Height: 1.70 meters

    (e) Weight: 70 kilograms

    (f) Color of Hair: Black

    (g) Length of Hair: Short

    (h) Race: Negro

    (i) Complexion: Dark

    (j) Mustache and Beard: None

    (k) Nose: Unknown

    (1) Tattoos, Scars and Birthmarks: Unknown

    (m) Build: Medium

    (n) Age: 25 to 28

    (o) Glasses: None

UNCLASSIFIED
    
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    (p) Rings, Watches and Jewelry: None
    
    (4) Description of the Fourth PW:
    
    (a) Name: Unknown

    (b) Hank and Branch of Service: Unknown

    (c) Nationality: US (hearsay)

    (d) Height: 1.70 meters

    (e) Weight: 70 kilograms

    (f) Color of Hair: Black

    (g) Length of Hair: Unknown

    (h) Race: Negro

    (i) Complexion: Dark

    (j) Mustache and Beard: Unknown

    (k) Nose: Unknown

    (1) Tattoos, Scars and Birthmarks: Unknown

    (m) Build: Medium

    (n) Age: 25 to 28

    (o) Glasses: None

    (p) Rings, Watches and Jewelry: None
    
    c. Clothing Worn by the PW. All four PW were wearing black short sleeve
shirts and black trousers.
    
    d. Physical Condition of the PW. The four PW appeared to be in good
health. They had no visible wounds. It did not appear to Source that they had
been mistreated in any way.
    
    e. Capture Data. Source could provide no information on the circumstances
of capture of the PW.
    
    f. Photo Identification. Source was not able to identify any of the PW
from photos in the Defense Intelligence Agency publication, Prisoners of War
and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia (U), Volumes I and II, dtd 23 May 72.
    
3. COMMENTS: Source was cooperative and frequently volunteered information. He
appeared to be of average intelligence.
    
UNCLASSIFIED
    
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