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DECLASSIFIED PER EXECUTIVE ORDER 12356, SECTION 3.3, NND PROJECT
NUMBER NN8937 597, BY  RB1VSW, 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.

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be evolved or modified solely on the basis of this report.
    
1.  COUNTRY: VS                        8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0024 72

2.  SUBJECT: (U) Filipino PW Sighting  9. DATE OF REPORT: 25 Jan 72
              in PHU YEN Province, RVN               (handwritten-W33552)

                                       10. NO. OF PAGES: 5

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 1Q16, 6G3
                                                      SICR: D-7CX-49018


4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Dec 70         12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          10 Jan 72
                                       13. PREPARED BY: ARTHUR A. BOULETTE
                                                         SP5, 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 three
Filipino PW in PHU YEN Province, RVN, to include circumstances of sighting,
physical description and physical condition of the PW. THIS IS A BRIGHT
LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name: NGUYEN VAN SINH (NGUYEENX, VEAN SINHS), CMIC 0445-71

        b. Rank: Sr SGT

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Asst Plat Ldr; Signal Plat, K-13
Local Force Bn, PHU YEN Province Unit, MR-5

        d. DPOB: 26 Aug 44; DONG TAM Hamlet, NHAN HUE Village, CHI LINH
District, HAI DUONG 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
    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 VAN THO (NGUYEENX, VEAN THOW), living;
Mother, TRAN THI TAM (TRAANL, THIV TAAM) living
    
    f. Circumstances of Capture. On 18 Jun 71, Source's unit, the K-13 VC
Local Force Inf Bn, PHU YEN Province Unit, was engaged with elements of the
206th Bn, ARVN Security Inter-unit and was eventually forced to withdraw.
Source took advantage of this situation and withdrew alone to BAC LY Hamlet,
SON HOA District, PHU YEN Province, RVN, where he waited to ralIy to elements
of the 206th Bn. After the arrival of ARVN forces in BAC LY Hamlet, Source
voluntarily surrendered. Source added that he had actually rallied, but
requested to an ARVN vehicular mounted radio operator not to send by
electrical transmission the fact that he rallied, because these transmissions
were monitored by the 18th Signal Co, PHU YEN (VC) Province Unit and would
subsequently bring reprisals on his family living in NVN.

    g. Significant Activities:
    
    (1) 1952 to Apr 63. Source attended school intermittently from 1952 until
1957, when he helped his family farm for one year before beginning his Grade
II education at the PHA LAI Town , CHI LINH District, HAI DUONG Province, NVN.
After completing Grade II in 1962, he returned to his POB once again and
helped on his family's farm.
    
    (2) Apr 63 to NOV 64. On 12 Apr 63 9 Source was drafted into the NVA for a
three-year period of service . After receiving political indoctrination at the
district and province induction centers, he was assigned to the 18th Signal
Co, 95th Inf Regt, 325th Inf Tng Div, and sent to one of the unit's training
areas in THACH THIEN Village, THACH HA District, HA TINH Province, NVN Source
received basic infantry training and on-the-job signal training with the
signal company until Sep 64. In Sep 64, the cadre and members of the 95th Inf
Regt moved to a pre-infiltration training area along the LAOS/NVN border in
TUYEN HOA District, QUANG BINH Province, NVN. after approximately one month of
training, the 95th Inf Regt prepared to infiltrate to the RVN under the cover
name of the SONG LAM Group .
    
    (3) Nov 64 to Jun 68. In early Nov 64, the 95th Inf Regt began its
infiltration by truck from their training area in QUANG BINH Province, NVN,
and arrived at Hill 1001, BO TRACH District, QUANG BINH Province, NVN,
approximately two days later. The unit then continued infiltration on foot,
crossing the TRUONG SON Mountains, fording the BEN HAI River, and entering
QUANG TRI Province, RVN, near the LAO BAO ARVN Outpost. The unit then traveled
south through provinces in the RVN (province names unknown), and finally
arrived at their final destination in GIA LAI (VC) Province, RVN, in Feb 65.
After arriving there, Source was promoted to corporal, and remained assigned
to the 18th Signal Co until Jun 68, when the 95th Inf Regt (aka WS-10) moved
to an unknown location and left Source in SON HOA District, PHU YEN Province,
RVN, to recuperate from malaria and cultivate manioc and corn in preparation
for his unit's return to PHU YEN Province.
    
    (4) Jun 63 to Jun 7I. Source and nine other members of the 18th Signal Co
cultivated crops until Aug 69. In Aug 69, since the
    
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unit had not returned, Source and nine others were transferred to the 18th
Signal Co, PHU YEN Province Unit, MR-5. Source remained in this unit until Feb
70, when he  was promoted to Sr SGT and assigned as the Asst Plat Ldr  of the
Signal Plat, K-13 (VC) Local Force Inf Bn, PHU YEN  Province Unit, MR-5.
Source remained in this position  until his surrender to ARVN forces on 18 Jun
71.
    
       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) Sighting of Three Filipino PW in PHU YEN Province, RVN. This report is
based on SICR D-7CX-49018 (POW Intelligence):
    
    a. Circumstances of Sighting. While Source was assigned to the K-13 Bn,
PHU YEN Province Unit (exact location unknown), he heard from members of his
unit that three Filipino PW had been captured and were resting at a nearby
stream (NFI). Source and a couple of other men from his unit traveled to the
location of the PW and observed them for about 10 to 15 minutes at distances
varying from two to 10 meters. The three PW were guarded by four NVA soldiers
(unit designation unknown). These guards were armed with AK-47s (basic load
unknown). The PW were not bound in any way. Source did not know the final
destination of the PW, who were traveling on foot.
    
    b. Description of PW:
    
    (1) Identification of PW No 1.

       (a) Name: Unknown

       (b) Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

       (c) Nationality: Filipino (assumed)
    
       (d) Physical Description:
    
            1 Height: 1.70 meters

            2 Weight: 60kg
    
            3 Color of Hair and Eyes: Black with some gray; brown
    
            4 Race: Unknown

            5 Complexion. Very dark

            6 Hair Length. Long

            7 Mustache and/or Beard: None

            8 Nose: Long and narrow
    
            9 Scars, Tattoos, and Birthmarks: None observed
    
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             10 Build: Small

             11 Age: 45 to 50 years

             12 Glasses Worn: None

             13 Rings/Watches Worn: None (Interrogator's Note: Source observed
a gold necklace around the neck of the PW.)
    
    (2) Identification of PW No 2:
    
         (a) Name: Unknown
    
         (b) Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

         (c) Nationality: Filipino (assumed)
    
         (d) Physical Description:
    
            1 Height: 1.70 meters

            2 Weight: 70kg

            3 Color of Hair and Eyes: Black; brown

            4 Race: Unknown

            5 Complexion: Very dark

            6 Hair Length: Very short

            7 Mustache and/or Beard: None

            8 Nose: Medium length but wide

            9 Scars, Tattoos, and Birthmarks: None observed

            10 Build: Large

            11 Age: 30 to 35 years

            12 Glasses Worn: None
    
            13 Rings/Watches Worn: None visible
    
    (3) Identification of PW No 3:
    
        (a) Name: Unknown
    
        (b) Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

        (c) Nationality: Filipino (assumed)
    
        (d) Physical Description:
    
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                1 Height: 1.58 meters

                2 Weight: 50kg

                3 Color of Hair and Eyes: Black; black

                4 Race: Unknown

                5 Complexion: Very dark

                6 Hair Length: Short

                7 Mustache and/or Beard: None

                8 Nose: Long and narrow

                9 Scars, Tattoos, and Birthmarks: None observed

                10 Build Small

                11 Age: 36 to 37 years

                12 Glasses Worn: None
    
                13 Rings and Watches Worn: None visible
    
            (4) Clothing Worn by PW. At the time of sighting, PW Number 1 wore
black pants, a white undershirt, brown, laced shoes, and white socks. PW
Number 2 wore khaki pants, a white undershirt, brown, laced shoes, and blue
socks. PW Number 3 wore khaki pants, a blue pullover shirt, light brown shoes,
and black socks.
    
            (5) Physical Condition of PW. Source stated that all three PW were
in very good physical condition. Source saw no bloodstains on the PW or their
clothing, nor did he notice any bandages on the PW. Source could not comment
further on the physical condition of the PW because he was not medically
qualified.
    
            (6) Personal Information. Source thought that PW Number 1 spoke
Vietnamese because one of the guards told Source that he had exchanged
greetings with the PW. One of the guards told Source that PW Number 1 was an
engineer and that PW Numbers 2 and 3 were drivers (NFI).
    
    c. Biographical Correlation. No biographical correlation could be made due
to the lack of sufficient capture data.
    
    d. Photo Identification. Source was shown the MACV/JPRC Photographs of
Captured and Missing Personnel in Southeast Asia but was unable to make an
identification.
    
(U) COMMENTS: Source was of average intelligence and was very cooperative
throughout the interrogation. The use of control questions revealed no
attempts at deception. This report partially satisfies the requirements of
SICR D-7CX-49018.
    
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