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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.

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: VS, RVN MR-2, KONTUM Province  8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0025 72

2.  SUBJECT: (U) PW Sighting in KONTUM   9. DATE OF REPORT:  25 Jan 72
              Province, RVN                     (handwritten-W32552)

                                       10. NO. OF PAGES: 5

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


4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Jul 68         12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          6 Jan 72
                                     13. PREPARED BY: ROBERT E. DANNAKER, JR.
                                                         SP6, 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 a US PW
in KONTUM Province, RVN, in Jul 68, to include circumstances of sighting,
physical description of the PW, capture data and biographical correlation.
THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name:  CHU LAI THANH (CHUWX, LAIV THANH), aka THANH BA (THANH,
BAL), CMIC 0439-71

        b. Rank: Sr SGT

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Medical Technician; Medical
Section, HQ, Z-8 Bn, 95A Inf Reft, MR-3

        d. DPOB: 24 Jan 48; DONG HUONG Hamlet, AN NINH Village, KIEN XUONG
District, THAI BINH 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, CHU KHOI (CHU, KHOAS), living; Mother, DINH THI
NUOI (DINH, THIV NUOOI), living
    
    f.  Circumstances of Capture. Source was captured on 4 Sep 71, by elements
of the 21st ARVN Division at (vic VR840312) near KHAN LAM Village, THOI
BINH District, AN XUYEN Province. The Z-8 Bn, while moving to a new base camp,
was attacked by helicopter gunships, Source suffered a concussion from a
rocket explosion and wee captured by the attacking ARVN elements. He had in
his possession one K-54 pistol and one nylon bag containing medical documents.
The weapon and documents were retained by the capturing unit.
    
    g. Significant Activities.
    
            (1) DOB to 25 Nov 67. Source completed nine years of formal
education at his POB in 1965; he wee drafted into the NVA on 18 Nov 65. Due to
his educational background, he was chosen to attend the MR TA NGAN Medical
Technician's Training School located in THAI BINH City, THAI BINH Province.
He received an abbreviated form of basic training which lasted 15 days, and
then spent two years at the school, receiving instruction on surgical
techniques, recognition and treatment of internal and external deseases, the
role of medicine in the treatment of illnesses, and limited instruction on
acupuncture. During the latter part of 1967, he performed actual operations;
first on animals, then on human beings. Upon his graduation on 25 Nov 67,
Source was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
    
            (2) 25 Nov 67 to late Jun 68. After graduation, Source was
assigned to the Hq Co, 15th Bn, 568th Regt, 330th Div, located in LUC NAM
District HA BAC Province, NVN. In Mar 68, the 15th Bn was redesignated as the
3014th Infiltration Croup. On 18 Mar 68, the infiltration group, consisting of
approximately 700 men, left LUC NAM District and begun infiltration into the
RVN. The infiltration group traveled through NVN and crossed the Plateau DES
BOLOVENS into LAOS, and arrived at Commo-liaison Station 10 on the CAMBODIA -
KONTUM border in late Jun 68. The strength at the group at this time was
approximately 650 men.
    
            (3) Jul 68 to Jul 69. In Jul 68, Source was assigned to the K-2323
Medical Co, WS 10 (aka 10th Regt, 95-A Regt, NGO QUYEN Regt), TAT NGUYEN
Front. He was reassigned to the Hq Co, 12th Bn, 10th Regt. In late Sep 68, the
regiment moved to the DUC LAP Area in QUANG DUC Province to conduct ambush
operations along Highway, 14. The 12th Bn designation was changed to Z-8 in
Oct 68, and in mid-Nov 68, the cover name for the 95-A Regt was changed to
F-27 when it became subordinate to the 5th VC Division. Source was promoted to
Sr SGT at this time. The regiment moved to PHUOC LONG Province in Nov 68. In
Dec 68, due to a large number of replacements received, a new battalion was
formed with the designation Z-9. In Mar 69, the Z-8 Bn moved to the Jungle in
the vicinity of TRANG BOM Village BIEN HOA Province, where it participated in
numerous attacks on Hew Life Hamlets in the vicinity. The battalion remained
in this area until, Jul 69.
    
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            (4) Jul 69 to Nov 70. In Jul 69, the Z-8 Bn returned to PHUOC LONG
Province, where it remained until Nov 69, when it moved to the U MINH Forest,
IN XUYEN Province, in early Apr 70. Source was promoted to Plat Ldr in Dec
69. In Jan 70, source again went to the K-23 Hospital, to work there as a
medical technician. The Z-8 Bn conducted operations against the Provincial
CHIEU HOI  Center and the GIA NGUA Sub-Sector Hq in May 70. In Jun  70, one
company carried out an attack on the SONG DOC  Sub-Sector. This attack was
repeated in mid-Jul 70. It this time the Z-8 Bn moved to (VR866050), RACH LUM
Hamlet, KHANH BINH TAY Village, SONG DOC District, AN  XUYEN Province .The
battalion departed this area in mid-Aug 70, it arrived in the RACH GIA
Village area, KIEN GIANG Province, in early Sep 70, where it carried out two
attacks on the CAI NGUA ARVN outpost.
    
            (5) Nov 70 to DOC. On 5 Nov 70, Source went to the K-23 Hospital,
located in the vicinity of VR 877142, U MINH Forest, SONG WC District, AN
XUYEN Province; where he received refresher training for 10 days and then
returned to his unit. In early Jan 7l, the Z-8 Bn moved to CAI NUOC District,
where it carried out an attack on the RAU DUA outpost in the vicinity of HUNG
MY Village. In mid-Mar 71, the battalion carried out a simultaneous attack on
the IN XUYEN Naval Training Center and barges on the SONG ONG DOC River.
Shortly after arrival, Source was sent to E-23 Hospital with malaria. He
remained there until end of Jul 71. The battalion returned to RACH LUM Hamlet
in May 71, where it  stayed until Jul 71. At this time the battalion moved to
the  vicinity of VR 932115, BINH LOI Hamlet, SONG DOC District. The  Z-8 Bn
remained inactive until the date Source was captured.
    
    h. Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; MACV/JPRC
Photographs of Missing and Captured Personnel in SEA, dtd 12 Sep 71; MACV/IDHS
Biographic File, dtd 1 Aug 71
    
            2.   Sighting of US PW in KONTUM Province, RVN. This report is
based on SICR D-7CX-49018 (POW Intelligence).
    
    a. Circumstances Of Sighting. In Jul 68, Source was assigned to the K-23
Medical Company, 10th Regt, TAY NGUYEN Front, when one US PW was brought to
him for medical treatment. The PW was suffering from a bullet wound in the
calf (Interrogator's Note: Source could not remember if the wound was in the
right or left leg). The bullet had passed cleanly through the muscle without
breaking any bone or injuring any main arteries or veins. During the treatment
Source observed the PW for about seven minutes within a distance of one meter.
Treatment consisted of cleaning and bandaging the wound and administering
injections of nikethamide to reduce shock and penicillin to prevent infection.
The PW was also given several tablets of sulfathiazole which he was to take
during the next few days following treatment.
    
    b. Description of PW:
    
            (1) Name: Unknown:
    
            (2) Rank and Branch of Service: Source heard that the PW was an
NCO of an unidentified reconnaissance unit; branch of service unknown.
    
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            (3) Nationality: American (assumed)

            (4) Physical Description:
    
                    (a) Height: 1.8m

                    (b) Weight: 70kg
    
                    (c) Color of Hair and Eyes: Dark (exact color not
remembered); unknown

                    (d) Race: Caucasian
    
                    (e) Complexion: Fair
    
                    (f) Hair length: Short
    
                    (g) Nose: Unknown
    
                    (h) Scars: Unknown
    
                    (I) Tatoos: Unknown
    
                    (j) Birthmarks: Unknown
    
                    (k) Build: Medium, muscular
    
                    (l) Age:  Early twenties
    
                    (m) Glasses Worn: None
    
                    (n) Rings and Watches: Unknown
    
            (5) Clothing Worn by PW: The PW was wearing a fatigue uniform
which was multicolored in shades of brown and green (camouflage). Source did
not remember seeing any patches or rank insignia on the uniform. The PW wore
black boots (NFI). He was not wearing any type of headgear.
    
            (6) Physical Condition of PW. The PW had a bullet wound in the
calf. While Source was treating the wound, the PW  did not appear to be in
great pain, and except for the wound, he appeared to be strong and health.
    
    c. Capture Data. The PW was captured by the Recon Plat, 8th Bn, 10th Regt,
near the base camp of the 10th Regt (hearsay), which was located in a Jungle
area near the Cambodia border in KONTUM Province; RVN. The PW was captured in
Jul 68. He was kept near the base camp, possibly at the hut where the
handwritten-POW handling headquarters cadre lived, because there was no
facility in the area for detaining PW. Source heard that the PW would be sent
to NVA as soon as possible.
    
    d. Biographical Correlation and Photo Identification:
    
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            1) Biographical Correlation. Due to a lack of information
concerning the exact location of the  capture of the PW no biographical
correlation was possible.
    
            (2) Photo Identification. Source was shown the MACV/JPRC
Photographs of Missing and Captured Personnel in SEA Album, but was unable to
identity  the PW.
    
    (U) COMMENTS: Source appeared to be in good health. He was moderately
cooperative; however, he did not volunteer information and his answers to most
questions were incomplete. He was tested and scored High (34) on the
Cross-Cultural IQ Test. This report partially satisfies the requirements of
SICR D-7CX-49018.
    
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