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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                        8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0029 72

2.  SUBJECT: (U) PW Sighting in AN XUYEN  9. DATE OF REPORT:  25 Jan 72
             Province                                (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: Mar 71         12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ:  CMIC, CAIGON, 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 AN XUYEN Province, RVN, in Mar 71, to include circumstances
of sighting, physical description, 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: Med Tech; Med Sect, Z-8 Bn,
95-A NVA Inf Regt, 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 KHOA (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 was 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 was 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 instructions on surgical
techniques, recognition and treatment of internal and external diseases, 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 Group.  On 18 Mar 68, the infiltration group,
consisting of approximately 700 men, left LUC NAM District and began
infiltration into the RVN.  The infiltration group traveled through NVN had
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 of the
group at this time was approximately 650 men.

           (3)  Jul 68 to Jul 69.  In Jul 68, Source was assigned to the K-23
Medical Co. WS-10 (aka 10th Regt, 95-A Regt, NGO QUYEN Regt), TAY NGUYEN
Front.  He was reassigned to the Hq Co, 12th Bn 10th Regt.  In late Sep 68,
the regiment moved to the DUC LAI 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 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 New Life Hamlets in the area.  The battalion remained in
this area until Jul 69.

           (4)  Jul 69 to Nov 70.  In Jul 69, Z-8 Bn returned to PHUOC LONG
Province, where it remained until Nov 69, when it moved to

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the U MINH Forest, AN XUYEN Province, in early Apr 70.  Source was promoted to
Plt 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.  At this time the Z-8 Bn moved to (vic 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 (vic VR877142), U MINH Forest, SONG DOC District,
AN XUYEN Province, where he received refresher training for 10 days and then
returned to his unit.  In early Jan 71, the Z-8 Bn moved to CAI MUOC 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 AN XUYEN Naval Training Center and barges on the SONG ONG DOC River.
Shortly after arrival, Source was sent to K-23 Hospital with malaria.  He
remained there until the 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 (vic VR932115), BINH LOI Hamlet, SONG DOC District.
The Z-8 Bn remained inactive until the date Source was captured.

        h.  Additional References:  CIMC 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; May: VIETNAM, AMS Series L7014, Sheet
5927 I, Edition 1, dtd 1965, Scale 1:50,000

2.     PW Sighting in AN XUYEN Province, RVN.  The following information is
based on SICR D-7CX-49018 (PW Intellgence):

        a.  Circumstances of Sighting.  On an afternoon in Mar 71 (exact date
unknown), Source was relaxing n the base camp area of the Z-8 Bn, 95-A NVA Inf
Regt, MR-3, when he saw one US PW being brought into the base camp area by two
guards.  Source observed the PW for about three minutes from a distance of 70
or 80 meters.  Source assumed that the PW was being taken to the battalion
headquarters.

        b.  Description of PW.  Due to the short duration and distance of the
sighting, Source was unable to give many details concerning the description of
the PW:

        (1)  Name:  Unknown

        (2)  RanK and Branch of Service:  Unknown; Source heard that the PW
was a pilot

        (3)  Nationality: American (heresay)

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        (4)  Physical Description:

            (a)  Height:  1.85m

            (b)  Weight:  Source could only describe the PW as being very
 heavy

            (c) Color of Hair and Eyes:  Unknown

            (d)  Race: Caucasian

            (e)  Complexion:  Fair

            (f)  Hair Length:  Unknown

            (g)  Nose:  Unknown

            (h)  Scars:  Unknown

            (i)  Tatoos:  Unknown

            (j)  Birthmarks:  Unknown

            (k)  Build:  Very heavy; Source described the PW as being fat

            (l)  Age:  30

            (m)  Glasses Worn:  None

            (n)  Rings and Watches:  Unknown

           (5)  Clothing Worn by PW.  The PW was wearing a khaki colored
one-piece flight suit.  Source did not know what type of boots or shoes the PW
was wearing. The PW did not wear any head gear.

           (6)  Physical Condition of PW.  The PW appeared to be in good
health and had no visible wounds.  The PW was not bound or restrained in any
way.

        c.   Capture Data.  Source heard that the PW had been captured by an
unidentified AAA unit of the 3d Co, Z-8 Bn, after the PW had parachuted from
an unidentified aircraft which had been shot down.  Source heard that the PW
had been captured immediately after coming to the ground during the morning
hours on the day that Source observed the PW.  Source heard that the PW would
be taken to the regiment headquarters for further unknown disposition.  The
base camp where Source observed the PW was located at (vic VR8423).

        (d)  Biographical Correlation and Photo Identification.  Capture data
did not correlate with any information in the MACV/IDHS Biographic File.
Source was unable to identify any photo from the MACV/JPRC Photographs of
Missing and Captured Personnel in SEA Album as being that of the PW he
observed.

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(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.  Control questioning revealed no attempts at
deception.  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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