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REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

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 0085 72

2.  SUBJECT: (U) Sighting of Four PW   9. DATE OF REPORT:  22 Mar 72
             in KONTUM Province, RVN                 (handwritten-W34130)

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES:  6

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


4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Jul 70         12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          1 Feb 72
                                       13. PREPARED BY:  CHARLES S. ASHLEY
                                                         PFC, USA
6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F   INFORMATION  6
    
7. SOURCE: PW Interrogation            14. APPROVING AUTHORITY:  (SIGNED)
                                                      DAVID L. PEMBERTON
                                                      LTC, USA
                                                      Dir, US Elm, CMIC


15. SUMMARY
    
    (C) This report contains information concerning a sighting of
four PW in KONTUM Province, RVN, to include circumstances of sighting,
physical descriptions, and conditions of the four PW.  THIS IS A BRIGHT
LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name: TRAN VAN NGHIV (TRAANL, VEAN NGHIV), aka NHI (NHIV), CMIC
0463-71

        b. Rank: CPL

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Sqd Ldr; 1st Sqd, 6th Plat, 2d
Co, 13th Sapper Bn, 429th Sapper Gp

        d. DPOB: Jul 50; PHU VINH Hamlet, DOC LAP Village, DUYEN HA
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, TRAN VAN LUAN (TRAANL, VEAN LUAANV),
deceased; Mother, NGUYEN THI BAI (NGUYEENX, THIV BAIL), deceased

        f.  Circumstances of Capture.  On 19 Sep 71, elements of the 13th
Sapper Bn, 429th Sapper Gp, attacked the TRANG LON ARVN Airfield, TAY NINH
Province RVN, at (vic XT170522).  Source was wounded during the attacks as he
penetrated the perimeter.  Once inside the perimeter of the base, Source and
two other man, LUAN (LUAANV) CIMC 0411-71, and BUOM (BUOOMX) CIMC 0418-71,
became tired and frightened, and lay down and remained immobile until 0900 the
following morning when elements of the 18th ARVN Div surrounded and captured
the three men.

        g.  Significant Activities:

        1.  Jul 50 to 26 Mar 70.  From 1958 to 1965, Source attended the
village school in his POB.  From 1965 to 1968, Source attended the DUYEN HA
District School.  Upon completing his schooling in 1968, Source worked on a
cooperative farm near his home until 8 Apr 69, when Source was drafted into
the NVA and assigned to the 1st Sqd, 1st Plat, 2d Co, 206th Bn, 305th Gp,
located in Hamlet 8, DONG TAM Village, NY DUC District, HA TAY Province, NVN.
From mid-May 69 to Jan 70, Source received basic infantry sapper training,
infiltration training, and political training.  In Jan 70, upon completion of
training, Source received a 15-day leave.

        2.  26 Mary 70 to Oct 70.  On 26 Mary 70, Source began infiltration to
the RVN with the 2213 Infil Gp, consisting of the 200 men of the 206th Bn.
The 2213 Infil Gp traveled along the 559th Commo-liaison Route until reaching
Station 59, where they remained for 10 days transporting rice.  From Station
59, the infiltration group continued along the 559th Route until reaching
Station 73. From Station 73, the 2213 Infil Gp entered CAMBODIA, traveling
through Stations T-1 and T-2, arriving at Station T-3 in mid-Jun 70.  Because
of US/ARVN activity in CAMBODIA, the 2213 Infil Gp remained at Station T-3 for
one and one-half months transporting rice, medical supplies, and ammunition to
Station T-3.  In late Jul 70, the 2213 Infil Gp returned to Station 73, from
there traveling along a new commo-liaison route in CAMBODIA.  In late Sep 70,
the 2213 Infil Gp arrived at its final destination, Rubber Plantation 3 Area,
KOMPANG CHAM Province, CAMBODIA.  At this time the 2213 Infil Gp was
redesignated the 13th Sapper Bn, 419th Sapper Gp.

        3.  Oct 70 to DOC.  In Oct 70, Source contracted malaria and was
evacuated to the 429th Gp Dispensary located in a jungle area of KOMPANG CHAM
Province, CAMBODIA; Source was released from the dispensary in Apr 71.  At
that time Source and nine other men rejoined the 13th Bn, then located in SVAY
RIENG Province, CAMBODIA.  In early May 71, the 14 Sapper Bn moved its base
camp to the CHA DA Area, TAY NINH Province, RVN (vic XT425653), where it
remained until the time of Source's capture.  In Jun 71, Source was promoted
to corporal and made squad leader of the 1st Sqd, 6th Plat, 2d Co, 13th Sapper
Bn, 429th Sapper Gp.

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        h.  Additional References;  CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide;
MACV/JPRC Photographs of Missing and Captured Personnel in SEA Album, dtd 12
Sep 71; MACV/IDHS PW/MIA/CPT Biographical File.

2.     (c) Sighting of Four PW in KONTUM Province, RVN.  This report is in
response to SICR D-7CX-49018 (Prisoner of War Intelligence).

        a.  Circumstances of Sighting.  In Jul 60, Source was a member of
Infiltration Group 2213.  At the time of the PW sighting in Jul 70, the
infiltration group was returning to CAMBODIA to resume infiltration to RVN.
Because of US/ARVN activities in CAMBODIA, the infiltration group had been
delayed for approximately a month and a half in KONTUM Province, RVN.  The
infiltration group was resting along a jungle trail in KONTUM Province
(location unknown), when Source say four PW and two NVA guards.  As they
passed by, Source was able to observe them at a distance of approximately two
to three meters for about two minutes.  After they had passed, the guards let
the PWs rest, while talking to cadre from the infiltration group.  Source took
opportunity to move closer and was then able to see the PWs from a distance of
approximately two to three meters for about five minutes.  Source assumed the
PW were being taken to NVN by way of the 559th Infiltration Route (NFI).

        b.  Description of PW:

        (1)  Identification of PW No 1:

        (a)  Name: Unknown

        (b)  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

        (c)  Nationality, American (assumed)

        (d)  Physical Description:

         1  Height: 1.75m

         2  Weight:  60kg

         3  Color of Hair and Eyes:  Light Brown; Unknown

         4  Race: Caucasian

         5  Complexion: Light

         6  Hair Length: Fairly long (Straight)

         7  Moustache/Beard: None

         8  Nose:  Medium Length

         9  Tatoos, Scars and Birthmarks: None

         10  Build: Average build

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         11  Age: 25 (estimate)

         12  Glasses: None seen

         13  Rings/Watches: None seen

    (2)  Identification of PW No 2:

         (a)  Name: Unknown

         (b)  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

         (c)  Nationality, American (assumed)

         (d)  Physical Description:

          1  Height: 1.70m

          2  Weight:  70kg

          3  Color of Hair and Eyes: Brown; Unknown

          4  Race: Caucasian

          5  Complexion: Light

          6  Hair Length: Unknown

          7  Moustache/Beard: Neatly trimmed mustache

          8  Nose: Unknown

          9  Tatoos, Scars and Birthmarks: None visible

          10  Build: Husky

          11  Age: Unknown

          12  Glasses: None

          13  Rings/Watches: None

          (3)  Identification of PW No 3:

          (a)  Name: Unknown

          (b)  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

          (c)  Nationality, American (assumed)

          (d)  Physical Description:

           1  Height: 1.65

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           2  Weight:  80kg

           3  Color of Hair and Eyes:  Black; Unknown

           4  Race: Negro

           5  Complexion: Very Dark

           6  Hair Length: Short, very curly

           7  Moustache/Beard: Beard extending from sideburns along outline
of jaw bone, approximately 0.5cm long

           8  Nose:  Short, Wide

           9  Tatoos, Scars and Birthmarks: None

          10  Build: Heavy

          11  Age: 24 to 25

          12  Glasses: None

          13  Rings/Watches: Gold watch with gold band

          (4)  Identification of PW No 4:

          (a)  Name: Unknown

          (b)  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

          (c)  Nationality, American (assumed)

          (d)  Physical Description:

           1  Height: 1.75m

           2  Weight:  70kg

           3  Color of Hair and Eyes:  Black; Unknown

           4  Race: Negro

           5  Complexion: Dark

           6  Hair Length: Long (Afro style)

           7  Moustache/Beard: None

           8  Nose:  Unknown

           9  Tatoos, Scars and Birthmarks: Unknown

          10  Build: Medium

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          11  Age: 30

          12  Glasses: None

          13  Rings/Watches: None

(Interrogators Note:  Source estimated interrogator's height, weight and age
as follows:

Source's Estimate                       Interrogator

Age:  21-22                             20

Height:  1.75m                          1.72m

Weight:  70kg                           66kg

        (e)  Clothing Worn by PW:  PW number 1 was wearing an NVA green
fatigue uniform and HO CHI MINH sandals.  The other three PWs were wearing US
ARMY jungle fatigue trousers.  PW number 3 wore a medium blue and white
striped tee shirt.  The other two PWs wore green military tee shirts.  All
three PWs wore black and green canvas jungle boots.  All three PWs were not
wearing fatigue shirts or hats.  Source did not notice if any were wearing
belts.

        (5)  Physical Condition of the PWs:  PW number 1 appeared to have a
bad case of malaria.  He walked very slow and used a large stick as a cane.
When he rested, he sat by himself and did not talk with the others.  The other
three PWs seemed calm and talked among themselves.  Aside from the PW with
malaria. all three PWs appeared to be in good health and had no visible
wounds.  It did not appear to Source that the PWs had been mistreated in any
way.

        c.  Capture Data:  Source could give no information concerning time or
place of capture.  He was told by a friend that the four PW were from a downed
helicopter (NFI).

        d.  Biographical Correlation and Photo Identification.  Source was
unable to identify any of the PWs from photographs. He was shown photographs
from the MACV/JPRC Photographs of Missing and Captured Personnel in SEA Album,
dtd 12 Sep 71.  Due to the unknown time and place of capture, no biographical
correlation could be made suing the MACV/IDHS PW/MIA/CPT Biographical File,
dtd 16 Jul 71.

(U)  COMMENTS:  Source was cooperative and frequently volunteered information.
He was give the Cross Cultural IQ Test and scored Low Average (13).  His
responses to control questions revealed no attempt at deception.  This report
partially satisfies the requirements of SICR D-7CX-49018.

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