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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 0103 72

2.  SUBJECT: (U) Sighting of US Deserter in  9. DATE OF REPORT:  27 Mar 72
              TRI TAM District, BINH DUONG              (handwritten-W34130)
              Province, RVN.
                                       10.NO. OF PAGES: 4

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 1S3


4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Sep 71         12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: NCHC, SAIGON, VS
                          10 Feb 72
                                       13. PREPARED BY: PAUL A. MEINTS
                                                         SP5, USA
6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F   INFORMATION  6
    
7. SOURCE:  Returnee Interrogation     14. APPROVING AUTHORITY:  (SIGNED)
                                                      DAVID L. PEMBERTON
                                                      LTC, USA
                                                      Dir, US Elm, CMIC


15. SUMMARY
    
    (C) This report contains information concerning the sighting on one US
deserter in the CAU VAN TAM Area, TRI TAM District, BINH DUONG Province,
RVN, to include the circumstances of sighting, description of deserter, and
surrender data.  THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT, MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name: NGUYEN DUY NGA (NGUYEENX, ZUY NGAL), CMIC C-0011-72

        b. Rank: PFC

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Soldier; A-8 12.8mm AA Co,
Q-16 Regt, SR-1

        d. DPOB: 1943; DONG SON Village, DONG HUNG 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, NGUYEN DUY NGHE (NGUYEENX, ZUY NGHEEL), living;
Mother, NGUYEN THI XONG NGUYEENX, THIV XONG), living
    
    f. Circumstances of Return. On 11 Dec 71, Source's unit participated in an
ambush of ARVN transportation elements along Highway No 13 in BINH LONG
Province. During that attack, Source was wounded and left by his unit. Source
wandered for three days in search of food and medicine until he encountered
members of the ARVN 5th Division on 14 Dec 71. Source was taken, to their
outpost, located in BINH LONG Province (NFI), where he officially rallied on
15 Dec 71.
    
    g. Significant Activities. From 1960 to 1967, Source attended the village
school in his POB. In Jun 67, Source quit school and began working for the
cooperative farm located at his POB. Source was drafted in Jun 70, and
received basic training with the 9th Sqd, 3d Plat, 3d Co, 908th Bn, 51st Regt,
THAI BINH Province Unit, located at THUAN-VI Village, THU TRI District, THAI
BINH Province, NVN. Immediately after completion of basic training in Nov 70,
Source began infiltration to RVN with the 908th Bn, which was composed of
approximately 600 men. The 908th Bn was known as Infiltration Group 2256. The
infiltration group arrived at an unknown location in KRATIE Province,
CAMBODIA, at the end Feb 71. There Source was assigned to the 2d Sqd, 2d Plat,
A-8 AA Co, Q-16 Regt, SR-1. Upon arrival at the unit, Source was given twenty
days of 12.8mm AA weapons training. The primary mission of the A-8 AA Co was
to supply anti-aircraft support for infantry units of the Q-16 Regt. The Q-16
Regt was located in the CAU VAN TAM (Wooden Bridge No 8) area (vic XT591571),
TRI TIM District, BINH BUONG Province, RVN, from the time of Sources arrival
until he rallied.
    
    h. Additional References: CHIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; JPRC US PW
Photo Album, dtd 1 Jul 71; Map: VIETNAM AMS Series L7016, Sheet 6130 II,
Edition 1, dtd 1967, Scale 1:50,000.
    
    2. (C) The Sighting of One US deserter in the CAU VAN TAM Area, TRI TAN
District, BINH DUONG Province, RVN.
    
    a.  Circumstances of Sighting. While Source was at his base camp in early
Sep 71, a US deserter was escorted by four NVA soldiers into the camp (vic
XT591571). The US deserter was able to converse sparingly in Vietnamese.
shortly after he entered the base camp a crowd formed around the American in
order to see him and also to listen to him speak. Source was part of this
crowd and and listened to the man for approximately fifteen minutes. During
this time the US deserter stated that he was 24 years old and a medic in the
US Army, with the rank of sergeant. He went on to state that he was a member
of the American Communist Party and that he hoped he could go to HANOI in
order to study the doctrine and teachings of HO CHI MINH. He claimed that he
hated war and

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everything the United States of America represented. To prove his beliefs he
stated that he had given away all of his personal belongings that had been
made in the United States and was growing a beard to symbolize his
dissatisfaction with the Army and what it represented. After approximately 15
minutes of conversing with the people in and around the base camp, the US
deserter and his escort left the area. Source did not know where they traveled
after leaving his base camp.
    
        b. US Deserter:
    
                   (1) Identification.
    
                   (a) Source provided the following descriptive information
concerning the US deserter:
    
                    1 Height: 1.85m
    
                    2 Weight: 80 to 85kg

                    3 Color of Hair and Eyes: Blond; unknown

                    4 Race: Caucasian

                    5 Complexion: Ruddy

                    6 Hair: Two to three inches long; thick, straight

                    7 Nose: Big and long

                    8 Scars: None visible

                    9 Tatoos: None visible

                    10 Birthmarks: None visible

                    11 Build: Big, neither muscular nor flabby

                    12 Age: 24

                    13 Glasses Worn: None

                    14 Rings/Watches: None
    
                    15 Mustache/Beard: both mustache and full beard; length of
the beard was approximately three quarters of an inch.
    
    (2) Clothing. The US deserter wore civilian clothing consisting of a
yellow shirt and brown trousers. he carried his sandals with him and did not
have a hat. The clothing appeared to be old.
    
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    (3) Branch of Service. Source stated that the US deserter told the crowd
that he was a medic in the  Army. At the time of his desertion he held the
rank of  sergeant.
    
    (4) Physical Condition. The deserter was in excellent health and showed no
signs of having been wounded or mistreated in any manner.
    
    e. Capture Data. Source was told by one of the armed escorts that the man
had gone out into the field with field pack looking for VC or NVA troops. The
US deserter surrendered to the BEN CAT District Local Forces. The BEN CAT
District Local Forces then transferred him to the 7th Bn, Z-16 Regt. Source
could provide no date of surrender for the US deserter. One of the four NVA
escorts carried the deserter's field pack. The US deserter was not restrained
in any manner during the time that Source observed him. Source could provide
no information as to the destination of the US deserter, except to say that he
felt the US deserter would be sent to HANOI. Source was shown the MACV/JPRC
Photo Album but was unable to identify the deserter.
    
(U) COMMENTS: Source was of average intelligence and cooperated fully
throughout the interrogation. The use of control questions revealed no attempt
at deception.

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