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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:  VN                       8. REPORT NUMBER:  6 029 0119 72

2.  SUBJECT:  (U) US PW Sighting in HA BAC   9. DATE OF REPORT: 6 Apr 72
              Province, NVN                          (handwritten-W34130)

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES:  4

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 1Q16, 6G1, 6G3
                                                      SICR: D-7CX-49018
                                                      BRIGHT LIGHT

4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Mid-Jul 67     12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ:  NCHC, SAIGON, VS
                           14 Mar 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. SUMMar
    
    (C) This report contains information concerning the sighting
    of one US PW at NAM SON Village, TIEN SON District, HA BAC Province,
    NVN, in mid-Jul 67, to include circumstances of sighting, description of
    the PW, and limited capture data.  THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT MACV
    FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name:  VU VAN HIEP (VUX, VEAN HIEEPV), CMIC C-0015-71

        b. Rank:  CPL

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment:  Asst Sqd Ldr; 1st Sqd, 1st
Plat, 2d Engr Co, 18th Regt

        d. DPOB:  1944; AN DONG Village, TIEN SON District, HA BAC 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, VU VAN GIOI (VUX VEAN JOWIS), deceased;
Mother, KHUC THI MUI (KHUCS, THIV MUIS), deceased

        f.  Circumstances of Return.  Source departed his unit as they were
traveling from their old base camp located along the HAM HO River, BINH TUONG
(VC) District, BINH DINH Province, to their new base camp located in AN TUC
District, BINH DINH Province (NFI), RVN.  Source rallied to an unknown element
of the 22d ARVN Division in AN TUC District, BINH DINH Province, RVN, on Jan
72.

        g.  Significant Activities.  From 1951 until 1957, Source attended the
AN DONG Village School.  From 1957 until 1959, Source attended the District
School located at his POB.  From 1959 until Jun 69, Source worked as a common
laborer for the TAN DAN Village Cooperative located in TAN DAN Village, QUE VO
District, HA BAC Province, NVN.  Source was drafted in Jun 69, and assigned
for basic training to the 1st Sqd, 1st Plat, 2d Co, 704th Bn, 49th Regt,
located at VIET DOAN Village, TIEN SON District, HA BAC Province, NVN.  After
completing basic training in Sep 69, Source was given 10 days leave.  After
Source returned from leave, the 704th Bn went to QUE VO District, HA BAC
Province, in order to aid the local populace in building and strengthening
dikes.  In Nov 69, the 704th Bn was redesignated the 069th Infiltration Group.
The 600 men of the 069th Infil Gp went from HA BAC Province to THANH HOA
Province by train.  From THANH HOA Province the group marched through NGHE AN,
HA TINH, and QUANG BINH Provinces, past TRUONG SON Mountain, and into LAOS.
On 30 Dec 69, the 069th Infil Gp arrived in the RVN at an unknown location in
the jungle of QUANG NAM Province.  The 069th Infil Gp was then divided into
two groups, with one going to another location in QUANG NAM Province (NFI) for
further assignment.  The second group was sent to BINH DINH Province.  Both
groups were equal in number of personnel with each having approximately 250.
The remaining 100 men had become ill and had been left at the various
commo-liaison stations in LAOS.  In Mar 70, Source's group arrived at PHU MY
District, BINH DINH Province, where he was made assistant squad leader and
assigned to the 1st Plat, 2d Engr Co, 18th Regt.  Source was with this unit
until rallying on 15 Jan 72.

        h.  Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide: MACV
JPRC Photo Album, dtd 12 Sep 71; MACV/IDHS PW/MIA/CPT Biographical File; FM
44-30, Visual Aircraft Recognition, dtd Mar 69,; Map: VIETNAM, AMS Series
L7016, Edition 1, Sheet 6251 III, dtd 1967, Scale 1:50,000.

2.     Sighting of one US PW in NAM SON Village, TIEN SON District, HA BAC
Province, NVN.  This report is based on SICR D-7CX-49018 (Prisoner of War
Intelligence):

        a.  Circumstances of Sighting.  Jul 67, while at his HOR, Source saw
eight US jet aircraft flying in a northerly direction.  (Interrogator's Note:
Source was shown the Army Visual Aircraft Recognition Manual and identified
the aircraft as being a B-58 Hustler's (sic)).  The aircraft received fire
from the ground.  Three of the planes were shot down, two planes exploded in
mid-air, and three planes escaped.  Source saw three pilots parachute from
their aircraft.  Source thought that one

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of the pilots landed in DAP CAU City (vic XJ143446), HA BAC Province (NFI).
One of the other pilots landed in NAM SON Village, TIEN SON District, HA BAC
Province (NFI).  Approximately 15 minutes after the aircraft was hit, the US
Pilot was brought into Source's village.  The PW was guarded by two members of
the TIEN SON District Militia.  Source did not know whether they were members
of the capturing party.  Upon the arrival of the captured US Pilot, villagers
gathered to watch the captured pilot.  Source stated that the pilot was forced
to disrobe of everything except his underwear.  The pilot was not allowed to
re-dress.  Source stated that the pilot left the vicinity approximately 10
minutes after he had arrived at the village.  The pilot was taken in a
northeasterly direction (NFI).

        b.  Description of PW:

       (1)  Identification of Captured US Pilot:

       (a)  Name: Unknown

       (b)  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown/US Air Force (assumed)

          Nationality: American (assumed)

       (d)  Physical Description:

        1  Height: 1.80m

        2  Weight: 80kg

        3  Color of Hair and Eyes: Blond; unknown

        4  Race: Caucasian

        5  Complexion: Light

        6  Hair Length: Approximately 1  to 2  inches in length,
                       straight, and full

        7  Mustache/Beard: None

        8  Nose: Long

        9  Tattoos, Scars, and Birthmarks: None visible

       10  Build: Slightly stocky but muscular

       11  Age: 30

       12  Glasses Worn: None

       13  Rings/Watches: The US PW had a watch but it was taken by a member
of the militia.  When the NVA troops arrived, one of the NVA took the watch
from the militia member.  Source did not know whether or not the watch was
returned to the US Pilot.

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        (e)  Clothing Worn by PW.  Upon arrival in the village, the US PW was
clad in his pilot's uniform.  When he left the village in a NVA jeep he was
wearing only his underwear.

        (3)  Physical Condition of the PW.  The US PW appeared to be in good
health.  Source stated that he saw no wounds or injuries.

        c.  Capture Data.  Approximately 15 minutes after ejecting from his
crippled plane, the US PW was escorted into the village by two district
militia members.  Source was blindfolded when he first entered the village,
but soon after the blindfold was removed.  Source was unable to provide an
exact date of capture except to say that it occurred during mid Jul 67.  three
NVA soldiers came to the village and took the US PW away in a jeep.  They
departed in a northeasterly direction (NFI).

        d. Biographical Correlation and Photo Identification:  Source was
shown the MACV/JPRC Photo Album, but was unable to make any identification
concerning the pictures therein.  (Interrogator's Note: Source stated that the
observed aircraft were B-58's.  However, it is quite probable that the
aircraft were F4C jets.)  The information given by Source approximates the
capture data for US PW numbered 0887, 1018, 1129, and 1181.  Actual capture
data for the above PW approximates both the time and location given by source
in his sighting.  The above PWs were lost on the only approximate date when
four or more planes were downed in the same area.

(U) COMMENTS;  Source was of average intelligence, and was very cooperative
throughout the interrogation.  The use of control questions revealed no
attempt at deception.  This report partially satisfies the requirements of
SICR D-7CX-49018.

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