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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 0130 72

2.  SUBJECT: (U) Sighting of Four US   9. DATE OF REPORT: 16 Apr 72
              PWs in THAU THIEN Province             (handwritten-W34130)

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES: 7

3. ISC NUMBER: 732.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 6G1, 6G3
                                                      SICR: D-7CX-49018


4. DATE OF INFORMATION:  Mar 68        12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          8 Mar 72
                                       13. PREPARED BY: RONALD N. LINDSAY
                                                         SP5, USA
6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F   INFORMATION  6
    
7. SOURCE: PW Interrogation            14. APPROVING AUTHORITY:  (SIGNED)
                                                      DAIVID L. PEMBERTON
                                                      LTC, USA
                                                      Dir, US Elm, CMIC


15. SUMMARY
    
    (C) This report contains information concerning the sighting of three
male military US PWs and one female civilian captive in Mar 68 in THUA
THIEN Province, RVN, to include the circumstances of the sighting and
description of the PWs. THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC. THIS
REPORT PARTIALLY SATISFIES THE REQUIREMENTS OF SIRC D-7CX-49018.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name: VU CANH (VUX, CANH), CMIC 0458-71

        b. Rank: 1LT

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Political Cadre, Political
Staff, 38th NVA INF Regt

        d. DPOB: 1 May 47; HOANG LONG Village, HOANG HOA District, THANH HOA
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 CANH (VUX, CANH), living; Mother, LE
THI VI (LEE, THIV VI), living

        f.  Circumstances of Capture.  On 22 Nov 71, Source traveled to PHU
NAM Village, DUC DUC District, QUANG NAM Province (vic AT8549), to purchase
supplies for the Political Staff, 38th Regt, 44th Front.  On the morning of
23 Nov 71, an ARVN helicopter landed elements of an unidentified ARVN unit
in PHU NAM Village.  When Source saw the helicopter, he attempted to escape,
but was subsequently captured.

        g.  Significant Activities:

        (1)  May 47 to Nov 67.  From 1959 to 1963, Source attended village
school at his POB.  From 1963 until the time he entered the service, Source
attended the HOANG HOA District school.  In Apr 66, Source was drafted into
the NVA and was assigned to the 3d Sqd, 2d Plat, 1st Co, 5th Training Bn,
22d Regt, THANH HOA Province Unit, located in NHU XUAN District, TRANH HOA
Province, NVN.  From May 66 TO Jun 66, Source received basic infantry
training.  In mid-Jun 66, the 5th Training Bn moved into QUANG TRI Province,
RVN, where it was attached to the 8th Bn, 3d Regt, 324th Div.  Source was
assigned to the Signal Plat of the 8th Bn, where he received on-the-job
training on the use of the 0743 radio and the B-600 telephone.  the mission
of the 3d Regt was to engage US Marines operating in QUANG TRI Province.  In
Sep 66, the 7th and 9th Battalions returned to NVN.  In Oct 66, the 8th Bn
rejoined the 3d Regt at the QUYET THANG Agricultural Site, VINH LINH Special
zone.  In Feb 67, the regiment moved to LE THUY District, QUANG VINH
Province, NVN, in order to train new recruits.  In Jun 67, Source was
promoted to CPL.  Immediately after Source's promotion, the 3d Regt moved
into CO LINH District, QUANG TRI Province, to once again battle with
unidentified US Marine Units.  In Sep 67, the regiment returned to NVN to
recuperate, having suffered heavy casualties in operations against US
Marines.

        (2)  Nov 67 to Nov 69.  In Nov 67, the 3d Regt transported rice from
Commo-liaison Stations 5 and 6 on the 559th Route to the storage facility
located on the BA BINH Slope, COM LO District, QUANG TRI Province.  In Dec
67, the 3d Regt was transferred to HUONG TRA District, THUA THIEN Province,
where it became subordinate to the TTH-MR.  Also that same month, Source was
promoted to Sergeant and was assigned as Sqd Ldr for the Signal Plat, 8th
Bn.  During the Tet offensive of 1968, the 3d Regt attacked HUE City for six
days before withdrawing to HUONG TRA District, where it remained until Jul
68, harassing unidentified ARVN and US units. In Jul 68, the 3d Regt
returned to QUANG NINH District, QUANG BINH Province in order to rest, and
Source was promoted to Aspirant and assigned as Plat Ldr, Signal Plat, 8th
Bn.  In Dec 68, the 7th and 8th Battalions, 3d Regt once again left the thr
RVN arriving at a jungle area in THUONG DUC District, QUANG NAM Province, in
Feb 69, at which time the 3d Regt was redesignated the 60th Regt, 44th
Front.  In Apr 69, the 60th Regt set up a base camp in the BAN CO Mountain
area, DUC DUC District, QUANG NAM Province.  From Apr to Sep 69, the 60th
Regt engaged unidentified US Marine units operating in DUC DUC District.

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        (3)  Nov 69 to DOC.  In Nov 69, the entire 60th Regt regrouped at a
jungle area in NAM GIANG District, QUANG DA (VC), Province, in order to
receive replacements and rest.  In Jan 70, the 60th Regt was redesignated
the 38th Regt, 44th Front.  In Apr 70, the 8th Sapper Ben, 44th Front
attacked the THUONG DUC District City Outpost.  The 38th Regt had the
responsibility of preventing reinforcements from arriving to relieve the
pressure on the outpost.  In fulfilling its mission, the regiment engaged
the 2d and 4th Battalions, 51st ARVN Regt, for 15 days before finally
withdrawing from the area.  In Jun 70, the 38th Regt returned to the BAN CO
Mountain area where it remained until Nov 70, resting and reviewing
training.  In Jul 70, Source became a member of the 8th Bn Political Staff,
a position he retained until May 71.  In Nov 70, the regiment moved to a
jungle area of TAY GIANG District, QUANG DA (VC) Province where it rested
and received replacements.  In Feb 71, the regiment attacked the DUC DUC
District Subsector.  The attack lasted for three or four days, and Source
heard that it was considered a success.  From Apr 71, until the date of
Source's capture, the 38th Regt was relatively inactive, resting, reviewing
training, and storing supplies.  Source remained with this unit until his
capture.

        h.  Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide;
MACV/IDHS PW/MIA/CPT Biographical File, dtd Aug 71; MACV/JPRC US PW Photo
Album, dtd 1 Jul 71; Map: VIETNAM, AMS Series L7014, Sheet 6442 II, Edition
2, dtd 1968, Scale 1:50,000

2.  (C)  PW Sighting in HUONG TRA District, THUA THIEN Province, RVN.  The
following responses are based on SICR D-7CX-49018 (Prisoner of War
Intelligence):

        a.  Circumstances of Sighting: In early Mar 68 (exact date unknown),
the 3d Regt, 324B NVA Inf Div, (now known at the 38th NVA Inf Regt, Front
44), advanced toward the city of HUE to engage US and ARVN reinforcements.
Source stated the unit was walking along a path about two hours west of VAN
XA THUONG Village, HUONG TRA District, THUA THIEN Province, RVN (exact
location unknown), when an unidentified NVA unit passed going in the
opposite direction.  Source stated that he passed 3 US PWs and one female
caucasian captive, observing them for about 30 seconds (sic).  The following
descriptions were provided by the Source.

        b.  Descriptionof PW:

       (1)  Identification of 1st PW:

       (a)  Name: Unknown

       (b)  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

       (c)  Nationality: US (assumed)

       (d)  Physical Description:

        1   Height: 1.85m

        2   Weight: 90kg

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        3   Color of Hair and Eyes: Light brown; Unknown

        4   Race: Caucasian

        5   Complexion: Very light

        6   Hair: Straight, high on forehead, moustache

        7   Nose: Hooked

        8   Scars: None visible

        9   Tattoos: Nove visible

        10  Brithmarks: None visible

        11  Build: Heavy, fat

        12  Age: 35 to 40

        13  Glasses: None worn

        14  Rings/Watches: Watch, gold bank

       (2)  Identification of Second PW:

       (a)  Name: Unknown

       (b)  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

       (c)  Nationality: US (assumed)

       (d)  Physical Description:

        1   Height: 1.75m

        2   Weight: 80kg

        3   Color of Hair and Eyes: Light brown, Unknown

        4   Race: Caucasian

        5   Complexion: Light

        6   Hair: Straight

        7   Nose: Narrow, hooked

        8   Scars: None visible

        9   Tattoos: None visible

        10  Brithmarks: None visible

        11  Build: Heavy, fat

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        12  Age: 25

        13  Glasses: None worn

        14  Rings/Watches: None worn

       (3)  Identification of Third PW:

       (a)  Name: Unknown

       (b)  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

       (c)  Nationality: US (assumed)

       (d)  Physical Description:

        1   Height: 1.75m

        2   Weight: 80kg

        3   Color of Hair and Eyes: Brown, Unknown

        4   Race: Caucasian

        5   Complexion: Light

        6   Hair: Straight

        7   Nose: Straight

        8   Scars: None visible

        9   Tattoos: None visible

        10  Brithmarks: None visible

        11  Build: Heavy, fat

        12  Age: 25

        13  Glasses: None worn

        14  Rings/Watches: None worn

       (4)  Identification of Fourth PW:

       (a)  Name: Unknown

       (b)  Rank and Branch of Service: Female, civilian (assumed), wearing
white dress with yellow flowers

       (c)  Nationality: US (assumed)

       (d)  Physical Description:

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        1   Height: 1.63m

        2   Weight: 55kg

        3   Color of Hair and Eyes: Light brown, Unknown

        4   Race: Caucasian

        5   Complexion: Light

        6   Hair: Shoulder length

        7   Nose: Straight

        8   Scars: None visible

        9   Tattoos: None visible

        10  Brithmarks: None visible

        11  Build: Medium

        12  Age: 25 years

        13  Glasses: None worn

        14  Rings/Watches: None worn

(Interrogator's Note: The following description of the interrogator,
provided for comparative purposes, was taken by the interpreter after the
interrogator left the room:)

                        Estimate                Actual

Height                  1.85m                   1.83m

Weight                  80kg                    88kg

Age                     25 years                24 years

Complexion              Light                   Light

Color of Eyes/Hair      Brown/brown             Hazel/brown

Build                   Heavy                   Heavy

Nose                    Straight                Straight

Hair                    Straight                Straight

        (4)  Clothing Worn by US PWs.  The three US PWs were wearing green
jungle fatigues and the female captive was wearing a white dress with yellow
flowers.

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        (5)  Physical Condition of the PWs.  All four PWs appeared to be in
good health and showed no sign of either wounds or illness.

         c.  Capture Data.  Source had no knowledge concerning the capture
of the four PWs.

         d.  Evacuation Procedures.  Source was not able to identify the
capturing unit.  He stated the unit was a NVA company size unit.  the PWs
were not bound and walked in the middle of the column.

         e.  Birgraphical Correlation.  Due to the lack of capture data, no
correlation was able to be made with the MACV/IDHS Biographical File.

         f.  Photo Identification.  Source was shown the MACV/JPRC Photo
Album but was unable to identify any of the personnel.

(U)  COMMENTS: Source was in good health.  He scored High (35) on the Cross
Cultural IQ Test.  The use of control questions revealed no attempt at
deception.  Source was cooperative throughout the interrogation.
This report partially satisfies the requirements of SICR D-7CS-49018.

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