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DECLASSIFIED PER EXECUTIVE ORDER 12356, SECTION 3.3, NND PROJECT
NUMBER NIVD96f002, BY  RB/VSW, DATE 2/16/96

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 0499 72

2.  SUBJECT:  (U) US PW Sighting in HA TAY  9. DATE OF REPORT: 11 Nov 72
              Province, NVN

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES:  3

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

4. DATE OF INFORMATION:  25 Sep 71     12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ:  NCHC, SAIGON, VS
                           1 Nov 72
                                       13. PREPARED BY:  PHAM VAN TRUNG
                                                         SFC, USA
6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F   INFORMATION  6
    
7. SOURCE:  Returnee Interrogation     14. APPROVING AUTHORITY:  (SIGNED Nel
                                                  R. Thomas, MAJ., USA, for)
                                                      G.L. KRAMER
                                                      LTC, USA
                                                      Dir, US Elm, CMIC


15. SUMMARY
    
    (C) This report contains information on 30 US PW sighted at TU SON
    Village, XUAN MAI District, HA TAY Province, NVN, on 25 Sep 71; to
    include the prisoners' clothing, security measures, and their direction
    of travel.  THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name:  NGUYEN THE DIEN (NGUYEENX, THEES DIEENL), CMIC FS 0159-72

        b. Rank:  CPL

        c. Unit and Position:  Squad Leader; 3d Sqd, 2d Plat, 1st Co, 89th
Sapper Bn, 44th Front

        d. DPOB:  19 Aug 53; HUNG LINH Village, HUNG NGUYEN District, NGHE
AN 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
    MACDI12-2              2 cys
    MACDI12-4              1 cy
    MACDI31                10 cys
    MACDI53-3              1 cy

17. Classified by Dir, US Elm, CMIC
     EXEMPT FROM GENERAL
 DECLASSIFICATION SCHEDULE OF
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 11652
    EXEMPTION CATEGORY 1
 DECLASSIFY ON 31 DECEMBER N/A

THIS DOCUMENT IS RELEASABLE TO
REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM AND FREE
WORLD MILITARY ASSISTANCE
FORCES

18: ATTACHMENT DATA: None

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    e. Parents' Names: Father, NGUYEN THE NHAN (NGUYEENX, THEES NHAAN),
deceased; Mother, NGUYEN THI VIN (NGUYEENX, THIV  YIN), living
    
    f. Circumstances of Rallying. On 18 May 72 Source and four other men in
his unit were sent to reconnoiter NON NUOC Airfield, DA NANG City, RVN, and a
nearby PW camp. On 15 Jul 72, after completing the reconnaissance, Source
slipped away from the other men and rallied to the 768th ARVN Regional Force
in DA HAN Village, HOA VANG District, QUANG NAM Province, RVN.  He rallied
because he could not endure the hardships of combat and because he was afraid
of death.
    
    g. Significant Activities. Source lived with his parents at his POB from
1953 to 1970, and attended the village school from 1959 to 1970. He was
drafted into the NVA on 2 Jan 71, and was taken to GIA LAK District, HA NOI
Province, NVN, where he was assigned to the 1st Sqd, 2d Plat, 4th Co, 6th
Sapper Bn, 305th Sapper Hq Command. He received sapper training with this
battalion from Jan to Dec 71, and was promoted to PFC upon completing the
course. On 30 Dec 71 the 6th Sapper Bn left GIA LAM District and went by train
to VINH City, NGHE AN Province, NVN. Here the 45th Co was redesignated as the
1006th Infil Gp. Source did not know what became of the other companies of the
6th Bn. The 1006th Infil Gp travelled by truck to an unknown location in the
border area of QUANG TRACH District, QUANG BINH Province, NVN .From there, the
men of the 1006th Infil Gp travelled on foot through LAOS to LOC AN Village,
DAI LOC District, QUANG NAM Province, RVN, arriving on 28 Feb 72. While in
LAOS, Source was promoted to corporal and given the position of cell leader.
The entire 1006th Gp was assigned to the 89th Sapper Bn, 44th Front. Source
was assigned as leader of 1st Sqd, 2d Plat, 1st Co, 89th Bn, 44th Front, and
continued to hold this position until 15 Jul 72, when he rallied  to the
GVN.
    
    h. Additional References. CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; Defense
Intelligence Agency, Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia
(U), Volumes I and II, 23 May 72 Map: VIETNAM. AMS Series L7014, Edition 3,
Sheet 6050 I, dtd 1966, Scale 1:50,000
    
2. (C) US PW Sighted in HA  TAY Province, NVN:
    
    a. Circumstances of Knowledgeability. At approximately 0900 Or 1000 hours
on 25 Sep 71, Source observed a group of approximately 30 US PW being led
through TU SON Village (vic WH478962), XUAN MAI District, HA TAY Province,
NVN. Source observed the PW from a distance of from three to five meters for
approximately two minutes.
    
    b. Description of the PW. Source could not recall a description of any of
the PW, and he was unable to identify any of them from photographs in Defense
Intelligence Agency's two volumes, Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in
Southeast Asia (U). Source heard that all of the PW were Air Force pilots
(NFI). They were dressed in civilian clothing; some wore white shirts and long
black tousers and some wore black shirts and green trousers.
    
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    c. Security Measures. The PW were not blinfolded but their hands were tied
behind their backs. They were tied to each other by a long rope, and were
guarded by 12 NVA soldiers armed with AK-47s. The guards walked along both
sides of the trail to keep passers-by from throwing stones. Some children
threw stones at the PW.
    
    d. Direction of Travel. The PW were moving in the direction of HANOI City.
NVN.
    
(C) COMMENTS: Source was cooperative and answered to be of average
intelligence. Control questions revealed no attempts at deception.
    
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