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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:  CB; SVAY RIENG Province  8. REPORT NUMBER:  6 029 0826 71

2.  SUBJECT:  (U) PW Sighting in SVAY  9. DATE OF REPORT: 2 Aug 71
              RIENG Province, CAMBODIA               (handwritten-W31437)

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES:  4

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM:  6G3
                                                      BRIGHT LIGHT


4. DATE OF INFORMATION:  Feb or Mar 69 12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ:  CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                           16 Jul 71
                                       13. PREPARED BY:  GREGORY T. HSU
                                                         SP5, USA
6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F   INFORMATION  6
    
7. SOURCE:  PW Interrogation           14. APPROVING AUTHORITY:  (SIGNED)
                                                      PAUL G. SPERO
                                                      LTC, USA
                                                      Dir, US Elm, CMIC


15. SUMMARY
    
    (C) This report   contains   information concerning the sighting of two
    US PW in Feb or Mar 69 in SVAY RIENG Province, CAMBODIA, to include the
    circumstances of the sighting, physical description of the PW,
    evacuation procedures, and photo identification.  THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT
    REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name:  NGUEYN VAN THOI (NGUYEENX, VEAN THOWIL), CMIC 0231-71

        b. Rank:  None (VC)

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment:  Asst Plat Ldr; 1st Plat, 12th
Co, D-6 Bn, F-55 Regt, 9th Div

        d. DPOB:  1945; THUAN HUNG Village, LONG MY District, CHUONG THIEN
Province, RVN
    

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 VAN CHUNG NCUYEENX, VEAN  CHUNG),
deceased; Mother, NGUYEN THI HAY (NGUYEENX, THIV  BAYR), living
    
    f.  Circumstances of Capture. On  25 Feb 71, the F-55 Regt, 9th Div,
ambushed an unidentified ARVN supply convoy in the HAM BE jungle area, KOMPONG
CHAM Province, CAMBODIA. The next day, Source and three other,s went to
reconnoiter near the ARVN convoy and were sighted by the ARVN troops. Source's
companions were killed, and he tried to surrender. Source raised his arms,
but was shot and taken prisoner.
    
    g. Significant Activities. In 1958,  Source attended the village school at
his POB for sex months. He quit school and went to work with his parents on
the family rice paddy until  1965. In Aug 65, Source joined the local VC.
From  early Aug to early Nov 65, Source and about 100 new recruits walked to
BINH DUONG  Province, RVN. Upon arriving, Source received no training, but was
assigned as a carrier to the B-9 Rear Service Station, C-1 Military Staff, 9th
Div. In Jul 67, Source was promoted to assistant squad leader, in Dec 69 to
squad leader and in late Sell 7O to assistant platoon leader. These
promotions did not bring about a change of jobs. On 29 Sep 70, he was sent to
the Platoon Cadre Training School, 9th Div (aka Z-30 Battalion Platoon Cadre
School), for three months. In early Jan 71, Source was assigned as assistant
platoon leader of the 1st Plat, 12th Co, D-6 Bn, F-55 Regt, 9th Div. He
remained with the unit until his DOC, on 25 Feb 71.
    
    h. Additional References: CMIC  PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; Map:
CAMBODIA, AMS Series L7016, Sheets 6131 I and 6131 II, Edition 1, dtd 1965,
Scale 1:50,000,  525 MI Gp PW  Photo Album, dtd 10 Nov 68
    
2. (C) PW Sighting in SVAY REING  Province, CAMBODIA:
    
    a. Circumstances of Sighting. In Feb or Mar  69, Source was on a food
purchasing mission going to a Vietnamese settlement in BO  HUC area, CAMBODIA
(exact location unknown). Source saw two PW being led by five VC guards,
walking on an ox-cart trail between YOM GIUA Village (WT969696), TAY NINH
Province, NVN, and Hwy 1 in SVAY  RIENG Province, CAMBODIA (Source thought the
group was still in CAMBODIA.)  Some of the five VC guards were armed (NFI).
Source saw  the PW  for about three minutes from a distance of about six
meters. The PW did not seem to have been maltreated by their captors. The PW
were loosely bound by the elbows, were barefoot, and were blindfolded. The two
PW  were separated by two VC guards. one of the PW, who had a dark complexion,
was Philippino (hearsay from another bystander) (NFI). The PW were heading
towards XOM GIUA Village (WT969696) in TAY NINH Province, RVN.
    
    b. Description of PW: 
    
            (1) Identification:
    
                    (a) Names: Unknown
    
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                    (b) Ranks and Branch of Service: Unknown

                    (c) Nationality: US (hearsay)

                    (d) Physical Decription:

                        1 PW  No 1:

                          Height: 1 1.80m

                          Weight: 85kg

                          Color of Hair and Eyes: Hair, black; eyes, not
visible

                          Race: Caucasian

                          Complexion: Dark

                          Hair Length: Medium

                          Nose: Not visible under blindfold

                          Scars:  None visible

                          Tattoos: None visible

                          Birthmarks: None visible

                          Build: Husky

                          Age: 26 (estimate)

                          Eyeglasses: None seen

                        2 PW No 2:

                          Height: 1.70m

                          Weight: 70kg

                          Color of Hair and Eyes:  Hair, black; eyes, not
visible
    
                          Race: Caucasian

                          Complexion: Medium

                          Hair Length: Medium

                          Nose: Not visible under blindfold

                          Scars: None visible
    
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                          Tattoos: None visible

                          Birthmarks: None visible

                          Build: Husky

                          Age: 26 (estimate)

                          Glasses:  None seen
    
                          Rings/Watches:  None  seen
    
    (2) Clothing Worn by PW: The clothing of both PW resembled US Army
noncamouflaged tropical fatigues.  The clothing of PW No 2 was noticeably
more faded than the clothing of PW No 1.
    
    (3) Physical Condition: The PW appeared uninjured and healthy.
    
    c. Evacuation  Procedures.  Source knew nothing about the evacuation
procedures involved.
    
    d. Photo Identification. Source examined the US PW Photo Album but could
make no positive identification because the faces of the PW were only
partially  exposed.
    
(C) COMMENTS:  Source scored Low (10) on the Cross cultural IQ Test. He was in
pain and appeared to be in very poor health. He was cooperative,  and his
replies to control questions were consistent.
    
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