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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, CHUONG THIEN Province  8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0847 71

2.  SUBJECT: (U) US PW Sighting in CHUONG   DATE OF REPORT: 6 Sep 71
             THIEN Province, RVN                     (handwritten-W31437)

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES: 4

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


4. DATE OF INFORMATION: 20 Jul 64      12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          27 Jul 71
                                       13. PREPARED BY: NELS M. SATHER
                                                         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 on two US PW sighted in KIEN
HUNG District, CHUONG THIEN Province, RVN, to include circumstances of
sighting, description of the PW, clothing worn by the PW, physical
condition, capture data, and evacuation procedures. THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT
REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name:  NGUYEN VAN HAI (NGUYEENX, VEAN HAI), aka BA TRUONG
(BA, TRUOWNG), aka DUY CUONG (ZUY, CUOWNG), CMIC 0322-71

        b. Rank: Equivalent to battalion executive officer

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Chief of Military Staff and
Planning; Forward Rear Service, Pear Service Staff, MR-3

        d. DPOB: 1930; DA PHUOC HOT Village, MO CAY District, KIEN HOA
Provicne, 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 TU (NGUYEENX, VEAN TUW), living;
Mother, NGUYEN THI CANH (NGUYEENX, THIV CANHR), living

        f. Circumstances of Return. On 23 Apr 71, Source rallied to ARVN
personnel at the RACH GOC Outpost (vic WR377726), VINH HOA HUNG Village, KIEN
HUNG District, CHUONG THIEN Province, RVN. He was tired of the poor living
conditions and the constant friction between the older and younger cadre.

        g. Significant Activities:

         (1) DOB to Oct 61. From 1937 to 1942, Source attended school at his
FOB. From 1942 to 1948, he stayed at home. From 1948 to 1951, Source worked
for the VIET MINH forces in M0 CAY District, KIEN HOA Province. From 1951 to
Nov 54, he was a member of the 9th Sqd, C Plat, 936 Co, 308th Bn, Western NAM
BO Region, located in CA MAU (VIET MINH) Province. In Nov 54, Source was
assigned to the 2d Bn, 2d Regt, and regrouped to NORTH VIETNAM, traveling on a
Polish ship from CA MAU (VIET MINH )Province to SAM SON Port, THANH HOA
Province, NVN. From Dec 54 to Sep 57, he was an administrator and armorer for
the 10th Co, 3d Bn, 556th Regt, 330th Div, located in HAU LOC District, THANH
HOA Province. From Sep 57 to Sep 59, Source studied the processes for the
utilization of ore in heavy industry; the course was conducted at the VAN NAM
Iron Company located in VAN NAM Province (sic), COMMUNIST CHINA. From Sep 59
to Oct 61, he was a technical cadre at the CO DINH Chromite Mine, located in
NONG CONG District,  THANH HOA Province.

        (2) Oct 61 to Apr 69. From Oct 61 to Jun 63, Source received extensive
infantry, infiltration, and political training with the 49th and 61st Groups,
338th Bd, located in HA TAY Province, NVN. From  Jun to Nov 63, Source
infiltrated to the RVN with the H-18 Group. From Nov 63 to Jan 64, he traveled
from PHUOC LONG Province to CA MAU (VC) Province, RVN. From Jan to Jul 64,
Source was an instructor and platoon leader in the 3d Plat, 2d Co, 303d Bn,
D-2 Regt, MR-3, located in SONG ONG DOC District, AN XUYEN Province, RVN. In
Jul 64, Source was wounded in the leg and was evacuated to the V-24 Hospital,
MR-3, located in VINH THUAN (VC) District, RACH GIA (VC) Province, where he
remained for treatment until Nov 64. From Nov 64 to May 66, he received
treatment at the K-50 Hospital, MR-3, located in AN BIEN (VC) District, RACH
GIA (VC) Province. From May 65 to Apr 66, Source was the assistant political
officer for the Junior Cadre Training School, MR-3, attached to the D-2 Regt,
located in SONG ONG DOC District. From Apr 66 to Feb 67, he was the political
officer for the D-2 Regt Hospital, D-2 Regt, MR-3, located in AN BIEN (VC)
District. From Feb to May 67, Source was a staff assistant in the Personnel
Section, Military Staff, D-2 Regt, BR-3, located in LONG MY District, CHUONG
THIEN Province. From May to Sep 67, he awaited reassignment at the Political
Staff, MR-3, located in AN BIEN (VC) District. From Sep 67 to Apr 69, Source
was a staff assistant in the Personnel Section, Military Staff, BR-3, located
at several different locations within the MR-3 area of operations.

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        (3) Apr 69 to DOR. From Apr to Jun 69, Source was the commander of the
7th Co, V-196B Trans Bn, MR-3, located in KIEN TAN and KIEN BINH Districts,
KIEN GIANG Province. From Jun to Sep 69, he was the executive officer of the
V-196B Bn, located in the same districts. From Sep 69 to Jul 70, Source was
the commander of the V-196B Bn, located in KIEN GIANG Province. In Jul 70, was
reassigned, and the  V-196B Bn moved to the NAM CAN area, AN XUYEN Province in
order to conduct operations. From Jul to  Sep 70, Source received briefings at
the Forward Rear Service, Rear Service Staff, MR-3, located at VINH HOA
Village, KIEN LONG District, CHUONG THIEN Province. From Sep 70 to DOR, Source
was the chief of the Military Staff and Planning, Forward Rear Service, Rear
Service Staff, MR-3. From Sep 70 to Apr 71, Source had the mission to prepare
a new infiltration route to the U MINH Forest and to coordinate the operation
of the route. In Feb 71, a group of approximately 1000 NVA soldiers,
designated the 610 Group, utilized the route. In Apr 71, Source received
orders to report to the Forward Rear Service, located at (vic WR147633);
however, on 23 Apr 71, he returned to ARVN personnel.

        h. Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; 525 MI
Group US PW Photo Album, dtd 10 Nov 68; Map: VIETNAM AMS Series L7014, Sheet
6028 II, Edition 1, dtd 1965, Scale 1:50,000

2.   US PW Sighting in CHUONG THIEN Province, RVN:

       a. Circumstances of Sighting. Source first observed two US PW at 0900
hours, on 20 Jul 64, at (vic WR415767), in KIEN HUNG District, CHUONG THIEN
Province, RVN, immediately after contact between the 303d Bn, 2d Regt, MR-3,
and  an unidentified ARVN unit. Source was the executive officer of the 2d Co,
303d Bn, and had the mission of clearing the battlefield, when the sighting
took place. Source observed the two US PW for approximately three minutes at a
distance of 30 meters. The two PW were guarded by two squads (15 men) of the
3d Co, 303d Bn, armed with red stock rifles, K-50 SMGs, M-1 carbines, and M-1
Garants. The two US PW were not wearing combat boots when the sighting
occurred. They were then taken to the 2d Regt headquarters at (vic  WR419771).
At 0930 hours, Source again observed the two US PW at the 2d Regt headquarters
for approximately five minutes at a distance of three meters, sitting in an
uncovered bunker. The PW were surrounded by a large group of cadre and
soldiers, and it was impossible to determine the number of guards.
        
        b. Description of PW:  

                (1) Identification. Due to passage of time, Source could
provide no identification of the two US PW, other than they were both Negroes
and advisors (hearsay).

                (2) Clothing Worn by PW. The two US PW wore jungle fatigues.
They wore no hats or boots. Their uniforms were covered with mud, making it
impossible to identify any markings or rank.
         
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                (3) Physical Condition. Both US PW seemed to be in good
physical condition; neither required medical attention.

                (4) Capture Data. On the night of 19 Jul 64, the 303d Bn, 2d Regt,
MR-3, had the mission of preventing ARVN reinforcements from reaching XANG CUT
Post at (vic WR365690), where unidentified ARVN units were under attack by the
306th Bn, 2d Regt, MR-3. Unidentified ARVN reinforcements were attacked along
Highway 31 at (vic WR10768 to vic WR434767) on the morning of 20 Jul 64, by
the 303d Bn. The battalion-sized ARVN unit was defeated. Two Americans, along
with approximately 50 ARVN soldiers, were captured by the 3d Co, 303d Bn. The
two US PW were guarded by two squads of the 3d Plat, 3d Co, 303d Bn. They were
forced to take off their boots. At the time of capture, the two US were not
physically hindered or mistreated in any  way.

        c. Evacuation Procedures. Source was told by men in the 303d Bn that
the two US PW were taken to MR-3 headquarters in the U MINH Forest (exact
location unknown) (NFI).

        d. Biographical Correlation. The date and location of capture, as
provided by Source, was cross referenced with corresponding information in the
MACV IDHS PW Biographical File. It was discovered that no one is listed as
MIA, BNR, or CPT in the grid square provided by source (WR) for the entire
year of 1964.

        e. Photo Identification. Source was shown the 525th HI Gp PW Photo
Album and was unable to make an identification.

(U) COMMENTS: Source was very cooperative throughout the interrogation but did
not volunteer information; he was of average intelligence.

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