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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, RVN MR-3, BIEN HOA    8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0867 71

2.  SUBJECT: (U) US PW Sighting in Bien  9. DATE OF REPORT:  14 Aug 71
             HOA Province, RVN                       (handwritten-W31437)

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES: 6

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


4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Dec 69         12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          2 Aug 71
                                       13. PREPARED BY: ARTHUR A. BOULETTE
                                                         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 informationconcerning the sighting of three US
PW in BIEN HOA, Province, RVN, to include the circumstances of capture,
treatment, physical description, and method of evacuation.  THIS IS A BRIGHT
LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name:  DAO VAN NAM (DAOL, VEAN NAM), CMIC 0278-71

        b. Rank: PFC

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment:  Soldier; 3d Sqd, 2d Plat, 3d
Sapper Co, 7th Bn, Group 10, MR-3

        d. DPOB: 10 Nov 51; BA LANG Village, KINHGIUA Canal, NGHI SON
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

Postal Registry No. 2156

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    e. Parents' Names: Father, DAO VAN VE (DAOL, VEAN VEEV), living;
Mother, HOANG THI CHAN (HOANGL, THIV CHAAN), living
    
    f. Circumstances of Capture. On 25 Mar 71, Source's company launched an
attack on the XA RO ARYN Outpost, BAU VUNG Hamlet (vic WQ0996), CAI NUOU
District, AN XUYEN Province, RVN. During the attack, Source was wounded and
later captured (vic WQ107983).
    
    g. Significant Activities:
    
    (1) DOB to Dec 68. Source attended the village school from 1964 to 1967,
and he then worked on his parent's farm until he joined the NVA in Feb 68. He
was assigned to the 3d Sqd, 4th Plat, 3d Co, 2d Bn, MR-III, located in the DAF
TROI area, NHO QUAN District, NINH BINH Province. From Feb to Apr 68, Source
received basic infantry training. In Apr 68, the 2d Bn was designated the 7009
Infiltration Group and, with a strength of approximately 500 men, began
infiltrating to the RVN, arriving in KONTUM Province in Jul 68. From JPl to
Dec 68, the group received sapper training. After completing this training,
the cadre of the 2d Bn returned to NVN, and the personnel of the 7009
Infiltration Group were assigned to the 27th Regt, WS-5. Source was assigned
to the 2d Sqd, 4th Plat, 4th Co, 227th Bn, 27th Regt.
    
    (2) Dec 69 to DOC. The 227th Bn, 27th Regt, left the T-9 Commo-liaison
Station area in KONTUM Province, and proceeded along the Cambodian border,
arriving in the NHUNG Stream area, LONG KHANH Province, at the end of Jan 69.
For the next three months, the unit received political training and reviewed
sapper training. In May 69, the 227th Bn moved to the SUOI MA area, LONG
KHANH Province, RVN, where they conducted operations against Allied forces in
that area until the end of Dec 69. The 27th Regt moved into CAMBODIA and
crossed KOMPONG CHAM and SVAY RIENG Provinces, arriving at the VINH TE
Canal area in May 7O. In Jun 70, The 27th Regt was reorganized and formed
the 10th Group with three battalions designated AP-7, AP-8, and AP-9. Source
was assigned to the 3d Sqd, 2d Plat, 3d Co, 7th Bn, 10th Croup, MR-3. The
overall mission of the 10th Group was to conduct operations in AN XUYEN
Province against ARVN posts near the VC-controlled areas. In Sep 70, Source's
company moved to ONG KHAM Hamlet (vic WQ0395), CAI NUOC District, AN XUYEN
Province. From Sep 70 to his DOC, the company attacked ARVN posts in the CAI
NUOC District. On 25 Mar 71, during an attack on an hRVN outpost, Source was
wounded and later captured.
    
    h. Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide;
U5 PW Photo Album, Hq, 525 MI Group, dtd 10 Nov 68; MACV IDHS PW
BIOGRAPHICAL File, dtd 16 Jul 71
    
2. (C) Sighting of three US PW in BIEN HOA Province, RVN:
    
    a. Circumstances of Sighting. In mid-Dec 69 (exact date unknown), Source
was in the 3d Company's base camp, in the jungle near Highway
    
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10, BIEN HOA Province, RVN (exact location unknown). Source observed three US
PW being guarded by five NVA soldiers who belonged to the Recon Plat, 7th Bn,
27th Regt. Four of these guards were armed with AK-47s, and the other carried
a K-54 pistol. The sighting lasted for about 10 minutes because the guards
took a break at the base camp. Two of the FW were being transported on foot
and had their hands tied together in front of their bodies. The other PW was
wounded and was being carried in a hammock by two of the guards. The PW were
not blindfolded.
    
    b. Description of PW:
    
       (1) Identification of PW Number 1:

            (a) Name: Unknown

            (b) Rank and Branch of Service: SSG; Army

            (c) Nationality: American (Assumed)
    
            (d) Physical Description:
    
                  1 Height: 1.7Cm
    
                  2 Weight: 73kg

                  3 Color of Hair and Eyes: Brown; Blue
    
                  4 Race: Caucasian

                  5 Complexion: Light

                  6 Hair Length: Medium

                  7 Nose: Small, but crooked

                  8 Scars: Unknown

                  9 Tattoos: Tattoo on left forearm of a snake coiled around a
sword.
    
                  10 Birthmarks: Unknown

                  11 Build: Large (Fat)
                                  
                  12 Age: 22

                  13 Glasses Worn: None
    
                  14 Rings/Watches: PW wore a gold ring with a blue stone, and
a watch with a silver band (brand name unknown).
    
         (2) Identification of PW Number  2:

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            (a) Name: Unknown

            (b) Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown; Unknown

            (c) Nationality: American (Assumed)

            (d) Physical Description:
    
                    1 Height: 1.70m

                    2 Weight: 68kg

                    3 Color of Hair and Eyes: Black; Hazel

                    4 Race: Caucasian
    
                    5 Complexion: Light

                    6 Hair Length: Medium

                    7 Nose: Large

                    8 Scars: Unknown

                    9 Tattoos: Unknown

                    10 Birthmarks: Unknown

                    11 Build: Medium

                    12 Age: 24

                    13 Glasses Worn: None

                    14 Rings/Watches: PW wore a watch with a silver band

         (3) Identification of PW Number 3:
    
            (a) Name: Unknown

            (b) Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown; Unknown

            (c) Nationality: American (Assumed)

            (d) Physical Description:

                    1 Height: 1.67m

                    2 Weight: 69kg

                    3 Color of Hair and Eyes: Black; Unknown

                    4 Race: Caucasian

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                    5 Complexion: Light

                    6 Hair Length: Medium

                    7 Nose: Small

        (4) Clothing Worn by PW. All three PW wore jungle fatigues and were
barefooted. PW Number 1 wore staff sergeant rank insignia on his collar.
Source did not notice any rank insignia on the other two PW. PW Number 1 also
wore a unit insignia patch which Source identified as that of the 11th Armored
Cav Regt. The other two PW also wore unit insignia, but Source could not
remember the design.
    
         (5) Physical Condition. PW Nunber 1 was wounded in the left arm and
in the head. He was conscious and appeared to be severely wounded. Both the
arm and head wound were bandaged and the bleeding had stopped. The other two
PW did not have any visible wounds and appeared healthy. Source could not
furnish any additional information concerning the physical condition of the
three FW.
    
         (6) Personal Information. Source was unable to furnish any
information on this subject. He did not speak with the PW and as far as he
knew neither did the guards.
    
         (7) Capture Data. The three US PW were captured in mid-Dec 69, by
elements of the 2d Co, 4th Bn, 27th Regt, while attacking an unknown American
outpost along Highway 10 in BIEN HOA Province. Source obtained this
information from one of the guards.
    
    c. Evacuation Procedures. Source could not furnish any information
concerning evacuation procedures with the exception that the PW were being
taken to the 7th Bn Headquarters, which was located about one kilometer from
the 3d Company's base camp.
    
    d. Photo Identification. Source was shown the 525 HI Gp US PW Photo Album,
but could not make any identifications from this album.
    
    e. Biographical Correlation. The date of capture and general location of
capture as provided by Source were cross referenced with corresponding
information in the MACV IDHS PW Biographical File. The following US PW are
currently carried as MIA/BNR by MACV JPRC in the same general location and
time frame:
    
         JPRC NUMBER             NAME                     STATUS
    
              1529              DRIVER, DALLAS A            BNR
    
              1530              GARBETT, JIMMY RAY          BNR
    
              1531              SUYDAM,, JAMES L            BNR
    
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              1612              MOORE, RAYMOND GREGORY      BNR
    
              1543              BAILEY, JAMES A             BNR
    
              1544              TURNER, JAMES HENRY         BNR
    
Since the 525 M1 Gp Photo Album does not contain photos of the above US PW,
MACV JPRC was contacted concerning photos of these US PW. Qn 5 Aug 71, a JPRC
representative brought photos of the above US PW on to CMIC. Source was shown
these photos and was unable to make an identification. He stated that even if
he saw a picture of the same US PW, he would not be able to identify it as all
US personnel look alike to him.
    
3. (C) Additional Information: The following is a description of the
interrogator as provided by Source aubmitted for comparative purposes.
    
                     Estimated                 Actual
    
        Age             23                      23

        Height          1.92m                   1.94m

        Weight          65kg                    80kg
    
        Build           Medium                  Medium
    
(U) COMMENTS: Source was cooperative and his responses to control questions
were consistent throughout the interrogation. Source was adminiatered the
Cross-Cultural IQ Test and scored Average (14). The six US PW listed in
paragraph 2. e. were in the same helicopter when it went down in the DONG NAI
River.
    
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