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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:  VN, HAI HUNG Province    8. REPORT NUMBER:  6 029 0868 71

2.  SUBJECT:  (U) Death  of a US Pilot 9. DATE OF REPORT: 6 Sep 71
    Shot Down Over HAI HUNG Province, NVN           (handwritten-W31437)

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES:  4

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600  691.100   11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 6G3, 1A3, 1K11, 1K12
               723.000  754.000                       SICR:  D-6C2-26423
                                                      MACV ICP:  OIR-1
                                                      BRIGHT LIGHT
4. DATE OF INFORMATION:  Oct 67   12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ:  CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                           18 Jul 71
                                       13. PREPARED BY:  CARL K. DAVIS
                                                         SP5, USA
6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F   INFORMATION  6
    
7. SOURCE:  Returnee Interrogation     14. APPROVING AUTHORITY:  (SIGNED)
                                                      PAUL G. SPERO
                                                      LTC, USA
                                                      Dir, US Elm, CMIC


15. SUMMARY
    
    (C) This report contains hearsay information concerning the death
    of a US pilot shot down over HAI HUNG Province, NVN, to include circum-
    stances of death and recovery of the pilot's remains.  Also included is
    hearsay information concerning regular Chicom units operating in HAI
    HUNG Province, NVN, to include strength level, areas of operation, a
    description of uniforms worn,  Chicom policy on treatment of US PW, and
    the relationship between Chicom units and NVA units in HAI HUNG
    Province, NVN.
    THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name:  NGUYEN DUY BINH (NGUYEENX, ZUT BINHS), CMIC 0312-71
        
        b. Rank:  SGT

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Asst Cheif;     Military
Personnel Section, J-95 Regt, Rear Service Office, T-7

        d. DPOB:  Sep 45; THANH HONG Village, THNAH HA District, HAI HUNG
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, NGUYEN DUY BAT (NGUYEENX, ZUY BATV), deceased;
Mother, PHUONG THI CHE (FUOWNGL, THIV CHER), living

    f. Circumstances of Return. Source requested permission to attend
officers' training school, but was turned down. The cadre suspected him or
wanting to desert the unit to rally. On 29 Dec 70, the cadre sent out security
guards, when Source was discovered missing. One of the security guards caught
up with Source and an argument occurred. Source killed the guard and rallied
at the DAC CAI Post, PHUONG LAM Village, DINH QUAN District, LONG KHANH
Province, RVN.
    
   g. Significant Activities:
    
            (1) DOB to 2 Jan 68 From 1953 to 1957, Source attended his village
school and then attended the-THANH CUONG Village School, THANH HA District,
HAI HUNG Province, NVN, from 1957 to 1961. From 1961 to 1964, he continued his
studies at the TU KY District School, HAI HUNG Province. He then worked as a
carpenter at his POB until he was drafted into the NVA in Sep 65. Source was
assigned to the 15th Co, 9th Bn, 8th Regt, 320th Div, located in a jungle area
of CHI LINH District, HAI HUNG Province. He worked as a clerk for the 15th Co,
and during this period of time, he received basic infantry training three to
four  hours  a day. Source then attended the administration training course
for noncommissioned  officers given by the cadre of the 320th Div in CHI LINH
District for 25 days. After the completion of this course, he was assigned as
a clerk in the headquarters of the 9th Bn, 8th Regt, 320th Div. His work
consisted of maintaining a list of the personnel and weapons of the battalion
and submitting weekly and monthly reports to the Military Personnel Section,
8th Regt, 320th Div. He did this work until 2 Jan 68.
    
            (2) 2 Jan 68 to Apr 69. On 2 Jan 68, the 9th Bn, 8th Regt, 320th
Div, was designated the 297th Infil Gp and, with an approximate strength of
600 men, left the jungle area of CHI LINH District, HAI HUNG Province, on
foot. The  e group arrived in the KATUM area, in Jul 68. Source contracted
malaria and was sent to the K-20 Hospital and then the K-30 Hospital, both
located in the KATUM area. In Sep 68, he was released from the K-30 Hospital
and assigned to the 3d Bn, A-57  Regt,  R, located in the KATUM area. Source
worked as a clerk in the 3d Bn Hq, where he maintained lists of the personnel
and equipment of the battalion. In Oct 68, the A-57 Regt moved to PHUOC LONG
Province, RVN, and conducted operations in this province until Dec 68, when
the A-57 Regt moved to the BAO BINH area, PHUOC TUY Province. In Apr 69,
Source was sent  to the regimental dispensary, where he was treated for
Jaundice until Jun 69.
    
            (3) Jun 69 to DOR. In Jun 69, Source was released from the A-57
Regt Dispensary  and was sent  to the 80A Convalescent Group, 84th Rear
Service, located along the DONG NAI River, LONG KHANH Province, where he
rested for 20 days. He then worked as a clerk in the headquarter of the 80A
Convalescent Group until Jan 70. Source was then assigned as the third
assistant    of the Military Personnel Section, A-57 Regt, R, located on the
ONG Mountain, BINH TUY Province. Source maintained

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records of the personnel and equipment of the entire regiment, and held his
position until Hay 70. In May 70, while Source was on a rice-procurement
mission, his group hit a claymore mine. Source was taken to the A-57 Regt
Dispensary, where he was treated for shock for 17 days. In Jun 70, Source was
sent to the 400th Convalescent Station located along the DA QUAY River, DINH
QUAN District, LONG KHANH Province, where he rested for 15 days. He was then
assigned as assistant chief of the Personnel Section, J-95 Regt, Rear Service
Office, T-7, located near the DA HOUAI Stream, DINH QUAN District, LONG KHANH
Province. The mission of the J-95 Regt was to provide supplies to the units
subordinate to T-7. Source worked in the Personnel Section until he rallied on
29  Dec 70.
    
    h. Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; 525 MI Gp PW
Photo Album, dtd 10 Nov 68; Map: VIETNAM, AMS Series L7014, Sheets 6250 I and
6251 II, Edition 1, dtd 1965, Scale 1:50,000; MACV IDHS PW Biographical File,
dtd 16 Jul 71
    
2. (C) Death of a US Pilot Shot Down Over HAI HUNG  Province, NVN. The
following information is based on SICR D-6C2-26423 (PW Information, NVN):
    
    a. Circumstances of Death. During Oct 67 (exact day unknown), while Source
was assigned as a clerk in the headquarters section of the 9th Bn, 8th Regt,
320th Div, he observed a US jet aircraft (type unknown) attack the LAI  OU
Bridge (vic XJ447196) which spanned the RANG River in CHI LINH District, HAI
HUNG Province, NVN. The headquarters section of the 9th Bn was also located in
CHI LINH District (vic XJ434219) The aircraft wee hit by antiaircraft fire
from four antiaircraft sites located at (vic XJ440197, XJ451200, XJ456189, and
XJ443187) (exact type of weapons and unit designation unknown), near the LAI
OU Bridge. The aircraft was moving from the south to the north when it was hit
by the antiaircraft fire. The aircraft continued to move north as the pilot
ejected; it crashed in an unknown location. The pilot was observed to have
landed in the vicinity of (XJ3929). Source's unit, the 9th Bn, sent a squad
of soldiers to bring the pilot back for delivery to HAI  DUONG City. When they
returned, they related the following information, which Source later put into
a report for 8th Regt Hq: the pilot had ejected safely, but his parachute had
become entangled in the branches of a tall tree,and he was left helplessly
suspended from the tree. He was  first discovered by an unknown number of
regular Chinese Communist soldiers, who were members of a Chinese unit (size
and designation unknown), operating in the general area where the pilot
landed. The soldiers killed the pilot, where he was suspended, with automatic
weapon fire (Source assumed the weapons used were AK-47s) and then continued
to use the body for target practice until there was nothing left of the body
except two legs which had fallen to the ground. Upon arrival of the NVA squad
from the 9th Bn, the Chinese soldiers readily admitted what they had done.
    
    b. Recovery of Remains. The NVA squad took the two legs and the parachute
and harness back to the 9th Bn Hq. Source did observe the legs; although they
were badly mutilated, he did notice that the boots were  all leather and
black. Source did not know the final disposition of the remains.

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    c. Chinese Communist Units in HAI HUNG Province, NVN (DOI: 2 Jan 68):
    
            (1) Strength. Source had heard that there were three or four
regular Chinese Communist divisions operating in HAI HUNG Province, NVN (sic).
He did not know their mission or unit designations.
    
            (2) Areas of Operations. Source was unable to provide any exact
locations of areas of operation, but knew that the majority of these Chinese
units were located in the sparsely populated areas north of HAI DUONG City
(NFI);
    
            (3) Description of Uniforms. Source had observed Chinese soldiers
on several occasions. They wore blue uniforms similar to the NVA khaki
uniform. They also wore green baseball caps which had a red cloth circle
(three to four centimeters in diameter) on the front over the peak. Inside
this circle was a yellow star. The soldiers normally carried A

            (4) Chinese Communist Policy on the Treatment of US PW. The
Chicom units in HAI DUONG Province had a reputation of harboring extreme
hatred for US pilots, and it was not suprising to Source that they had killed
and mutilated the US pilot. Source assumed this hatred came from memories of
the Korean Conflict.
    
            (5) Communist China/NVA Relations in HAI HUNG Province, NVN.
Chinese and NVA soldiers did not usually associate with each other. Chinese
units were usually located in sparsely populated areas to avoid conflicts. The
only mayor problem encountered was the differing attitudes concerning the
treatment of US PW. The Chinese units prefered to take out their hatred on the
PW, whereas the NVA unit preferred humane treatment according to the Geneva
Convention (sic). The incident involving the killing of the US pilot by the
Chicom soldiers was reported through NVA channels; Source assumed that some
sort of punishment would be considered; however, he never heard of any such
punishment having been administered.
    
        d. Biographical Correlation. The date of capture and general location
of capture as provided by Source was cross referenced with corresponding
information in the MACV IDHS PW Biographical File. There are no US PW listed
as having been captured or missing in action within 10 kilometers of the
location provided by Source during the time frame provided by Source.
    
    e. Photo Identification. Since Source had never seen the face of the PW
described in this report, no photo identification could be made.
    
(U) COMMENTS:  Source was very cooperative throughout the interrogation; his
replies to control questions were consistent, and he seemed to be of above
average intelligence. This report partially satisfies the requirements of SICR
D-6C2-26423.
    
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