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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: VS, MR-3, BINH TUY Province 8. REPORT NUMBER:  6 029 0874 71

2.  SUBJECT:  (U)  Sighting of Three US PW  9. DATE OF REPORT:  6 Sep 71
               in BINH TUY Province, RVN            (handwritten-W31437)

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES:  5

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM:  6G1, 6G3
                                                      BRIGHT LIGHT


4. DATE OF INFORMATION:    June 70    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:  Returnne 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 three US PW, in BINH TUY Province, RVN, to include the circumstances
    of sighting, description of the PW, and VC/NVA policy concerning the
    treatment of US PW. THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name:  NGUYEN DUY BINH (NGUYEENX, ZUY BINHS), CMIC 0312-71

        b. Rank:  SGT

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

        d. DPOB:  Sep 45; THANH HONG Village, THANH 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 GHE (FUOWNGL, THIV GHER), living
    
    f. Circumstances of Return. Source requested permission to attend an
officer's training school, but was turned down. The cadre suspected him of
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 650
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) Jan 68 to Apr 69. On 2 Jan 68, the 9th Bn 8th Regt, 320th
Div, was designated the 297th Infiltration Group and, with an approximate
strength of 600 men, left the Jungle area of CHI LINH District, HAI HUNG
Province, on foot. The group arrived in the KATUM area, CAMBODIA. in Jul 68.
Source contracted malaria and was sent to and then the K-30 Hospital, both
located in the KATUM 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 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-57th 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
Regiment Dispensary and was sent to the 801 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 headquarters of the 80A
Convalescent Group until Jan 70. Source was
    
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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
records of the personnel and equipment of the entire regiment, and held this
position until May 70. In May 70, while Source was on a rice-procurement
misaion, his group hit a Claymore mine. Source was taken to the A-57 Rogiment
Diapensary, 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 KHINH 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 QUIN District, LONG KHANH
Province. The mission of tho 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; US PW Photo
Album, Hq, 525th MI Gp, dtd 10 Nov 68; Map: VIETNAM, AMS Series L7014, Sheet
6531 II, Edition 1, dtd 1965, Scale 1:50,000
    
2. (C) Sighting of Three US PW in BINH TUY Province, RVN:
    
    a. Circumstances of Sighting. In early May 70, while Source was the third
assistant of tho Military Personnel Section of h-57 Regt, R, he was wounded by
a Claymore mine while on a rice-procurement mission. He was sent to the A-57
Regt Dispensary where he was treated for shock for approximately 17 days. The
A-57 Regt Dispensary was located on the eastern slope of ONG Mountain (vic
ZT0625), TANH LINH District, BINH TUY Province, RVN.  In early Jun 70, Source
and 30 other patients were sent from the A-57 Regt Dispensary to the 400th
Convalescent Station which was located along the DA QUAY River (exact location
unknown), in DINH QUAN District, LONG KHANH Province, RVN. The trip from A-57
Regt Dispensary to the 400th Convalescent Station took four days. During the
first day of travel, Source observed three US PW who were working in a manioc
field. The PW were helping the guards dig up manioc.  The date of the sighting
was early Jun 70 (exact day unknown); it was approximately 1500 hours; and the
approximate location was a hilly area (vic ZT1224) in TANH LINH District, BINH
TUY Province, RVN. Source observed the PW from a distance of approximately 30
meters for five to 10 minutes. Source and his companions were walking
northwest on a small trail and observed the PW and their guards working in the
field 30 meters to their left. There were small  bushes and trees between the
trail and the field which made observation difficult o Source assumed that the
PW and guards were aware of their presence; although no conversation took
place between the two groups. There was approximately ono platoon of guards
(exact number unknown). Source did not know whether they were NVA or VC nor
did he know their unit designation. The guards were all armed with AK-47s and
CKCs (exact number of each unknown). AI1 wore various types of dark-colored
pajamas; some wore soft, green jungle hats, and all wore HO CHI MINH sandals.
The PW were not bound or blindfolded and showed no signs of being maltreated.
    
    b. Description of PW:

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    (1) Identification:
    
      (a) PW Number 1
    
          1 Name: Unknown

          2 Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown;  Unknown

          3 Nationality: American (assumed)

          4 Physical Description

               a  Height: Unknown

               b  Weight: Unknown

               c  Color of Hair and Eyes: Blond; Unknown

               d  Race: Caucasian

               e  Complexion: Light

               f  Hair Length: Medium

               g  Mustache/Beard: PW had a mustache (NFI)

               h  Nose: Unknown

               i  Tattoos, Scars, and Birthmarks: None visible

               j  Build: Medium

               k  Age: Approximately 35

               l  Glasses Worn: None

               m Rings/Watches: None visible
    
             (b) FW Number 2 and 3. Source did not get a good look at PW
number 2 and 3. Ho could give no physical description other than the fact that
they were both American (assumed), and one was Negro and the other was
Caucasian (NFI).
    
        (2) Clothing worn by PW. All three PW were wearing light-colored VC
pajamas and wore no hats. Source could not see their feet and did not know
what type of footwear they had. Source observed no rank or unit insignia.
    
        (3) Physical Condition of PW: All three PW appeared to be in good
physical condition. Source saw no bandages of any type.
    
    c. VC/NVA Policy Concerning the Treatment and Disposition of PW. Source
knew of no policy or instructions in his unit concerning the

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treatment of PW. Source learned through conversations with the A-57 Regt
political officer, LTC DINH VAN DAT (DINHL, VEAN DAT), that all US and third
country PW were to be sent to CAMBODIA for further movement through LAOS to
NVN. ARVN PW were of a lesser priority and were only sent north when
convenient (NF1).
    
    d. Biographical Correlation. No biographical correlation could be made due
to the lack of capture data.
    
    e. Photo Identification. Source was shown the 525 HI Gp FW Photo Album and
was unable to make an identification.

(U) COMMENTS: Source was very cooperative throughout the interrogation His
replies to control questions were consistent. He was of above average
intelligence.
    
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