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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 revelatin 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, KAMPOT Province       8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0921 71

2. SUBJECT: (U) Sighting of a US Civilian  9. DATE OF REPORT:  7 Nov 71
              in KAMPOT Province, CAMBODIA           (handwritten-W32453)

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES:  4

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.000                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM:  6G1, 6G3
               723.600                                BRIGHT LIGHT


4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Jan or Feb 71  12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ:  FANK G2 Hq
                           26 Aug 71
                                       13. PREPARED BY:  GREGORY T. HSU
                                                         SP5, USA
6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F   INFORMATION  6
    
7. SOURCE: Returnee Interrogation      14. APPROVING AUTHORITY:  (SIGNED
                                           LaVern A. Gustafson, Maj. for)
                                                      PAUL G. SPERO
                                                      LTC, USA
                                                      Dir, US Elm, CMIC


15. SUMMARY
    
    (C) This report contains information concerning the sighting of a US
    civilian in KAMPOT Province, CAMBODIA, in Jan or Feb 71, to include the
    circumstances of sighting, a physical description of the man, the
    circumstances of his death, and his place of burial.  THIS IS A BRIGHT
    LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name:  PAHL SARIN, CMIC C-3748

        b. Rank:  1LT (Cambodian holding NVA rank)

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment:  Commanding Officer; C-1 Co,
D-410 Bn, PHUOC LONG Group

        d. DPOB:  1942; SOUNG Hamlet, SOUNG District, KOMPONG CHAM Province,
CAMBODIA
    

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, HIN PAL, deceased; Mother, NOR, deceased
    
    f. Circumstances of Return. Following a quarrel between leaders of the
KHMER ROUGE (KR) and the commanders of the PHUOC LONG Group in Aug 71, the KR
leaders ordered all Cambodians in the PHUOC LONG Group to leave the units in
which they were assimilated. Source and 200 other Cambodians were ordered by
the KR leaders to proceed to SRE CHEA Village, KOMPONG TRACH District, COMPETE
Province, where they were to join and take orders from about 25 members of the
local village KR force. The Cambodians found the KRs too austere and also
discovered that the KRs did not want to restore SIHANOUK to power, as they
had previously claimed to induce the Cambodians to rally. The Cambodians
decided to rally en masse,  and sent CPT BO KHIM, the highest ranking
Cambodian in the D-410 Bn, to contact an unidentified FANK unit located at
PONG TUK Village, KOMPONG TRACH District, KAMPOT Province, in order to arrange
the terms of the rally. However, no formal terms were arranged; BO KHIM merely
sent word to Source that he had rallied, persuading Source to do likewise.
Source took the advice, and on 20 Aug 71 also rallied to the unidentified FANK
unit at PONG TUK Village.
    
    g. Significant Activities:
    
            (1) DOB to Mar 70. Source attended the SOUNG District School
located at SOUNG Village, SOUNG District, KOMPONG CHAM Province, from 1956 to
1962.  Upon completion, Source went to a Buddhist monastery located in
STRUNG Hamlet, SOUNG District, aspiring to become a monk; however, he gave up
the effort after a year. From 1963 to 1965, Source worked at the BAN NHE
Rubber Plantation in AN XUYEN Province, RVN (exact location unknown). From
1965 to 1968, Source worked at SVAY MEAS Rubber Plantation, located near SPEU
Village, BOS KHNOR District, KOMPONG CHAM Province. From 1968 until 21 Mar 70,
he worked at a kerosene refinery in KOMPONG SOM City, KAMPOT Province.
    
            (2) Mar 70 to DOR. On 21 Mar 70, Source Joined the T-510 Regt,
PHUOC LONG Group, located at POCHEU Mountain, KOMPONG TRACH District, KAMPOT
Province. Source and the other Cambodians who Joined at that time were merely
attached to the regiment, and did not belong to any particular unit within the
regiment, because it was not yet decided how the Cambodians  would be
assimilated or organized. Source and about 100 other Cambodians were trained
by three NVA cadre (ranks unknown) in basic infantry skills. One month after
the training began, the Cambodian trainees went on operations against both
FANK and ARVN units in KAMPOT Province, led by the VC and NVA cadre. After a
month, the base camp of the T-510 Regt was encircled and placed under seige by
an ARVN unit. After two weeks, Source devised and led an escape of 170 men;
about 300 men were left behind (NFI). For this exploit, Source was made an NVA
1LT, awarded two NVA medals (NFI), and given the command  of the C-1 Co, D-410
Bn, PHUOC LONG Gp, in Jul 70. Except for two minor engagements in KAMPOT
Province, there was a period of inactivity for the D-410 Bn, then located at
CHHUK Village, CHHUK District, KAMPOT Province, until Source's DOR. During
this time, the unit waited for the results of the conference between the
leaders of the KR and the commanders of the PHUOC LONG Group.
    
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    h. Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; Map:
CAMBODIA, AMS Series L7016, Sheets 5831 II and III, Edition 1, dtd 1965, Scale
1:50,000
    
2.   Sighting of a US Civilian in KAMPOT Province, CAMBODIA:
    
    a. Circumstances of Sighting. In Jan or Feb 71, Source and other members
of the D-410 Bn saw a Caucasian male riding on a motorcycle on Route 3,
heading from CHHUK Village, CHHUK District, to KAMPOT City, CAMBODIA. A KR
guard called for the cyclist to halt, but the cyclist ignored the guard who
then shot the cyclist in the left leg. The cyclist lost control of the
motorcycle, which veered off the road and crashed. The men of the D-410 Bn
found the man unconscious. The man died within half an hour after the crash,
without regaining consciousness. Elements of Source's unit, the D-410 Bn, were
stationed in the vicinity of the area where the incident took place and had no
particular mission at the time.
    
    b. Description of the US Civilian:
    
            (a) Name: Unknown
    
            (b) Rank and Branch of Service: Not applicable
    
            (c) Nationality: US (Interrogator's Note: Source received this
information from another member of the battalion who examined the contents of
the dead man's briefcase.)
    
            (d)  Physical Description:

                1 Height: 1.80m

                2 Weight: 83kg

                3 Color of Hair and Eyes: Auburn; blue

                4 Race: Caucasian

                5 Complexion: Freckled and ruddy

                6 Hair length: Medium

                7 Moustache: Thick and red

                8 Nose: Long and thin

                9 Tattoos, Scars, and Birthmarks: None seen

               10 Build: Slender, athletic
    
               11 Age: 30

               12 Glasses Worn: A pair of light-shaded sunglasses

               13 Rings/Watches: One silver wristwatch (make unknown)

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            (2) Clothing Worn by Civilian: The dead man wore a khakicolored
suit of clothes resembling a military  uniform, a dark belt fastened with a
brass buckle, and a pair of ankle-length, soft black leather boots with
zippers on the sides.
    
            (3) Physical Condition. From what Source could see, the man had a
bullet wound on the left leg, a broken arm, and was dead half an hour after he
was shot.
    
            (4) Personal Information. Member of the battalion who examined the
contents of the dead man's briefcase said the dead man was a US Journalist
(NFI).
    
            (5) Other Information. The dead man's motorcycle was red and white
in color and appeared to Source to have been a HONDA 350. The motorcycle had a
conspicuously large windshield. In addition to the papers identifying the dead
man as a US journalist, the briefcase contained a revolver (make and type
unknown) add 30,000 riels. The dead man was also carrying a large camera, hung
from the right hip (sic) (make unknown).
    
            (6) Place of Burial. The man's remains were buried (sic VS304887)
200 meters east of Route 3, across from DAM THNAM Hamlet, CHHUK District,
KAMPOT Province. The grave was located in a small forest, the only grave in
the area, and consisted of a large mound of earth heaped in a rectangular,
semi-cylindrical shape over the remains, as is customary in CAMBODIA. Source
stated that the grave was very conspicuous.
    
    c. Biographical Correlation. The MACV IDHS Biographical File does not list
any individual whose time and location of last sighting correlate with the
time and location of the last sighting of the deceased man in this report.
(Interrogator's Note: It appears that the MACV IDHS Biographical File does not
list civilians at all, in which case the identification of the deceased man
would require consulting some other listing.)
    
     d. Photo Identification. No photo album was available to this
interrogator at FANK G2 Headquarters.
    
(U) COMMENTS: Source was cooperative and answered questions thoughtfully. On
the subject of sighting the deceased man, Source's replies to control
questions were consistent. Source appeared to be in sound health.
    
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