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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, HA TAY Province      8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0924 71

2.  SUBJECT: (U) US PW Camp Sighted in  9. DATE OF REPORT: 25 Oct 71
             HA TAY Province, NVN

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES: 4

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 1Q16, 6G3
               723.610                                SICR: D-7CX-49018


4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Late Mar 69    12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          31 Aug 71
                                       13. PREPARED BY: NELS M. SATHER
                                                        SP5, USA
6. EVALUATION: SOURCE F   INFORMATION  6
    
7. SOURCE: PW 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 on a US PW camp sighted in late Mar
69, in HA TAY Province, NVN, to include circumstances of sighting and camp
description.  THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name:  TRAN SI KHAM (TRAANL, SIX KHAAM), aka PHAN HUNG (Fan,
HUNGL), CMIC 0320-71

        b. Rank: CPL

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Asst QM; Z-28 Sapper Bn, WS-5

        d. DPOB:  1948; BINH NGUYEN Village, KIEN XUONG District, THAI BINH
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, TRAN IS THIEM (TRAANL, SIX THIEEM),
deceased: Mother, PHAM THI NGANG (FAMV, THIV NGANGS), living

        f.  Circumstances of Capture.  While on a rice supply mission, Source
was captured by an unidentified element of the 5th ARVN Div at (vic XU524436)
in KRATIE Province, CAMBODIA, on 21 Feb 71.

        g.  Significant Activities:

            (1)  DOB to 27 Jan 70.  Source lived at his POB until he joined
the NVA, attending his village school from 1958 to 1967.  After quitting
school, Source worked as a farmer on his village's cooperative farm until Apr
68, at which time he joined the NVA and was assigned to the 6th Sqd, 2d Plat,
2d Co, 446th Inf Bn, 568th Regt, 330th Div.  The 446th Bn was located in LUC
NGAN District, HA BAC Province, NVN.  Source received basic infantry and
infiltration training with his battalion from Apr to Dec 68, at which time he
was reassigned to the 2d Plat, 2d Co, 11th Sapper Training Bn, 305th Div,
located in VAN LAM District, HAI HUNG Province, NVN.  Source received sapper
training with the 11th Sapper Bn from Jan to Jun 69, and then was reassigned
to the 2d Plat, 2d Co, D-19 Sapper Training Bn, 305th Div, operating in CHUONG
MY District, HA TAY Province NVN, and LUONG SON District, HOA BINH Province,
NVN.  While with this unit, Source received additional sapper training from
Jun to Dec 69.  Upon completion of the training, Source was promoted to CPL,
and the battalion rested until 27 Jan 70.

            (2)  27 Jan 70 to DOC.  On 27 Jan 70, the D-19 Sapper Training Bn
began infiltrating to the RVN as the 2162 Infil Gp, and ended the infiltration
in the jungle area of KRATIE Province, CAMBODIA, on May 70.  The D-19 Bn then
engaged in counter-offensive operations against Allied Forces in CAMBODIA
until early Jul 70.  At that time the D-19 Sapper Bn was assigned to WS-5, and
designated Hamlet 28-B, and was located in KRATIE Province, CAMBODIA, with the
mission of conducting combat operations against US/Allied Forces.  Source was
assigned as the assistant quartermaster for the rear service section, Hamlet
28-B.  source obtained orders for rice and salt from the rear service chief,
and then went to a WS-5 cache, located in an unidentified area of KRATIE
Province, CAMBODIA, to pick up the needed supplies.  Source was given money by
the rear service chief to purchase other needed supplies from nearby Cambodian
villages.  In Aug 68, Hamlet 28-B was redesignated the Z-28 Sapper Bn,
replacing the former Z-28 Bn, which had been disbanded after being decimated
during the Cambodian operation.  Source remained assistant quartermaster until
early Nov 70, at which time he was sent to the K-96 Dispensary of WS-5,
located in KRATIE Province, CAMBODIA, for treatment of malaria.  Source
remained in the dispensary until late Dec 70, at which time he returned to his
position of assistant quartermaster of the Z-28 Sapper Bn, and remained in
that position until his DOC, on 21 Feb 71.

        h.  Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; US PW
Photo Album, HQ 525th MI Gp, dtd Nov 68; Map: VIETNAM AMS Series L7014, Sheet
6150 IV, Edition 1, dtd 1965, Scale 1:50,000

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2.     US PW Camp Sighting in HA TAY Province, NVN:

        a.  Circumstances of Sighting.  At 1600 hours, on an undetermined day
in late Mar 69, Source's unit, the 11th Sapper Training Bn, 305th Div, was
passing through a hilly region of HA TAY Province, NVN, when Source observed
what appeared to be a US PW camp.  (Interrogator's Note: Through careful map
tracking, it was determined that the camp was located three kilometers north
of Highway 6, in a hilly region between Highway 21 and the CON River.  (see
May on page 4.)  Source's unit had just completed technical sapper training in
HUNG YEN Province, NVN, and was traveling to HA BAC Province, NVN, for further
sapper training when the sighting occurred.  Source's unit, the 2d Co, 11th
Sapper Training Bn, 305th Div, was walking in single file when he spied the
camp and used a pair of binoculars he was carrying to view the camp.  He
observed the camp for a little more than a minute at an estimated distance of
400 to 500 meters.  He then passed the binoculars to fellow soldiers for a
glance.  He observed approximately 10 UW PW dressed in white T-shirts, shorts,
and boots, playing ping-pong and volleyball.  (Interrogator's Note: Source
discussed the sighting with other members of his unit and it was decided that
the camp could only be a US PW camp because of its location and the elaborate
security measures employed; hence, Source assumed the individuals he saw were
US PW.)

        b.  Camp Description.  The camp was surrounded by what Source surmised
to be a barbed wire fence.  One armed guard (type of weapon unknown) was
standing at the gate.  Outside of the fence stood several search lights.  A
trench, of undetermined dimensions, surrounded the entire camp.  Source was
only able to observe two buildings (dimensions undeterminable) with roofs of
worn tile, and walls painted a dull yellow.

        c.  Photo Identification.  Source was unable to identify any of the PW
from the US PW photo album.

(U)  COMMENTS: Source was tested and scored Average (22) on the Cross-Cultural
IQ Test.  Source answered all questions willingly and his answers to control
questions were consistent.  This report partially satisfies the requirements
of SICR D-7CX-49018.

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[NETWORK NOTE: a copy of the 9" x 6.5" SKETCH OF THE MAP is available - call
or write using the file number 0924 71 PAGE 4.]

Overlay of area believed to be the location of US PW camp, provided by
captive, TRAN SI KHAM, CIMC 0320-71  (DOI: Mar 69)

Map: VIETNAM, AMS Series L7014, Sheet 6150 IV, Edition 1, dtd 1965, Scale
1:50,000

1.  Highway 21
2.  CON River
3.  Highway 6


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