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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 0926 71

2.  SUBJECT:  (U) US PW Sighting in HA TAY   9. DATE OF REPORT: 22 Oct 71
              Province, NVN                               (handwritten-W32064)

                                       10.NO. OF PAGES: 4

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 6G3
                                                      SICR: D-7CX-49018
                                                      BRIGHT LIGHT

4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Mar 67         12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          6 Sep 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 sighted in mod-Mar 67,
in CAN HUU Village, QUOC OAI District, HA TAY Province, NVN, to include
circumstances of sighting, PW description, clothing worn by PW, capture
data, treatment policy, biographical correlation, and photo identification.
THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name: NGUYEN VAN TRUNG (NGUYEENX, VEAN TRUNG), aka VAN LUONG
(VEAN, LUOWNG), CMIC 0324-71

        b. Rank: PFC

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Soldier; 2d Plat, C-1, K-2 Bn,
5th Regt, TTH MR

        d. DPOB: 20 Oct 51; CAN HUU Village, QUOC OIA District, HA TAY
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 VAN QUANG (NGUYEENX, VEAN QANG),
deceased; Mother, PHAM THI Bach (FAMV, THIV BACHS), living

    f. Circumstances of Capture. On 23 May 71, Source lost contact with his
unit during operations against ARVN forces in PHU VANG District, THUA THIEN
Province. For the next three days, he was unable to return to the unit. On 26
May 71, Source was captured by the 54th ARVN Inf Regiment in PHU VANG
District. Another member of the K-2 Sap Bn was captured with Source.

    g. Significant Activities. Source received nine years of formal education
at his POB from 1959 to 1968. From 1968 to Jul 69, he worked on the CAN Ha
Hamlet Cooperative Farm. On 20 Jul 69, Source was drafted into the NVA and was
assigned to the 1st Plat, 5th Co, 31st Sap Bn, Ha Tay Province Unit, located
at NOI Hamlet, THUONG LAN Village, MY DUC District, HA TAY Province. From Jul
69 to Mar 70, he received sapper, infiltration, and political training with
the 31st Sap Bn. In Dec 69, Source was promoted to PFC. From Mar to May 70,
the 31st Sap Bn infiltrated to the RVN, arriving in THUA THIEN Province. From
May 70 to May 71, Source was a member of the 2nd Plat, 1st Co, K-2 Sap Bn (aka
CHI THUA II Sap Bn), 5th Regt, TTH MR. On 26 May 71, he was captured in PHU
VANG THIEN Province.

    h. Additional Information. CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; MACV JPRC
US PW Photo Album, dtd Sep 71; MACV IDHS, PW MIA/CPT Biographic File, dtd 16
Jul 71; Map: VIETNAM, AMS Series L7Ol4, Sheet 6150 IV, Edition 1, dtd 1965,
Scale 1:50,000

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

     a. Circumstances of Sighting. In mid-Mar 67, Source was playing in the
schoolyard in CAN HUU Village, QUOC OAI District, HA TAY Province, NVN. At
1000 hours, Source was called by his schoolmates to the street where a US PW
was passing by in a jeep. The US PW was sitting between two armed security
guards in the back seat while two more guards were sitting in the front seat.
The guards were armed with K-54s and AK-47s. Source observed the US PW as he
passed by for approximately 10 seconds at a distance of three meters. The US
PW was blindfolded but it was undetermined if he was bound at the hands. The
PW appeared to be in good physical condition. Source did not know where the PW
was being taken.

    b. Description of PW:
    
            (1) Identification: The US PW was described as being Caucasian
with blond hair and a mustache. Due to the brief duration of the observation,
Source was unable to provide further information

            (2) Clothing Worn by PW. The Us PW was dressed in green
underclothing.

            (3) Capture Data. On the same day in mid-Mar 67, after the

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sighting, Source was told by members of the CAN HUU Village Militia that the
US PW had just been captured that day near NGOC LIEP Village, QUOC OAI
District, HA TAY Province, NVN (see overlay attached to this report). A local
newspaper later reported that the US PW was flying an F-105 airplane on a
mission to bomb HOA LAC Airfield, HA TAY Province, NVN (exact location
unknown).

        c. VC/NVA Policy Concerning the Treatment and Disposition of US PW.
Source was unable to provide information concerning VC/NVA treatment policy
and disposition of US PW.
        
        d. Biographical Correlation. No correlation could be drawn between the
MACV Biographic File and Source's information.

        e. Photo Identification. Source was unable to identify the US PW from
the US PW Photo album.

(U) COMMENTS: Source was tested and scored Average (25) on the Cross Cultural
IQ Test. Source answered all questions willingly, and his replies to control
questions were consistent. This report partially satisfies the requirements of
SICR D-7CX-49018.

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Overlay of area where the US PW was possibly captured, as provided by captive,
NGUYEN VAN TRUNG, CMIC 0324-71 (DOI: Mar 67) Hap: Vietnam, AMS Series L7014,
Sheet 6150 IV, Edition 1, dtd 1965, Scale 1:50,000 11


        [NETWORK NOTE: a copy of the 6" x 6" SKETCH  OF THE WHERE THE US PW
        WAS POSSIBLY CAPTURED is available - call or write using the file
        number  0926-71]

1. CON River
2. Area where US PW was possibly captured. NGOC LIEP Village, QUOC OAI
District, HA TAY Province, NVN, is located within the shaded square.
        
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