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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: VS, RVN MR-4, AN XUYEN    8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0934 71
             Province
2.  SUBJECT: (U) US PW Sighting in AN  9. DATE OF REPORT: 20 Sep 71
             XUYEN province, RVN                     (handwritten-W32074)

                                       10. NO. OF PAGES: 5

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 6G1, 6G3
                                                      SICR: D7CX-49018
                                                      BRIGHT LIGHT

4. DATE OF INFORMATION: May or Jun 65  12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          13 Sep 71
                                       13. PREPARED BY: DAVID O. JOHNSON
                                                         1LT, 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 concerning the sighting of one US
PW being tranported by sampan on the AP CONG NGHIEP canal in KHAN BINH TAY
Village, SONG ONG DOC District, AN XUYEN Province, RVN, to include
circumstances of the sighting, description of the PW, and evacuation
procedures.  THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name: TRUONG HONG HAI (TRUOWNG, HOONGL HAIR), aka SAU HAI
(SAUS, HAIR), CMIC 0352-71

        b. Rank: None (VC)

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Acting Platoon Leader, Adjutant,
1st Plat, C-292 Co, CAN THO City Unit


16. DISTRIBUTION BY ORIGINATOR:
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    CINPAC AF              2 cys
    CINCUSARPAC            2 cys
    COMUSMACTHAI           1 cy
    MACJ212-2              2 cys
    MACJ213-1              1 cy
    MACJ23                 1 cy
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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


  [stamped] THIS MATERIAL CONTAINS INFORMATION AFFECTING THE NATIONAL
  DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE ESPIONAGE LAWS.
  TITLE 18 U.S.C., SECTIONS 793 AND 794. THE TRANSMISSION OR REVELATION OF
  WHICH IN ANY MANNER TO AN UNAUTHORIZED PERSON IS PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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        d.  DPOB: 1939, RACH LUM Hamlet, KHANH BINH TAY Village, SONG ONG DOC
District, AN XUYEN Province, RVN.

        e.  Parents' Name: Father, TRUONG VAN THIET (TRUOWNG, VEAN THIEETS),
living; Mother, NGUYEN THI NUOI (NGUYEENX, THIV NUOOI), deceased

        f.  Circumstances of Capture.  Source's unit, the C-292 Co, CAN THO
City Unit, was attacked by an unidentified ARVN unit on 7 May 71, in LOI DU
Hamlet (vic WS7906), AN HINH Village, CHAU THANH District, PHONG DINH
Province, RVN.  HAI VAN (HAI VEAN), the executive officer of the C-292 Co, BA
HAI (BA HAIR), Finance Officer of the CAN THO City Unit, and Source were
captured.  Source had in his possession one .45 caliber pistol and six rounds
of ammunition.

        g.  Significant Activities.  Source attended the village school at his
POB from 1950 to 1954; he then began working as a farmer and occasionally as a
fisherman.  Source became a village guerrilla in 1963.  In 1964, Source became
the assistant squad leader of the 2d Sqd, 1st Plat, Village Guerrilla Force;
in Apr 66, he was made assistant platoon leader of the 1st Plat; and in Mar
67, he became platoon leader of the 1st Plat.  In Dec 68, Source was chosen to
become a regular VC, and he was assigned as assistant squad leader of the 1st
Sqd, 1st Plat, C-292 Co, CAN THO City Unit.  The C-292 Co was located in
TRUONG XUAN Village, PHONG DINH Province, RVN.  Source was promoted to squad
leader in Apr 69.  In Apr 69, Source and half of the company moved to LOI
NGUYEN Hamlet (vic WS8207), AN BINH Village, CHAU THANH District, PHONG DINH
Province, RVN.  Their mission was to prepare for the arrival of the other half
of the C-292 Co which was in training at that time.  In Dec 69, Source was
promoted to assistant platoon leader of the 1st Plat.  In May 70, the C-292 Co
only had about 15 members left.  Source was promoted to acting platoon leader
in May 70, but the company was no longer divided into platoons.  In Aug 70, an
ARVN sweep operation forced the entire C-292 Co to move to LOI NGUYEN Hamlet.
In Apr 71, the C-292 Co and the C-28 Co attacked an ARVN engineer convoy.  the
next day an ARVN unit conducted a sweep operation through LOI NGUYEN Hamlet
and the C-292 Co moved to LOI DU Hamlet (vic WS7906) where it stayed until 7
May 71, when the ARVN unit attacked again and Source was captured.

        h.  Additional References:  CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; US PW
Photo Album, MACV JPRC, dtd Sep 71; MACV IDHS PW Biographical File, dtd 1 Aug
71; Map: VIETNAM, AMS Series L7014, Sheets 5927 II and 6128 IV, Edition 1, dtd
1965, Scale 1:50,000; VIETNAM, AMS Series L7014, Sheet 6129 II, Edition 2, dtd
1965, Scale 1:50,000

2.     US PW Sighting in AN XUYEN Province, RVN.  The following is in
response to SICR D-7CX-49018 (Prisoner of War Intelligence):

     a.  Circumstances of Sighting:

        (1)  Location.  The sighting occurred sometime in May or June of 1965
on the AP CONG NGHIEP canal (vic VR902042).

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        (2)  Source's Mission.  At the time of the sighting, Source was
assigned to the C-292 Co, CAN THO City Unit whose mission was to provide
security for KHANH BINH TAY Village, SONG ONE DOC District, AN XUYEN Province,
RVN.

        (3)  Extent of Sighting.  As Source was standing twenty meters from
the AP CONG NGHIEP Canal, he observed two sampans for approximately two to
three minutes.  Each of the sampans transported one US PW.

        (4)  Guards.  Three guards accompanied each US PW in a sampan.  Source
stated that the guards were armed with AK-47s.  Each PW sat in the middle of
the sampan with an opaque plastic covering over the cargo in front of him.
Two guards sat behind the American PW and one in front.  The guards wore what
Source described as black pajamas with no insignia.  One of the guards wore a
wide brim soft jungle hat and the other two guards wore captured US helmets.

    b.  Description of PWs:

        (1)  Identification:

             (a)  PW No 1:

                  1  Name: Unknown

                  2  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

                  3  Nationality: American

                  4  Physical Description:

                     a  Height: 1.7m

                     b  Weight: Unknown

                     c  Color of Hair and Eyes: Light brown; unknown

                     d  Race: Caucasian

                     e  Complexion: Light

                     f  Hair: Short

                     g  Nose: Long, narrow, and straight

                     h  Scars, Tattoos, Birthmarks: None observed

                     I  Build: Medium

                     j  Age: 27 - 28

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                     k  Glasses: None worn

                     l  Rings: Unknown

                     m  Watches: None observed

             (b)  PW No 2:

                  1  Name: Unknown

                  2  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

                  3  Nationality: American

                  4  Physical Description:

                     a  Height: Unknown

                     b  Weight: Unknown

                     c  Color of Hair and Eyes: Brown; Unknown

                     d  Race: Caucasian

                     e  Complexion: Light

                     f  Hair: Short

                     g  Nose: Long, narrow, and straight

                     h  Scars, Tattoos, Birthmarks: None observed

                     I  Build: Large

                     j  Age: 22 - 23

                     k  Glasses: None worn

                     l  Rings: None observed

                     m  Watches: None observed

        (2)  Clothing Worn by PWs.  Both captives were wearing jungle fatigue
uniforms.  Source was unable to see whether or not they were wearing US jungle
boots.  Neither US PW wore a hat of any kind.

        (3)  Physical Condition.  Source stated that both prisoners appeared
to be depressed but in good health.  Neither showed any signs of injuries or
wounds.  Both captives were bound by rope restraining the elbows behind the
back.

        (4)  Personal Information.  None, because Source did not speak with
either the guards or the captives.

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        (5)  Capture Data.  Source had no knowledge of where or when the
prisoners were captured.

    c.  Evacuation Procedures.  Source was unable to give any details
concerning the evacuation procedure for the US PW he observed; however, he did
state that his unit had been instructed to take any captives to the village
chief of KHANH BINH TAY Village, SONG ONG DOC District, AN XUYEN Province,
RVN.  Source knew the village chief only by the alias, BATO (BATOO).  (For a
description of village chief, BATO, see IR 6 029 0933 71.)

    d.  Photo Identification.  Source was shown the US PW Photo Album, but
    could not make a positive identification.

  COMMENTS:  Source was administered the Cross-Cultural IQ Test and scored
Average (16).  His answers to control questions were consistent.  The
interrogator received full cooperation during all interrogation sessions.
This report partially satisfies the requirements of SICR D-7CX-49018.

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