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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, THANH HOA Province    8. REPORT NUMBER: 6 029 0941 71

2.  SUBJECT: (U) PW Sighting in TRANH  9. DATE OF REPORT: 26 Oct 71
              HOA Province, NVN                      (handwritten-W32064)

                                       10. NO. OF PAGES: 4

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 6G1, 6G3
                                                      SICR: D-7CX-49018,
                                                            D-6C2-26423
                                                      BRIGHT LIGHT
4. DATE OF INFORMATION: May 66         12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          10 Sep 71
                                       13. PREPARED BY: GREGORY T. HSU
                                                         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 concerning a PW sighting in
THANH HOA Province, NVN, in May 66, to conclude circumstances of the
sighting and a physical description of the PW. THIS IS A BRIGHT LIGHT
REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name: LE XUAN THANG (LEE, XUAAN THEANGS), CMIC 0249-71

        b. Rank: PFC

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: Soldier; 1st Sqd, 1st Plat,
2d Co, 1st Bn, F-51 Regt, Worksite 9

        d. DPOB: Jul 50; Hamlet 4, XUAN TRUONG Village, NONG CONG
District, THANH HOA 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, LE XUAN SINH (LEE XUAAN SINH), living;
Mother, TRAN THI XUAN (TRAANL, THIV XUAAN), living

        f.  Circumstances of Capture.  On 18 Feb 71, Source's unit ambushed an
unidentified ARVN unit, and in the resulting battle, Source was captured.  The
ambush took place near the CHUP Rubber Plantation, KOMPONG CHAM Province,
CAMBODIA.

        g.  Significant Activities:  Source attended school at his POB from
1958 to 1963.  Source then worked as a buffalo herder until 30 Set 66, when he
was drafted into the NVA.  Source received basic training with the 1st Sqd,
1st Plat, 1st Co, 304th Bn, 5th Regt, 320th Inf Div, until 6 Feb 67, when the
304th Bn was designated the 218th Infiltration Group and began its
infiltration to the RVN, traveling through LAOS and CAMBODIA and arriving in
BINH LONG Province on 3 Jul 67.  On 13 Jul 67, Source was assigned to 1st Sqd,
1st Plat C-2 Co, K-1 Bn, Q-1 Regt, WS-9, in TAY NINH Province.  In Aug 67, the
entire K-1 Regt moved to LONG UYEN area, BINH DUONG Province.  In Dec 67,
Source contracted malaria and was sent to the K-77 Hospital, where he stayed
until Mar 68, when he was transferred to the K-79 Hospital.  From 1 Aug to Dec
68, Source was a patient at Z-32 Convalescent Hospital.  (Interrogator's Note:
These hospitals are in unknown locations in TAY NINH Province.)  In Dec 68,
Source rejoined his unit at the XOM GUIA area, CAMBODIA.  From Jan to Feb 69,
the K-1 Bn moved to the GO CAY area, CAMBODIA.  In Feb 69, the K-1 Bn moved to
the TA BANG area, TAY NINH Province.  In Apr 69, the K-1 Bn moved to the BO BA
TAY area, TAY NINH Province.  In Jul 69, the K-1 Bn moved to the BINH NONG
Rubber Plantation, BINH LONG Province, and reviewed training until Dec 69.  In
Dec 69, the K-1 Bn was redesignated the AP-1 Bn, and moved back to the BO BA
TAY area, TAY NINH Province, CAMBODIA, and operated in SVAY TIENG and PREY
VENG Provinces until Jul 70.  In Jul 70, the AP-1 Bn moved to an unidentified
rubber plantation in Village 54, near Highway 7, located in KOMPONG CHAM
Province, CAMBODIA.  In Oct 70, the AP-1 Bn moved to the CHUP Rubber
Plantation, KOMPONG CHAM Province, CAMBODIA.  In mid Dec 70, the AP-1 Bn moved
to TAY NINH Province, near Highway 22, to ambush an unidentified ARVN convoy.
In Feb 71, the unit moved back to the CHUP Rubber Plantation.  On 18 Feb 71,
Source was wounded during an ambush on an unidentified ARVN unit and was
captured.

        h.  Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide; MACV
IDHS PW/MIA/CPT Biographical File, dtd Aug 71; JPRC US PW Photo Album, dtd 1
Jul 71; Map: VIETNAM, AMS Series L7014, Sheet 6148 III, Edition 1, dtd 1965,
Scale 1:50,000

2.    PW Sighting in THANH HOA Province, NVN.  The following responses are
based on SICR D-7CX-49018 (Prisoner of War Intelligence) and SICR D-6C2-26423
(POW Information, NVN):

        a.  Circumstances of Sighting.  Around 1200 hours on an unknown day in
May 66, Source observed from a distance of about 50 meters, a

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US PW being transferred from a small truck to a small jeep.  The sighting
occurred on the main road crossing through XUAN TRUONG Village, NONG CONG
District, THANH HOA Province, NVA.  Source believed the PW to be a US pilot
because the PW was Caucasian and wore clothing resembling a uniform; however,
he had no other basis for believing that the PW was an US pilot (NFI).  Source
did not know from where the truck came, but the jeep came from HANOI City
(heresay from by standers).  The transfer lasted about two minutes and both
vehicles departed the village immediately upon completion of the transfer.
The truck headed in a direction which Source could no longer recall; the jeep
followed the road leading to TRANH HOA City (NFI).  Two NVA guards armed with
one AK-47 each (basic load unknown), escorted the PW away in the jeep.  Source
did not know whether the drivers were cadre or not.  The PW was neither bound
nor blindfolded, and was apparently in good health.  At the time of the
sighting, Source was a civilian and was taking a stroll through the village.
Source did not know of any other PW transfers taking place at that village.

        b.  Identification of PW:

            (1)  Name: Unknown

            (2)  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

            (3)  Nationality: US (assumed)

            (4)  Physical Description (Source remembered vividly that the PW
                 was a very big man):

                 (a)  Height: 1.90 meters

                 (b)  Weight: 100 kilograms

                    Color of Hair and Eyes: Light brown; Unknown

                 (d)  Race: Caucasian

                 (e)  Complexion: Ruddy

                 (f)  Hair Length: Medium

                 (g)  Moustache and/or beard: None

                 (h)  Nose: Unknown

                 (I)  Tattoos, Scars, and Birthmarks; None seen

                 (j)  Build: Husky

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                 (k)  Age: 47

                 (l)  Glasses Worn: None seen

                 (m)  Rings/Watches: None

        (2)  Clothing Worn by PW:  Source could not remember the PW's clothing
except that it looked military (NFI).

        (3)  Physical Condition of PW.  The PW was apparently neither ill nor
injured.

        (4)  Personal Information: Source had no personal information on the
PW.

        (5)  Capture Data: Source had no information on the circumstances of
PWs capture.


    c.  Evacuation Procedures.  Source had no information concerning PW
evacuation procedures.

    d.  VC/NVA Policy Concerning the Treatment and disposition of US PW.
Source only knew that he was not to mistreat US PW and was to turn any PW over
to a cadre as soon as possible.

    e.  Biographical Correlation.  A biographical correlation could not be
made based on Source's sketchy information.  Specifically, Source had no
knowledge of the PW's time and location of capture, nor did he have any other
information on the PW to make such a correlation possible.

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

(U) COMMENTS: Source scored Low (11) on the Cross-Cultural IQ Test.  Source
was frequently inconsistent and was not cooperative.  This report partially
satisfies the requirements of SICR D-7CX-49018 and SICR D-6C2-26423.

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