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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, VINH PHU Province     8. REPORT NUMBER: 6029-0966 71

2.  SUBJECT: (U) One US PW Sighting and 9. DATE OF REPORT:  22 Nov 71
             One US PW Grave Site in VINH            (handwritten-W32922)
             PHU Province, NVN
                                       10. NO. OF PAGES: 4

3. ISC NUMBER: 723.600                 11.REFERENCES: DIRM: 6G1, 6G3
                                               SICR: D-7CX-49018, D-6C2-26423


4. DATE OF INFORMATION: Aug and Oct 68 12. ORIGINATOR: US Element, CMIC, USMACV
    
5. PLACE AND DATE OF ACQ: CMIC, SAIGON, VS
                          8 Oct 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 pilot sighted in Oct 68, in
THANH SON District, VINH PHU Province, NVN, to include circumstances of
sighting, description of PW, clothing worn by PW, physical condition,
capture data, evacuation procedures, policy concerning treatment and
dispostion of US PW, biographical correlation, and photo identification.
This report also contains limited information on a US PW grave site. THIS IS
A BRIGHT LIGHT REPORT. MACV FOR JPRC.
    
    1. (C) Background Information:

        a. Name: DINH VAN CHUYEN (DINH, VEAN CHUYEENL), aka HIT (HITS), CMIC
0395-71

        b. Rank: None (Civilian)

        c. Position and Unit of Assignment: None (Civilian)

        d. DPOB: 2 Nov 54; XOM HA Hamlet, THUC LUYEN Village, THANH SON
District, VINH PHU 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.  Parent's Names: Father, DINH VAN CHI (CINH, VEAN CHIR), living;
Mother, DINH THI THU (TINH, THIV THUWS), living

        f.  Circumstances of Capture:  Source was captured on 29 Jul 71, by
elements of ARVN 1st Marine Bn in QUANG TRI Province, RVN.  Source had no
weapons or documents in his possession at the time of his capture.

        g.  Significant Activities.  Source attended school from 1962 to 1969
in THUC LUYEN Village, THANH SON District, VINH PHU Province, NVN.  From 1969
to 1970, Source remained at home with his parents and farmed.  From 1970 to 21
Jul 71, Source was a member of the XOM HA Hamlet militia and had the job of
protecting the hamlet.  In Jul 71, source decided to rally to the GVN.  He
began his journey from his home and walked to VINH PHU City.  Source went by
bus to PHU THO Province.  From PHU THO Province, Source traveled by train to
HANOI City.  From HANOI City, Source continued by train to VINH City.  From
VINH City, Source traveled by bus to DONG HOI Province.  From DONG HOI
Province, Source traveled by bus to the VINH LINH Special Zone, Source then
walked across the border of NORTH and SOUTH VIETNAM at the BEN HAI River
(exact location unknown).  On 0600 29 Jul 71, Source arrived at the A-2 Fire
Support base, QUANG TRI Province, RVN, where he was captured by elements of
the 1st Marine Bn, although his intention was to rally.

        h.  Additional References: CMIC PW/Rallier Exploitation Guide;
MACV/IDHS PW/MIA/CPT Biographic File, dtd 16 Jul 71; MACV/JPRC Photographs of
Missing and Captured Personnel in SEA, dtd 12 Sep 71; Map: VIETNAM, AMS Series
L7014, Sheet 6051 III, Edition 1, dtd 1964, Scale 1:50,000

2.     US PW Sighting in VUNH PAU Province, NVN;  This report is based on
SICR D-7CX-49018 (Prisoner of War Intelligence) and SICR D-6C2-26423 (POW
Information, NVN):

        a.  Circumstances of Sighting.  On an undetermined day in Oct 68, at
1600 hours, Source had just finished work in the fields and was returning home
when he observed an American pilot being escorted into XOM HA Hamlet, THUC
LUYEN Village, THANH SON District, VINH PHU Province, NVN.  The US PW was
riding in one of four jeeps and was guarded by members of the THANH SON
District Militia who were armed with K-54s.  The PW was in the hamlet for 15
minutes, during which time source observed him for two or three minutes at a
distance of four meters.  The US PW was then taken to THANH SON District
Headquarters at DON VANG, where he received medical treatment, food, and rest.
Source observed the US PW at the district headquarters for 10 minutes at a
distance of 25 meters.  The PW was then taken back to XOM HA Hamlet where
pictures were taken.  At this point, Source observed him for 30 minutes at a
distance of five metes.  At no time was the PW mistreated.

        b.  Description of PW:

            (1)  Identification:

                 (a)  Name: Unknown

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                 (b)  Rank and Branch of Service: Unknown

                 (c)   Nationality: American

                 (d)  Physical Description:

                      1  Height: 1.80m

                      2  Weight: 90kg

                      3  Color of Hair and Eyes: Blonde hair; Eyes, unknown

                      4  Race: Caucasian

                      5  Complexion: Light

                      6  Hair length: Short

                      7  Mustache and/or beard: None observed

                      8  Nose: Straight

                      9  Tattoos, Scars, and Birthmarks; None observed

                     10  Build: Medium

                     11  Age: 40

                     12  Glasses worn: None observed

                     13  Rings/watches: None observed

A description of the Interrogator is provided by Source for comparative
purposes:

                Estimate                Actual

Height          1.70m                   1.70m

Weight          85-90kg                 81kg

Age             36                      25

        (2)  Clothing Worn by PW.  At the time of the observations, the PW was
only wearing a white T-shirt and light blue underpants.

        (3)  Physical Condition:  When the PW crashed, he suffered wounds on
the left cheek of his face and on the right leg.  He was bandaged at the time
of the capture.  At the THANH SON District Headquarters, the PW received two
injections of an unknown medicine, one in the facial cheek and one in the arm.
His bandages were also changed at that time.  The PW was unable to walk
without help.

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        (4)  Capture Data.  Source was told by the militia men that the US
pilot was captured in the general vicinity of LUOI HAI Mountain (vic WJ2031)
after his plane was shot down in Oct 68.  The PW was captured the same day and
taken to THUC LUYEN Village.

     c.  Evacuation Procedures.  After pictures were taken of the PW in XOM HA
Hamlet, the PW was put into a jeep and left the area with three for four other
vehicles.  Source believed the PW was taken to HANOI City.

     d.  VC/NVA Policy Concerning the Treatment and Disposition of US PW.
Source was unaware of any policies concerning treatment of US PW.

     e.  Biographical Correlation.  No biographical correlation can be made
with the information provided.

     f.  Photo Identification.  Source indicated that the US PW looked a great
deal like JAMES DERWIN COHRON, JPRC No. 45, MIA.

3. (C)  US PW Grave Site in VINH PAU Province, NVN.  In mid-August, 1968,
Source observed a disabled plane crash in a mountainous area of Hill 342 (vic
WJ2043) in DONG TRANG Hamlet, THUC LUYEN Village, THANH SON District, VINH PHU
Province, NVN.  (Interrogator's Note: Source was not able to pinpoint the
exact location of DONG TRANG Hamlet, although he pointed out the general
area.)  The pilot was badly burned and died shortly after the crash which
occurred at 1500 hours.  The pilot was buried in DONG TRANG Hamlet (NFI).

(U)  COMMENTS: Source was tested and scored Average (17) on the Cross-Cultural
IQ Test.  Source answered all questions willingly and his replies to control
questions revealed no attempts at deception.  This report partially satisfies
the requirements of SICR D-7CX-49018 and SICR D-6C2-26423.

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