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SUBJ/EVALUATION OF SRV ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW - MR. LE
QUANG HUY  //

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RMKS/1. REF A IS AN ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM REPORT OF INTERVIEW OF
RETIRED SENIOR COLONEL (SRCOL) LE QUANG HUY, AKA TAM ((8)) HUY.
REF B IS A REPORT OF A SECOND INTERVIEW WITH SRCOL HUY. SRCOL
HUY PROVIDED INFORMATION CORRELATED WITH FOUR UNRESOLVED CASES:
REFNC 1510-3-OS, CPT ROBERT M. YOUNG; REFNO 1610-1-02, WO1
[XXXX][XXXX][XXXX] ; REFNO 1260-1-01, PFC WALTER FERGUSON;
AND REFNO 1093-1-01, PFC JAMES M. RAY. SRCOL HUY DENIED KNOWLEDGE OF
REFNO 0094-1-02, SPC DAVID S. DEMMON; REFNO 1610-0-01, SPC RODNEY L.
GRIFFIN; REFNO 1610-0-03, CPT [XXXX][XXXXX][XXXXX]; AND REFNO
1610-2-04, SPC BUNYAN D. PRICE. ADDITIONALLY, SRCOL HUY PROVIDED
INFORMATION ON SIX AMERICAN POWS WHO WERE LATER RELEASED AND ONE
U.S. ARMY SOLDIER CLASSIFIED AS A DESERTER.

2. BACKGROUND: ON 18 MARCH 1992, A JOINT U.S./VNOSMP TEAM
INTERVIEWED RETIRED SRCOL LE QUANG HUY, A FORMER ENEMY
PROSELYTIZING ASSISTANT TO THE COMMANDER OF THE PEOPLE'S ARMY OF
VIETNAM (PAVN) B2 FRQNT'S U.S. POW CAMP. ON 11 JANUARY 1995,
SRCOL HUY WAS RE-INTERVIEWED BY THE JOINT TEAM. SRCOL HUY STATED
HE WAS AN ENGLISH-LANGUAGE INTERPRETER FOR THE B-2 FRONT AND HAD

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CONTACT WITH A NUMBER OF AMERICAN POWS, SPECIFICALLY AT A PRISON
CAMP HE CALLED TB-21, IN WESTERN TAY NINH PROVINCE AND EASTERN
CAMBODIA.

3. SRCOL HUY PROVIDED FIRSTHAND AND HEARSAY INFORMATION ON
REFNO 1610. SRCOL HUY CLAIMED TO HAVE MET CPT [XXXX] SEVERAL TIMES
WHILE HE WAS A PRISONER AT THE TB-21 POW CAMP AND HAD LAST SEEN HIM
LATE IN 1971. HE ASSUMED CPT [XXXX] HAD BEEN RELEASED DURING
OPERATION HOMECOMING BUT LATER HEARD THAT CPT [XXXX] HAD BECOME SICK
AND DIED ON OR ABOUT 17 SEP 1972. HE RECALLED THAT AT THE TIME OF
CPT [XXXX] DEATH, TB-21 POW CAMP WAS LOCATED IN THE GENERAL AREA
BETWEEN XU 159308 AND XU 150313. HE DID NOT KNOW THE LOCATION OF CPT
[XXXX] GRAVE SITE. IN REGARD TO WO1 [XXXX] , SRCOL HUY RECALLED THAT
WO1 WAS NOT AT THE TB-21 CAMP WHEN HE DIED, BUT HAD BEEN TRANSFERRED
TO A MEDICAL UNIT FOR TREATMENT OF WOUNDS. SRCOL HUY DID NOT RECALL
THE DESIGNATION OF THE MEDICAL UNIT. SRCOL HUY CLAIMED NO KNOWLEDGE
ABOUT THE FATE OF CPT [XXXX], SPC PRICE AND SPC GRIFFIN. HE STATED
THE PAVN UNIT INVOLVED IN THE BATTLE WITH THEM WAS NOT ASSOCIATED
WITH CAMP TB-21 AND HE WAS CERTAIN NONE OF THESE THREE PERSONS
[XXXX], PRICE AND GRIFFIN) WERE EVER TAKEN TO THE POW CAMP.
CORRELATION TO REFNO 1610 IS BASED ON INDIVIDUALS' NAMES, CAPTIVITY
LOCATION AND STATUS.

4. CONCERNING REFNO 0094, SRCOL HUY STATED HE WAS CERTAIN THAT NO U.S.
POW NAMED DEMMON EVER ARRIVED AT HQ B2 FRONT. SRCOL HUY RECALLED THAT
MR9 WAS SUBORDINATE TO HQ B2 FRONT, BUT, C,OMMUNIST FORCES DID NOT HAVE
THE-MEANS TO TRANSPORT A POW THE LONG DISTANCE BETWEEN MR9 AND B2 FRONT.
THEREFORE, IF A PRISONER WAS CAPTURED AT OR NEAR MR9 HE REMAINED THERE.
SRCOL HUY COULD NOT RECALL EVER RECEIVING ANY INFORMATION ON THE
POSSIBLE CAPTURE OF THE CREW MEMBERS ASSOCIATED WITH REFNO 0094.

5. SRCOL HUY PROVIDED INFORMATION ON THE DEATH AND BURIAL OF SSG
FERGUSON (REFNO 1260). HE RECALLED THAT SSG FERGUSON WAS SHOT AND
KILLED WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE IN EITHER MAY OR JULY 1970, BY A
MEMBER OF THE GUARD PLATOON FOR CAMP TB-21. SRCOL HUY STATED MEMBERS
OF THE GUARD PLATOON BURIED SSG FERGUSON NEAR THE CAMP, BUT COULD
NOT PROVIDE AN EXACT LOCATION. HE ESTIMATED THE CAMP WAS LOCATED
VICINITY XU 126001 AT THE TIME OF SSG FERGUSON'S DEATH. CORRELATION
TO REFNO 1260 IS BASED ON INDIVIDUAL'S NAME, CAPTIVITY LOCATION AND
STATUS.

6. SRCOL HUY PROVIDED HEARSAY INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEATH OF PFC
RAY (REFNO 1093). SRCOL HUY STATED THAT HE WAS CERTAIN PFC RAY
DIED OF MALARIA NEAR THE END OF 1969 OR EARLY 1970, BUT PROVIDED
NO EXPLANATION ON HOW HE KNEW THIS INFORMATION. SRCOL HUY DID
NOT KNOW THE LOCATION OF THE POW CAMP AT THE TIME PFC RAY DIED.
HE SPECULATED THAT IT WAS LOCATED FOUR OR FIVE KILOMETERS NORTH
OF THE LOCATION SSG FERGUSON WAS BURIED (XU 126001). CORRELATION
TO REFNO 1093 IS BASED ON INDIVIDUAL'S NAME, CAPTIVITY LOCATION


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AND STATUS.

7. DURING HIS SECOND INTERVIEW, SRCOL HUY PROVIDED THE NAMES OF SIX
TB-21 CAMP PRISONERS WHO WERE LATER RELEASED: [XXXX][XXXX] (REFNO
0234-1-01); [XXXX](REFNO 1034-1-02); [XXXX][XXXX] (REFNO 1034-1-0);
[XXXX][XXXX](REFNO 1012-1-01);[XXXX][XXXX][XXXX] (REFNO 1189-1-01);
AND [XXXX] (REFNO 16101-07). SRCOL HUY ALSO PROVIDED INFORMATION
REGARDED AN AMERICAN DESERTER NAMED MCKINLEY NOLAN (REFNO 9950-0-43).
HE STATED THAT NOLAN MARRIED AN ETHNIC CAMBODIAN WOMAN IN 1967 AND
LATER MOVED INTO CAMBODIA. SRCOL HUY LOST TRACK OF NOLAN IN 1972.
CORRELATIONS TO THE SPECIFIC REFNO IS BASED ON INDIVIDUAL'S NAMES,
CAPTIVITY LOCATION AND STATUS.

8. SRCOL HUY ALSO PROVIDED THE NAME OF THE TB-21 CAMP COMMANDER AS
A POSSIBLE LEAD IN LOCATING PFC RAY'S GRAVE SITE, HOWEVER,
INTERVIEWERS LATER LEARNED THE CAMP COMMANDER DIED IN 1991.

9. SRCOL HUY PROVIDED NO OTHER INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH
UNACCOUNTED-FOR AMERICANS. FURTHER INTERVIEW OF SRCOL HUY IS NOT
RECOMMENDED. HE HAS BEEN INTERVIEWED SEVERAL TIMES BY U.S.
PERSONNEL, CLAIMS NO KNOWLEDGE OF ANY OTHER CASES AND REFUSES TO
DISCUSS OTHER ISSUES.

10. FOR CDRPERSCOM/TAPC-PED-P: FORWARDED FOR APPROPRIATE
ACTION. A SANITIZED COPY OF REF A & B WILL BE PROVIDED
SEPARATELY.

11. EVAL: AV//

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