[071832Z.OH 05/04/96]

RCV18008  06:57 06/08/93

VZCZCBTO093
RR RUEHBTPW
DE RUHQSGG #7481 1581832
ZNR UUUUU
R 071832Z JUN 93 ZYB
FM CDR JTF-FA HONOLULU HI//J2//
TO RUEKJCS/DIA WASHINGTON DC//PW-MIA//
RUEAHOF/CDRPERSCOMALEXANDRIA VA//TAPC-PED-P//
RUEHBT/CJTFFA DET ONE BANGKOK TH
INFO RHEHNSC/WHITE HOUSE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASH DC
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHINGTON DC//CA/OCS/CCS/EAP/VLC//
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC//OASD-ISA/PW-MIA//
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC//OCJCS/J5/PW-MIA/J3-JOD//
RUEKJCS/USCINCPAC LO WASHINGTON DC
RUHQHQB/USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI//J3/J30-M//
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHINGTON DC//DEA/SEA/IB/DDO/EA/ICOG//
RUEHBT/USDAO BANGKOK TH//PW-MIA//
BT
UNCLAS //N03460//
DIA PASS TO DOD POW-MIA CENTRAL DOCUMENTATION OFFICE//
MSGID/SYS.RRM/CDR JTF-FA//
AMPN/SUBJ: SRV ORAL HISTORY - REPORT OF WARTIME INCIDENT IN BINH
DINH PROVINCE//
REF/A/RMG/CJTF-FA DET ONE/270508ZAPR93//

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RMKS/1. REF A PROVIDED HEARSAY INFORMATION RELATED BY TWO
RESIDENTS OF  HO CHI MINH CITY, WHICH PROBABLY CORRELATES WITH
REFNO 024O.

2. THE SOURCE  REPORTED THAT A MAN CALLED "NGOAN," A RESIDENT OF
THUONG HOA VILLAGE, NINH BINH PROVINCE TOLD THEM OF A FIRE FIGHT
INVOLVING U.S. FORCES WHICH OCCURRED NEAR THE "CAU SAP" BRIDGE, IN
THE AN LAO VALLEY OF BINH DINH PROVINCE IN SEPTEMBER 1967.
ACCORDING TO "NGOAN," THREE AMERICANS WERE KILLED IN THE FIRE
FIGHT. THE BODIES OF TWO OF THE AMERICANS WERE ALLEGEDLY PUT INTO
A HOLE WHICH SERVED AS "NGOAN'S," FIGHTING POSITION. "NGOAN"
REPORTEDLY SAID PAVN FORCES WERE UNABLE TO LOCATE THE BODY OF THE
THIRD AMERICAN.

3. REFNO 0242: ON 28 JANUARY 1966, SERGEANT FIRST CLASS CECIL J.
HODGSON, STAFF SERGEANT FRANK N. BADOLATI AND STAFF SERGEANT
RONALD T. TERRY AND THREE OTHER SOLDIERS WERE ON A
RECONNAISSANCE PATROL IN THE AN LAO VALLEY OF SOUTHERN VIETNAM.
THE PATROL, ENCOUNTERED A HOSTILE FORCE IN THE VICINITY OF GRID
COORDINATES BS71517O, APPROXIMATELY EIGHT KILOMETERS NORTHWEST
OF AN LAO, BINH DINH PROVINCE, VIETNAM. THREE OF THE PATROL
MEMBERS SUCCESSFULLY EVADED AND WERE RESCUED. ONE OF THE
SURVIVORS REPORTED THAT SERGEANT

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BADOLATI WAS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED DURING THE INITIAL EXCHANGE OF
FIRE AND WAS LATER LEFT BEHIND BY OTHER PATROL MEMBERS AS THEY
WERE EVADING. ANOTHER SURVIVOR REPORTED THAT SERGEANT TERRY
WAS WOUNDED DURING A SUBSEQUENT FIRE FIGHT. DURING THE SECOND
ENGAGEMENT, SERGEANT HODGSON DISAPPEARED AND WAS NOT SEEN
AGAIN. SERGEANT HODGSON AND SERGEANT TERRY WERE LAST SEEN IN THE
VICINITY OF GRID COORDINATES BS719172.  SERGEANT FIRST CLASS
HODGSON, SERGEANT BADOLATI AND SERGEANT TERRY ARE UNACCOUNTED
FOR.

4. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE REPORTED DATE OF OCCURRENCE, THE
HEARSAY INFORMATION CORRELATES WELL WITH THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF
LOSS  ASSOCIATED WITH REFNO O242. JTF-FA FILES INDICATE REFNO O242 IS
THE ONLY GROUND LOSS INCIDENT, INVOLVING UNACCOUNTED FOR
INDIVIDUALS, WHICH OCCURRED WITHIN TEN KILOMETERS OF HUNG NHON
VILLAGE (BS7115).

5. FOR CDRPERSCOM: FORWARDED FOR APPROPRIATE ACTION SANITIZED
COPIES OF REF A WILL BE FORWARDED SEPARATELY.

6. EVAL-KLE//