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SUBJ: PRIORITY CASE INVESTIGATION TEAM REPORT: CASE
1868

REFS:   A.  DIA LEAD SHEET CASE 1868, 2 JUN 1993
        B. JTF-FA CASE ASSESSMENT CASE 1868, 08 JUL 1993
        C  CJTFFA DET ONE BANGKOK TH, 201252Z JAN 93
        D. JCRC LIAISON BANGKOK TH, 040621Z FEB 91

1. BACKGROUND: FROM 19 THROUGH 23 AUGUST 1993, THE PRIORITY
CASE INVESTIGATION TEAM (PCIT) SEARCHED FOR DOCUMENTATION AND
EXPLORED LEADS ASSOCIATED WITH THREE CASES WHICH OCCURRED IN
KONTUM PROVINCE. PCIT MEMBERS INCLUDED MSGT [XXXX] [XXXX].
[XXXX] (U.S. TEAM LEADER),[XXXX] [XXXX] [XXXX](DIA
ANALYST/LINGUIST), LTC PHAM TEO (PHAMJ TEOF) (VNOSMP TEAM
LEADER), AND NGUYEN THE CONG (NGUYEENX THEES COONG) (MINISTRY
OF INTERIOR). THIS REPORT CONTAINS THE DETAILS OF THE
INVESTIGATION INTO CASE 1868.


2. SUMMARY: FROM 19 THROUGH 23 AUGUST 1993, THE PCIT

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INVESTIGATED CASE 1868 IN KONTUM. THE TEAM INTERVIEWED
FOUR WITNESSES WHO PROVIDED NO INFORMATION PERTINENT TO
THIS CASE. VIETNAMESE OFFICIALS IN KONTUM PROVINCE
DENIED THE EXISTENCE OF ANY ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTATION WHICH
MIGHT ASSIST THE INVESTIGATION. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH
INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THIS CASE TO MAKE A
RECOMMENDATION.

3. DETAILS:

- A. ON 20 AUGUST 1993, THE JOINT U.S./VIETNAMESE PCIT HELD A
THREE HOUR STRATEGY CONFERENCE WITH MEMBERS OF THE KONTUM
PROVINCE PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE TO PRESENT INVESTIGATION
REQUIREMENTS AND ESTABLISH A COURSE OF ACTION FOR THE
INVESTIGATION OF CASES THAT OCCURRED WITHIN THE PROVINCE. THE
MEETING TOOK PLACE AT THE PROVINCE PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE
HEADQUARTERS, KONTUM CITY, AND WAS ATTENDED BY MEMBERS OF THE
PCIT AND KONTUM PROVINCE REPRESENTATIVES TRAN QUANG VINH
(TRAANF QUANG VINH), ASSISTANT CHAIRMAN KONTUM PROVINCE PEOPLES
COMMITTEE; DANG DUC KHAM (DAWNGJ DWCS KHAM), TERM LEADER; HOANG
CANH DY (HOANGF CANHR ZY), PROVINCE MILITARY COMMAND
REPRESENTATIVE; AND PROVINCE TEAM MEMBERS TRUONG ANH DUC
(TRWONG ANH DWCS); NGUYEN THANH TRUNG (NGUYEENX THANHF TRONG);
PHAN VAN BANG (PHAN VAWN BANGR); AND TO NGOC LONG (TOO NGOCJ
LONG). DURING THE MEETING, THE VIETNAMESE WERE PRESENTED WITH A
LIST OF SOURCES WHICH THE U.S. SIDE BELIEVED COULD PROVIDE
INFORMATION RELATIVE TO CASE 1868. THESE INCLUDED:

- (1) ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FOLLOWING
ORGANIZATIONS/UNITS WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE AREA DURING
1972:

            -(A) 24A REGIMENT (RGT), PAVN 10TH
DIVISION (DIV)

            - (B) 66 REGT, PAVN 10TH DIV

            - (C) PAVN 28TH RGT

            - (D) PAVN 95B RGT

            - (E) PAVN 320TH DIV

            - (F) PAVN 1ST DIV

            - (G) HEADQUARTERS (HQ) B-3 FRONT
                                                                                                               
            - (H) K7 BN

            - (I) K50 SUPPLY DEPOT
              

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            - (J) 304TB LOCAL BN

            - (K) T7 OR T9 COMMO-LIAISON STATION

            - (L) H16,  H30, H40, OR H67 PW CAMP

            - (M) GROUP 708, PAVN 331ST DIV


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            - (N) SON DISTRICT MILITARY FORCES

            - (0) PAVN lOTH DIV

            - (P) PAVN 2AB DIV

- (2) THE VIETNAMESE WERE ALSO ASKED TO LOCATE AND MAKE
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS:

- (A) VIEN - FORMER COMMANDER OF THE 304TB
LOCAL BN

- (B) DANG QUANG CHAU - FORMER COMMANDER
OF THE H-40 PW CAMP

- (C) SRCOL TRAN HANH - FORMER DEPUTY
COMMANDER OF THE 24A RGT, 10TH PAVN DIV FROM 1967 - 1972

- (D) MG NGUYEN THUONG - COMMANDER OF THE
10 PAVN DIV; AS OF DEC 90, HE WAS COMMANDER OF THE SOUTH
EAST REGIONAL CORPS IN MR7

- (E) AN UNNAMED POLITICAL OFFICER, WHO
RETURNED TO NORTH VIETNAM AND BECAME THE DEPUTY
COMMANDER OF TBE REAR SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN DECEMBER
1990

- (F) LTC PHAM XUAN TRAO - FORMER DEPUTY
COMMANDER OF THE 10 PAVN DIV.

- (G) MR LONG -FORMER MEMBER OF THE K-7 BATTALION (BN)

- (H) LTC NGUYEN DUC NHUONG - FORMER
COMMANDER OF THE SON DISTRICT MILITARY FORCES

- (I) CAPTAIN PHAM HOU DOONG, FORMER CADRE FOR B-3
FRONT POW CAMP.

- (J) CAPTAIN PHONG VAN Y FORMER MEMBER O GROUP 875

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- (K) HOA - FORMER COMMANDER OF THE 1ST COMPANY (CO),
7 BN, 66TH RGT

- (L) HOA - FORMER SA THAY DISTRICT PARTY SECRETARY

- (M) CUONG - FORMER POLITICAL COMMISSAR TO THE 66TH REGT

- (N) DUNG - REPORTEDLY RECEIVED CUSTODY OF U.S. PW'S
IN SON THAY DISTRICT DURING 1963

- (0) SON - FORMER DEPUTY COMMANDER OF THE TRANSIT CAMP
FOR U.S. PW'S IN SA THAY DISTRICT, DESIGNATED H-67

- (P) LTC W XUAN PHUONG - FORMER POLITICAL
OFFICER OF MRS IN 1975

-(Q) DR LE CAO DAI - WORKED IN THE CAN THO AREA

-(R) DR DAO GIA TIN - WORKED IN HOSPITAL 103 IN HA DONG

-(S) AUTHORS OF CENTRAL HIGHLANDS MILITARY GROUP:


            -   - DINH NGAI

            -   - NGUYEN SI TRINH

            -   - NGUYEN DANH DAN

            -   - NGUYEN DUC NGU

THE VIETNAMESE AGREED TO FULLY SUPPORT EACH OF
THE RECOMMENDATIONS PROPOSED BY THE PCIT, BUT STATED
THE TASK OF LOCATING WARTIME DOCUMENTATION ASSOCIATED
WITH THIS, OR ANY OTHER CASE, WOULD BE EXTREMELY
DIFFICULT.

- C. ARCHIVAL: DURING THIS AND ALL PREVIOUS RESEARCH
AND INVESTIGATION EFFORTS, NO DOCUMENTATION ASSOCIATED
WITH CASE 1868 HAS EVER BEEN DISCOVERED. THE

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SUBJECT OF WARTIME DOCUMENTATION HAS DISCUSSED AT
LENGTH WITH KONTUM PROVINCE OFFICIALS, WHO WERE UNAWARE
OF ANY EXISTING PROVINCIAL RECORDS PERTAINING TO U.S.
SERVICEMEN KILLED OR CAPTURED DURING THE WAR. IT
WAS POINTED OUT THAT MAIN FORCE AND GUERRILLA UNITS
THROUGHOUT THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS WERE EXTREMELY
MOBILE AND SELDOM REMAINED AT A FIXED LOCATION FOR
EXTENDED PERIODS. GUERRILLA AND DISTRICT LEVEL COMBAT
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REFRAINED FROM KEEPING ANY SORT OF WRITTEN RECORDS
WHICH, IF CAPTURED, COULD COMPROMISE THEIR OPERATIONS. MAIN
FORCE COMBAT UNITS DID NOT REMAIN AT FIXED LOCATIONS LONG
ENOUGH TO ESTABLISH PROPER STORAGE FACILITIES NOR DID THEY
HAVE THE MEANS OF TRANSPORTING DOCUMENTATION FROM PLACE TO
PLACE. IT WAS, THEREFORE, STANDARD POLICY FOR THE MAIN FORCES
TO BURN OR BURY ALL DOCUMENTATION PRIOR TO RELOCATING. THIS
WAS DONE TO MAINTAIN OPERATIONAL SECURITY AND TO REDUCE THE
LOGISTICAL BURDEN. DURING THESE FREQUENT RELOCATIONS,
SOLDIERS WOULD CARRY ONLY THE BARE NECESSITIES REQUIRED TO
FIGHT AND SURVIVE. VIETNAMESE OFFICIALS IN KONTUM
PROVINCE EXPLAINED THAT, WHILE DOCUMENTATION, IN THE
FORM OF HAND WRITTEN NOTEBOOKS OR PERSONAL DIARIES, MAY STILL
EXIST, THEY WERE UNAWARE OF ANY WRITTEN WARTIME
RECORDS WHICH MAKE REFERENCE TO MISSING AMERICANS. THEY WERE
INFORMED OF THE JOINT U.S./VIETNAMESE DOCUMENTATION CENTER,
WHICH OPENED IN HANOI IN JUNE OF 1993, AND PLEDGED TO FORWARD
ANY APPLICABLE RECORDS THEY FOUND TO THIS FACILITY. DURING THE
COURSE OF THE INVESTIGATIONS IN KONTUM, LTC PHAM TEO (VNOSMP
PCIT TEAM LEADER) VISITED THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE PAVN 10TH
DIVISION AND DISCUSSED WARTIME DOCUMENTATION WITH THE DIVISION'S
COMMANDER; HOWEVER, NO RECORDS PERTAINING TO U.S.
SERVICEMEN KILLED OR CAPTURED DURING THE WAR WERE FOUND.

- D. INTERVIEWS:

- (1) THE KONTUM PROVINCE TEAM DETERMINED THAT FOUR OF THE
TWENTY-THREE INDIVIDUALS IDENTIFIED BY THE
PCIT WERE RESIDENTS OF THE PROVINCE AND WOULD BE MADE
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW UPON REQUEST. THESE INDIVIDUALS INCLUDED
A VIEN (A VIEEN) (IDENTIFIED IN REF A AS VIEN), DANG QUANG CHAU
(DANG QUANG CHAAU), THAN MANH LONG
(TRAANF MANHJ LONG) (IDENTIFIED IN REF A AS LONG), AND
TRUONG QUANG HOA (TRWONG QUANG HOA) (IDENTIFIED IN REF A AS
HOA). INTERVIEWS OF THESE FOUR INDIVIDUALS WERE HELD AT THE
KONTUM PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE GUEST HOUSE, IN KONTUM CITY. THE
DETAILS OF THESE INTERVIEWS ARE REPORTED BELOW.

- (2) ADDITIONAL RESEARCH BY PROVINCE OFFICIALS INTO THE
LOCATION OF THE REMAINING POTENTIAL WITNESSES

DETERMINED THE FOLLOWING:

 - SRCOL TRAN HANH (TRAANF HANHJ) IS CURRENTLY LIVING IN HA BAC.

 - BG NGUYEN THUONG (NGUYEENX THWONGF) IS RETIRED IN HANOI.
THUONG WAS INTERVIEWED BY JTF-FA ORAL HISTORY PERSONNEL ON
11 MAY 1993. THIS SOURCE HAD NO INFORMATION RELATING TO CASE 1868.

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- - LTC PHAM XUAN TRAO (ACTUAL NAME PHAMJ CHAOF) IS
CURRENTLY STUDYING AT THE POLITICAL INSTITUTE IN HANOI.

- - DR LE CPAI DAI - CURRENTLY IN HANOI.

- - DR DAO GIFT TIN - WORKED FOR HOSPITAL 103 IN HA DONG
AS OF 1991 BUT NOW POSSIBLY RESIDES IN HANOI. THROUGH
VNOSMP ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM RESEARCH, IT WAS DETERMINED
THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL, WHOSE ACTUAL NAME IS DAO GIA THIU,
IS DECEASED. HOSPITAL 103 CONFIRMED THIS ASSUMPTION.

- (3) DURING THE INVESTIGATION OF CASE 0372 IN GIA LAI
PROVINCE, DOCTOR W KHAC DIEP (VUX KHACS DIEEPJ)
PROVIDED LIMITED INFORMATION ON TWO MORE POTENTIAL
WITNESSES IDENTIFIED IN REF A.

- (A) DIEP RECALLED THAT A FELLOW
PHYSICIAN, PHAM HUU DUONG (PHAMJ HWUX ZWONG), HAD
SUSTAINED A LEG WOUND AND WAS CAPTURED WHILE ON A COMBAT
OPERATION SOMETIME DURING THE WAR. HE HAD BEEN ASSIGNED
TO A COMBAT MEDICAL TREATMENT TEAM DESIGNATED DT4

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(DIEEUF TRIJ). DIEP HEARD THAT, WHILE A PRISONER, ZUONG
APPARENTLY DESCRIBED THE COMMAND STRUCTURE OF THE
HOSPITAL TO ALLIED FORCES. DIEP RECALLED THAT ZUONG WAS
ORIGINALLY FROM VINH PHU (VINHX PHUS) BUT HE HAD NO
INFORMATION ON HIS CURRENT WHEREABOUTS.

- (B) IN AUGUST 1975, DIEP ACCOMPANIED ANOTHER
INDIVIDUAL NAMED PHUNG VAN Y (PHUNG YAWN Y),
IDENTIFIED AS A POTENTIAL WITNESS FOR CASE 1868, ON A
MISSION AIMED AT RECOVERING PAVN REMAINS WHICH HAD
BEEN BURIED IN A HOSPITAL CEMETERY. DIEP NOTED THAT
MANY OF THE GRAVES HAD BEEN DESTROYED BY B-52 STRIKES
AND THE TERRAIN HAD BEEN DECIMATED ALMOST BEYOND
RECOGNITION. DIEP HAD NO IDEA OF Y'S PRESENT LOCATION
OR CURRENT STATUS.

- (4) PHAM TEO, A FORMER MEMBER OF GROUP 875, INSISTED
THAT THERE WAS NEVER AN INDIVIDUAL NAMED PHUNG VAN Y
ASSIGNED TO THIS UNIT. TEO OPINED THAT DURING AN
EARLIER INTERVIEW SESSION, THE NAME PHUNG VAN Y WAS
ASSOCIATED WITH GROUP 875 BASED ON THE DATE HE
ACCOMPANIED DOCTOR DIEP ON THE AFOREMENTIONED RECOVERY
MISSION "IN 8/75," I.E. AUGUST 1975.

- (5) THE LOCATION OF THE REMAINING POTENTIAL

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WITNESSES COULD NOT BE DETERMINED.

- (6) ON 21 AUGUST 1993, THE PCIT INTERVIEWED LTC TRAN MANH
LONG, 41 YOA RESIDENT OF 232 PHAN DINH PHUNG STREET, KONTUM
CITY. LONG, CURRENTLY THE DEPUTY COMMANDER OF THE 24B RGT,
PAVN 10TH INFANTRY DIV, PROVIDED THE FOLLOWIN INFORMATION:

- (A) LONG ENTERED THE SERVICE IN NORTH VIETNAM IN MAY 1971 AND
WAS INITIALLY ASSIGNED TO THE 35TH TRAINING RGT, PAVN 304TH
INFANTRY DIV, LOCATED IN PHU BINH (PHUS BINH) DISTRICT, BAC
THAI (BACS THAIS) PROVINCE. HE REMAINED THERE FOR TRAINING
UNTIL NOVEMBER 1971, WHEN HE INFILTRATED SOUTH. IN JANUARY
1972, LONG WAS ASSIGNED TO A FLAME THROWER PLATOON OF THE R7
BN, 66TH RGT, LOTH DIV, WHERE HE REMAINED UNTIL JUNE 1974. HE
BRIEFLY STUDIED POLITICS AT A SCHOOL OPERATED BY B3 FRONT AND
THEN RETURNED TO K7 WHERE HE REMAINED UNTIL GAINING A
COMMISSION IN 1976. LONG IS CURRENTLY PREPARING TO RETIRE FROM
THE 10TH DIVISION.

- (B) LONG RECALLED THAT SOMETIME IN MAY OF 1972, HE AND
ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE FLAME THROWER PLATOON, CAPTURED AN
AMERICAN PILOT NEAR PLEI KAROM (UNLOCATED), BEN HET (BEENS
MEETS) DISTRICT, WHICH, AT THAT TIME, SERVED AS A BASE FOR
THE ARVN 95TH RANGER RGT. THIS AREA IS NOW LOCATED NEAR DAK
XU VILLAGE (UNLOCATED), NGOC HOI (NGOCJ HOOI) DISTRICT.
LONG'S UNIT HAD, EARLIER, PARTICIPATED IN AN ATTACK ON THIS
ARVN BASE.

- (C) THE AMERICAN WAS HIDING AMONG SOME BRUSH ALONG SIDE A
STREAM IN WHICH LONG AND HIS COMRADE WERE WASHING THEIR
CLOTHES. WHEN THE AMERICAN WAS SPOTTED, LONG SHOUTED OUT IN
VIETNAMESE AND ORDERED HIM TO RAISE HIS HANDS. DESPITE THE FACT
THAT NEITHER LONG NOR HIS COMRADE WERE ARMED, THE AMERICAN DID
NOT ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE AND IMMEDIATELY SURRENDERED WITHOUT
INCIDENT.

- (D) THE AMERICAN WAS UNARMED, EXCEPT FOR
A SMALL, FLARE FIRING, SIGNALING DEVICE WHICH, LONG
NOTED, WAS SMALLER THAN A REGULAR HANDGUN. ALTHOUGH NOT
WOUNDED, THE AMERICAN WAS EXTREMELY HUNGRY AND HAD
SUFFERED A NUMBER OF INSECT BITES. THE AMERICAN
EMPLOYED HAND GESTURES TO COMMUNICATB THAT HIS AIRCRAFT
HAD BEEN SHOT DOWN TWO DAYS PRIOR TO HIS CAPTURE AND
THAT HE HAD BEEN FORAGING FOR FOOD IN THE JUNGLE, EATING
MAINLY ANTS AND OTHER SMALL INSECTS, SINCE BAILING OUT
OF HIS DISABLED AIRCRAFT. LONG ASSUMED THAT THE
AMERICAN HAD PILOTED AN A-37 AIRCRAFT SINCE THESE WERE
THE ONLY PLANES THAT HAD BEEN NOTED ACTIVE IN THE AREA

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ON THE DAY OF THE PILOT INDICATED HE HAD BEEN SHOT DOWN.

- (E) LONG DESCRIBED THE AMERICAN AS A
CAUCASIAN WITH LIGHT BROWN HAIR, APPROXIMATELY 26 OR 27
YOA, 1.8 METERS TALL, AND ABOUT 65 TO 70 KG. HE HAS NOT
WEARING GLASSES AND HAD NO VISIBLE SCARS, MARKS OR
TATTOOS. THE AMERICAN  WORE A GREEN PILOT'S FLIGHT SUIT

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WITH ZIPPERS IN FRONT AND ON THE LEGS. LONG RECALLED
THE FLIGHT SUIT HAD MANY POCKETS. HE COULD NOT REMEMBER
SEEING ANY RANK OR UNIT INSIGNIA ON THE UNIFORM, BUT
LATER HEARD THE AMERICAN WAS A LIEUTENANT. LONG COULD
NOT RECALL ANY IDENTIFICATION CARDS, TAGS, OR ANY OTHER
PIECES OF PERSONAL GEAR IN THE POSSESSION OF THE
AMERICAN. HE DEEMED THE AMERICAN TO BE IN GOOD SPIRITS
OVER THE TWO DAYS HE WAS HELD BY LONG'S UNIT. THE

MERICAN APPEARED GRATEFUL TO RECEIVE CIGARETTES FROM HIS                                                          A
CAPTORS BUT APPEARED TO CONSIDER THE LOCAL, HAND ROLLED
TOBACCO TOO STRONG.

- (F) LONG'S UNIT COMMANDER REPORTED THE AMERICAN'S CAPTURE
TO HIGHER HEADQUARTERS. TWO DAYS LATER, AN INTERPRETER FROM
B3 FRONT ARRIVED AND COMMUNICATED WITH THE AMERICAN
PRISONER IN ENGLISH. LONG HAS UNABLE TO FURTHER IDENTIFY THE B3
FRONT INTERPRETER, BUT STATED THAT SHORTLY AFTER ARRIVING AT
HIS UNIT, THE INTERPRETER LED THE AMERICAN AWAY. LONG NEVER
HEARD ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT THIS AMERICAN.

- (G) ASIDE FROM THIS SINGLE INCIDENT, LONG NEVER SAW OR HEARD
ABOUT ANY OTHER AMERICANS CAPTURED OR KILLED AND LEFT BEHIND
ON THE BATTLEFIELD. HE EXPLAINED THAT THE MAJORITY OF COMBAT
ACTION CONDUCTED BY HIS UNIT HAS DIRECTED AGAINST ARVN FORCES.
HE KNEW NO FIRSTHAND OR HEARSAY KNOWLEDGE REGARDING U.S.
PERSONNEL REMAINING IN VIETNAM AFTER 1973 UNDER ANY
CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER.

- (2) ON 23 AUGUST 1993, THE PCIT INTERVIEWED DAM QUANG CHAU
(DAMF QUANG CHAAU), A 71 YOA RESIDENT OF KHOI PHU (KHOOI PHUS)
4, QUANG TRUNG WARD, KONTUM CITY. CHAU, RETIRED SINCE 1984,
PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING:

- (A) IN 1944, CHAU, A NATIVE OF QUANG
NGAI PROVINCE, BECAME ONE OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE
BA TU (BA TW) DISTRICT ARMED SELF-DEFENSE FORCES WHO
FOUGHT AGAINST THE JAPANESE. THIS UNIT LATER BECAME THE
MODEL FOR REVOLUTIONARY SELF DEFENSE FORCES THROUGHOUT
THE SOUTH. IN 1945, HE ASSUMED COMMAND OF THE BA TU
DISTRICT FORCES AND, LATER THE SAME YEAR, COMMANDED THE

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NGUYEN HUE BN, QUANG NGAI PROVINCE FORCES. IN 1954, CHAU
RETURNED TO NORTH VIETNAM, LEFT THE MILITARY, AND BEGAN TRAINING
WITH THE MINISTRY OF INTERIOR AS A PUBLIC SECURITY OFFICER. HE
RETURNED TO THE SOUTH IN 1964 AND COMMANDED A PW TRANSIT CAMP IN
THE AN DA (AN DAS) AREA OF KONTUM PROVINCE. THIS CAMP WAS
LOCATED IN A MOUNTAINOUS REGION NEAR NGOC GIANG (NGOCJ GIANG)
HAMLET (UNLOCATED), KON P'RONG DISTRICT. THE CAMP BECAME A
COMBINED CIVILIAN PRISON/REEDUCATION CAMP IN 1975, AND CHAU
REMAINED AT THIS CAMP UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1984.

- (B) TO MAINTAIN SECURITY, THE CAMP RELOCATED AT LEAST TWICE
A MONTH OR WHENEVER THE CAMP'S LOCATION BECAME JEOPARDIZED BY
NEARBY ARVN OR U.S. FORCES THE CAMP HAS CALLED THE NGOC GIANG
PW CAMP UNTIL 1975 WHEN IT WAS DESIGNATED CAMP T15. CHAU HELD
NO KNOWLEDGE WITH REGARD TO PW CAMPS DESIGNATED H40 OR H67.

- (C) DURING THE WAR YEARS, THE CAMP WAS PRIMARILY USED AS A
TEMPORARY TRANSIT POINT BUT, FROM TIME TO TIME, IT ALSO HELD
SOME PRISONERS FOR VARIOUS LENGTHS OF TIME. THE VAST MAJORITY OF
PRISONERS HELD AT THIS CAMP WERE EITHER ARVN MILITARY OR RVN
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. CHAU COULD RECALL ONLY ONE OCCASION WHEN
U.S. PW'S WERE DETAINED THERE. SOMETIME AROUND APRIL OR MAY
1968, THREE AMERICAN PRISONERS WERE BROUGHT TO THE CAMP, WHERE
THEY WERE HELD FOR A PERIOD OF APPROXIMATELY ONE YEAR.

- (D) CHAU DESCRIBED THE AMERICANS AS
CAUCASIANS, ALL WITH LIGHT BROWN HAIR. TWO WERE OF
AVERAGE HEIGHT, FOR AMERICANS, AND THE THIRD WAS TALLER.
CHAU HAS UNAWARE OF WHERE OR WHEN THE AMERICANS WERE
CAPTURED AND HE WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION ON
THE CAPTURING UNIT OR THE UNIT WHICH BROUGHT THEM TO HIS
LOCATION. WHEN THE AMERICANS WERE BROUGHT INTO THE
CAMP, NO DOCUMENTS DETAILING ANY ASPECT OF THEIR
IDENTITY OR THEIR PROJECTED LENGTH OF STAY ARRIVED WITH
THEM. ONE DAY PRIOR TO THEIR DEPARTURE, CHAU RECEIVED A
WRITTEN ORDER INDICATING THAT PROVINCE FORCES WOULD BE


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TAKING CUSTODY OF THE PW'S THE FOLLOWING DAY. CHAU
DESTROYED THIS ORDER AFTER THE AMERICANS WERE TAKEN AWAY.

- (E) SINCE NO ONE WITHIN HIS CAMP COULD
COMMUNICATE IN ENGLISH AND NO ONE WAS EVER DISPATCHED TO
HIS LOCATION WITH THIS ABILITY, THE AMERICANS WERE NEVER
INTERROGATED AT HIS CAMP. CHAU STATED HE WAS ONLY

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RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THE WELFARE OF THESE PW'S WHILE
THEY WERE IN HIS CUSTODY AND ADDED THAT THEY REMAINED
IN GOOD HEALTH THROUGHOUT THEIR STAY.

- (F) FOLLOWING THE DEPARTURE OF THESE
AMERICANS FROM HIS CAMP, CHAU NEVER HEARD ANYTHING WITH
REGARD TO THEIR SUBSEQUENT FATE. CHAU WAS SHOWN A
SERIES OF NINE PHOTOGRAPHS OF UNACCOUNTED FOR AMERICANS,
BUT WAS UNABLE TO IDENTIFY ANY INDIVIDUAL AS HAVING BEEN
AMONG THE THREE AMERICANS HELD AT THIS CAMP.

- (G) IN ADDITION TO THESE AMERICANS, CHAU RECALLED THAT
DURING THE  SAME PERIOD, HE WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE
INCARCERATION OF A GERMAN FEMALE. HE HAS UNABLE TO
PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF
HER CAPTURE. THIS PRISONER WAS EVENTUALLY TRANSFERRED TO
THE PROVINCE MILITARY HEADQUARTERS.

- (H) CHAU STATED THAT AT THE TIME THE
AMERICANS WERE HELD, THE CAMP EMPLOYED BETWEEN 40 TO 50
PERSONNEL. THE CAMP WAS DIVIDED INTO FOUR SEPARATE
SECTIONS: ONE HELD ARVN MILITARY PRISONERS; THE SECOND
HELD RVN GOVERNMENT CIVILIANS; THE THIRD HELD THE THREE
AMERICANS; AND THE FOURTH HELD THE GERMAN FEMALE. CHAU
INSISTED THAT THIS WAS THE ONLY TIME THROUGHOUT THE WAR
THAT HIS CAMP DETAINED U.S. OR OTHER FOREIGN PRISONERS.

- (I) AFTER THE 1975 LIBERATION THROUGH 1984, CHAU'S
CAMP BECAME A COMBINED CIVILIAN
PRISON/REEDUCATION CENTER FOR FORMER ARVN OFFICERS. AS
THE REEDUCATION NEEDS DIMINISHED, IT WAS CONVERTED
ENTIRELY INTO A CIVILIAN PRISON AND CONTINUES TO
FUNCTION AS SUCH.

- (J) CHAU AFFIRMED THAT AT NO TIME AFTER 1973 DID THIS
CAMP DETAIN ANY U.S. PERSONNEL AND HE WAS UNAWARE OF
ANY OTHER CAMPS THAT MAY HAVE DONE SO. HE
HAD NO FIRSTHAND OR HEARSAY KNOWLEDGE OF ANY U.S.
PERSONNEL REMAINING IN VIETNAM AFTER 1973, WHETHER
AS PRISONERS OR LIVING FREELY.

- (3) ON 21 AUGUST 1993, THE PCIT INTERVIEWED MR. A
VIEN (A VIEEN), A 47 YOA RESIDENT OF DAK UY
VILLAGE, KONTUM CITY. VIEN, CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED,
SUPPLIED THE FOLLOWING DETAILS:

- (A) IN 1961, AT THE AGE OF 14, VIEN BEGAN HIS
MILITARY CAREER, SERVING WITH THE 1ST ARTILLERY BN,
A SUBORDINATE OF THE PAVN B3 FRONT. IN 1964, HE HAS
TRANSFERRED TO THE 631ST COMBINED INFANTRY/ARTILLERY
BN WHERE HE STAYED UNTIL 1969.

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DURING HIS TIME WITH THE 631ST BN, VIEN SERVED AS A
SQUAD LEADER, DEPUTY PLATOON LEADER, AND, BY 1967, A
PLATOON LEADER. IN LATE 1968 OR EARLY 69, HE BECAME AN
ASSISTANT COMPANY COMMANDER FOR THE 1ST CO, 631ST BN.
IN 1969, VIEN ENROLLED IN A POLITICAL STUDIES CLASS
UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE PAVN B3 FRONT. IN LATE 1969
OR EARLY 1970, HEWAS SENT TO SON TAY IN NORTH VIETNAM
TO TEACH CAMBODIAN REVOLUTIONARIES. HERETURNED TO THE
SOUTH IN 1970 AND BECAME A COMPANY COMMANDER FOR THE
PAVN 66TH RGT, 10TH DIV AND FOUGHT AGAINST THE LON NOL
REGIME IN CAMBODIA. IN 1971, VIEN WAS ASSIGNED TO THE
304TH LOCAL FORCES BN, KONTUM PROVINCE. THIS WAS HIS
FIRST ASSIGNMENT IN KONTUM PROVINCE, WITH ALL HIS
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE HAVING BEEN IN THE PLEIKU AREA. IN
1973, VIEN WAS AGAIN SENT NORTH FOR POLITICAL TRAINING.
HE REMAINED IN THE NORTH UNTIL 1975, WHEN HE VOLUNTEERED
TO REJOIN THE FORCES IN THE SOUTH FOR THE FINAL
OFFENSIVE. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO A STAFF POSITION WITH THE
PAVN 1ST CORPS. FOLLOWING THE LIBERATION OF DANANG, HE
REQUESTED A TRANSFER BACK TO THE 3RD CORPS. FROM THERE
HE CONTINUED SOUTH AND TOOK PART IN THE FIGHTING IN TAY
NINH AND THE SUBSEQUENT LIBERATION OF SAIGON. IN 1976,
HE WAS SENT BACK TO HANOI TO CONTINUE HIS STUDIES. UPON
COMPLETION, HE WAS OFFERED THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL


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ABROAD FOR FURTHER STUDY, BUT HE REQUESTED, AND WAS
GRANTED PERMISSION, TO RETURN TO THE SOUTH. UPON HIS RETURN,
VIEN BECAME THE DEPUTY COMMANDER OF THE INDOCTRINATION
BRANCH, PAVN 3RD CORPS. HE REMAINED IN THIS POSITION UNTIL 1984
WHEN HE RETIRED.

- (B) VIEN PARTICIPATED IN NUMEROUS CLASHES WITH U.S. AND ARVN
UNITS, ESPECIALLY DURING THE 1967-1968 TIME FRAME. DURING THIS
PERIOD, HE RECALLED HEARING OVER SOUTH VIETNAMESE RADIO THAT
THERE WERE 8,000 U.S. TROOPS STATIONED WITHIN HIS AREA OF
OPERATIONS. SINCE U.S. GROUND FORCES WERE ALWAYS HEAVILY
SUPPORTED, VIEN'S UNITS EMPLOYED HIT AND RUN TACTICS TO AVOID
BEING ANNIHILATED BY CLOSE AIR SUPPORT, ARTILLERY, OR B-52 STRIKES.
DUE TO THESE TACTICS, VIEN COULD ONLY RECALL ONE INSTANCE IN
WHICH HE OBSERVED THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN LEFT BEHIND ON THE
BATTLEFIELD. HE COULD NOT REMEMBER THE DATE OF THIS SIGHTING,
BUT DID NOTE THAT IT OCCURRED AT PLEI ME (ZA1506), CHU PRONG
DISTRICT. DURING HIS TENURE WITH THE 304TH LOCAL FORCES IN
KONTUM PROVINCE, VIEN NEVER ENCOUNTERED ANY AMERICAN UNITS
AND ONLY SAW ACTION AGAINST ARVN FORCES.

- (C) SOMETIME DURING 1967 OR 1968, PRIOR
TO THE TET OFFENSIVE, VIEN'S UNIT CAPTURED AN AMERICAN,

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ALONG WITH THREE ARVN SOLDIERS, NEAR YA KHUON VILLAGE (EXACT
LOCATION UNKNOWN) ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF PLEIKU. THE AMERICAN HAD
ENTERED THE VILLAGE TO STEAL A FEW PIGS WHICH HE PLANNED TO COOK
AND SERVE AT A PARTY HE HAD ARRANGED TO CELEBRATE HIS
GIRLFRIEND'S PREGNANCY. VIEN'S UNIT SET UP A ROADBLOCK ALONG
ROUTE 14 AND CAPTURED THE FOUR AS THEY RETURNED FROM THE
VILLAGE IN A JEEP.

- (D) VIEN DESCRIBED THE AMERICAN AS A CAUCASIAN, APPROXIMATELY
1.65 METERS TALL AND AROUND 27 OR 28 YOA. HE RECALLED SEEING
THE AMERICAN'S IDENTIFICATION CARD BUT HAS UNABLE TO RECALL ANY
INFORMATION FROM IT. THE AMERICAN WAS ABLE TO CONVERSE IN BASIC
VIETNAMESE BUT THIS ABILITY WAS LIMITED TO ASKING FOR FOOD,
WATER, AND CIGARETTES. VIEN'S UNIT HELD THE AMERICAN FOR
APPROXIMATELY ONE MONTH BEFORE HE, WAS TURNED OVER TO PAVN B3
FRONT AUTHORITIES. VIEN NEVER HEARD ANYTHING REGARDING THE
SUBSEQUENT FATE OF THIS PW.

- (E) VIEN WAS UNABLE TO IDENTIFY ANY OF THE FORMER MEMBERS OF
THE 304TH BN THAT MAY HAVE BEEN WITH THIS UNIT DURING 1968. HE
EXPLAINED THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF THE LONG TIME VETERANS OF THE
304TH WERE KILLED DURING 1968 AND 1969 AND BY THE TIME HE
JOINED THE UNIT IN 1971, REPLACEMENTS FROM PAVN MAIN FORCE
UNITS HAD ARRIVED. HE RECALLED AN INDIVIDUAL NAMED CUONG
(TELEGRAPHIC SPELLING UNKNOWN) WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE PAVN
66TH RGT DURING THE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED AGAINST DAK TO, BUT HE
WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE HIS FAMILY NAME OR CURRENT LOCATION OTHER
THAN TO SAY HE WAS ORIGINALLY FROM THE NORTH.

- (F) ALTHOUGH VIEN WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION
BELATED TO CASE 1868, HE VOWED TO RAISE THIS ISSUE AT THE NEXT
MEETING OF THE KONTUM VETERAN'S ASSOCIATION AND REPORT ANY
INFORMATION TO THE PROVINCE TASK TEAM.

- (4) ON 23 AUGUST 1993 THE PCIT INTERVIEWED TRUONG QUANG HOA
(TRWONG QUANG HOAF) (AKA BA TW GUM), A 64 YOA RESIDENT OF 16
TRAN QUANG KHAI (TRAANF QUANG KHAI) STREET, KON TUN CITY. HOA,
RETIRED SINCE 1989, REPORTED THE FOLLOWING:

- (A) FROM 1954 THROUGH 1968, HOA WORKED FIRST AS A POLITICAL
CADRE AND THEN AS THE DEPUTY PARTY SECRETARY IN SA THAY
DISTRICT (AKA H67). IN 1968, HE TRANSFERRED TO DAK TO
DISTRICT WHERE HE SERVED AS THE PARTY SECRETARY THROUGH 1975.

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- (B) HOA RECALLED THAT IN 1967 THE U.S.
4TH INFANTRY DIVISION AND VARIOUS ARVN UNITS WERE
STATIONED THROUGHOUT THE AREA. DURING THIS PERIOD, PAVN
B3 FRONT FORCES PARTICIPATED IN A NUMBER OF FIERCE
ENGAGEMENTS WITH THESE UNITS WHICH RESULTED IN HEAVY
CASUALTIES TO BOTH SIDES. ALTHOUGH HE HAD NO FIRSTHAND

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KNOWLEDGE REGARDING MISSING AMERICANS, HE DID STATE THAT
SOMETIME DURING 1967 HE HEARD AN AMERICAN WAS CAPTURED BY A
GUERRILLA UNIT IN MO RAY VILLAGE (UNLOCATED). THE ONLY THING HOA
KNEW ABOUT THIS INCIDENT WAS THE CAPTURED AMERICAN WAS
SUBSEQUENTLY TURNED OVER TO B3 FRONT AUTHORITIES.

- (C) WITH REGARD TO AMERICAN BODIES LEFT BEHIND ON THE
BATTLEFIELD, HOA REMEMBERED HEARING ABOUT ONE SUCH INCIDENT
WHICH OCCURRED DURING THE AFTERMATH OF THE FAMOUS BATTLE AT HILL
875, NEAR DAK TO. THIS BATTLE HAS EXTREMELY FIERCE AND THE DEATH
TOLL WAS EXTREMELY HIGH ON BOTH SIDES. HOA RELATED THAT DURING
THIS BATTLE, THE VIETNAMESE COMMUNIST FORCES, FOR THE FIRST
TIME, EMPLOYED A NEW WEAPON DESIGNATED "DKB". THIS WEAPON HAS
DESCRIBED AS HAVING THE SAME FUNCTION AS A BANGALORE TORPEDO BUT
WAS FIRED DIRECTLY INTO BARBED OR CONCERTINA WIRE BARRIERS TO
CLEAR A WIDE PATH FOR ASSAULTING FORCES.

- (D) FOLLOWING THIS BATTLE, B3 FRONT UNITS WERE INSTRUCTED TO
SCOUR THE BATTLEFIELD AND RETRIEVE ALL REMNANTS OF EXPENDED
DKB'S IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN SECRECY. DURING THIS EFFORT, THE
BODIES OF TWO OR THREE AMERICANS WERE DISCOVERED AND
SUBSEQUENTLY BURIED ON THE SPOT. HOA HAD NO FIRSTHAND OR
HEARSAY KNOWLEDGE REGARDING THE LOCATION OF THESE BURIALS.

- (E) REGARDING AIRCRAFT LOSSES, HOA PROVIDED A FIRSTHAND
ACCOUNT OF A HELICOPTER WHICH WAS SHOT DOWN IN OCTOBER 1962.
THIS OCCURRED NEAR RO CO VILLAGE (UNLOCATED), SA THAY DISTRICT,
KONTUM PROVINCE. HOA REPORTED THAT EVERYONE ABOARD THIS
AIRCRAFT PERISHED. HE RECALLED THAT THE PILOT'S BODY WAS STILL
SEATED IN THE COCKPIT AND SEVERAL ADDITIONAL BODIES WERE
SCATTERED ABOUT THE CRASH SITE. ALL OF THE BODIES LYING AMONG
THE WRECKAGE WERE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN VIETNAMESE. LATER, AN
ARVN UNIT RECOVERED THE ALL OF THE BODIES.

- (F) DURING THE PERIOD HOA SERVED AS THE
PARTY SECRETARY OF DAK TO DISTRICT (AKA H9), HE NEVER

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SAW OR HEARD ANYTHING REGARDING THE CAPTURE OR DEATH OF ANY
AMERICAN. HIS DUTIES AT THAT TIME WERE LIMITED TO MOTIVATING
DISTRICT FORCES IN PREPARATION FOR THE FINAL ASSAULT IN THE
SOUTH. HOA WAS STRICTLY A POLITICAL DIRECTOR AND NEVER ACTUALLY
TOOK PART IN COMBAT OPERATIONS.

- (G) HOA STATED THAT INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE CAPTURE OF
AMERICAN TROOPS WAS ESPECIALLY USEFUL TO HIM AS MOTIVATIONAL
PROPAGANDA. FOR THIS REASON, HE IS CERTAIN THAT DETAILS
REGARDING THE CAPTURE OF AMERICANS BY DISTRICT FORCES WOULD
HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO HIM. ON THE OTHER HAND, INFORMATION ON
AMERICANS CAPTURED BY PAVN MAINLINE FORCES OPERATING WITHIN HIS
SPHERE OF INFLUENCE WOULD GENERALLY NOT BE DISSEMINATED TO HIS
OFFICE.

- (H) HOA KNEW OF NO PRISONER OF WAR CAMPS SITUATED WITHIN
EITHER SA THAY OR DAK TO DISTRICTS, BUT DID RECALL A
REEDUCATION CAMP WHICH WAS LOCATED IN DAK TO. THIS CAMP WAS
USED EXCLUSIVELY TO INDOCTRINATE CIVILIANS WHOSE ACTIONS RAN
CONTRARY TO THE REVOLUTION. DUE TO LIMITED RESOURCES,
INDIVIDUALS SENT TO THIS CAMP WOULD NORMALLY BE KEPT FOR ONLY
THREE TO FIVE DAYS OF REEDUCATION BEFORE BEING RELEASED. HOA
WAS UNAWARE OF ANY WRITTEN RECORD PERTAINING TO AMERICAN PW'S.

4. PCIT COMMENTS:

- A. COOPERATION: THE COOPERATION AND SUPPORT
OFFERED BY KONTUM PROVINCE WAS OUTSTANDING. THE MEMBERS
OF THE KONTUM TEAM ABANDONED THEIR NORMAL DUTIES  AND
WORKED WITH THE PCIT FULL-TIME DURING THE INVESTIGATION
THERE. FOLLOWING THE INITIAL MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF
THE PCIT, THE PROVINCE TEAM ESTABLISHED A DETAILED PLAN
OF OPERATIONS WHICH ENSURED THAT INVESTIGATIONS WERE
CONDUCTED IN A TIMELY AND WELL ORGANIZED MANNER. THIS
ENHANCED PCIT PREPARATION FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEW.
MEMBERS OF THE PROVINCE TEAM TRAVELLED HUNDREDS OF
KILOMETERS AND SPENT NUMEROUS HOURS EACH DAY SEARCHING
FOR AND PICKING UP WITNESSES FOR INTERVIEW. THE TEAM
WAS QUICK TO RESPOND TO ANY REQUEST, AND IN EVERY

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INSTANCE, DID THEIR UTMOST TO HELP ACCOMPLISH THE PCIT
MISSION.

- B. WITNESS RELIABILITY:

- (1) TRAN MANH LONG: LONG'S DEMEANOR REMAINED
PROPER AND PROFESSIONAL THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE
INTERVIEW. HE APPEARED TO ANSWER EACH QUESTION HONESTLY

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AND WITH AS MUCH DETAIL AS POSSIBLE. HE OCCASIONALLY WOULD OFFER
INFORMATION NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE LINE OF QUESTIONING, BUT
WHICH ADDED TO THE OVERALL VALUE OF HIS TESTIMONY.

- (2) DAM QUANG CHAU: CHAU, AT 71 YEARS OF AGE, WAS UNABLE TO
RELATE MUCH DETAILED INFORMATION. HE APPEARED SOMEWHAT SENILE
AND SPENT AN INORDINATE AMOUNT OF TIME DETAILING HIS EXPLOITS
FROM THE 1944-1946 PERIOD. IT TOOK CONSIDERABLE COAXING BY U.S.
AND VNOSMP PCIT MEMBERS BEFORE HE BEGAN TO TELL OF HIS
EXPERIENCES DURING THE U.S.-VIETNAM CONFLICT. HE HAD A VERY
DIFFICULT TIME CONCENTRATING AND AT TIMES APPEARED TO DRIFT OFF
INTO A SEMI-CONSCIOUS STATE. ALTHOUGH HE ANSWERED QUESTIONS
WILLINGLY, WITHOUT ENCOURAGEMENT FROM VNOSMP OR PROVINCE TEAM
MEMBERS, HIS CLAIM THAT HE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE REGARDING THE H40
AND H67 PW CAMPS WAS ,HIGHLY SUSPECT. IT IS THE OPINION OF PCIT
TEAM MEMBERS, HOWEVER, THAT HE WAS NOT BEING INTENTIONALLY
DECEPTIVE BUT, DUE TO HIS ADVANCED AGE AND OVER FORTY YEARS OF
FIGHTING, HE HAD FORGOTTEN MOST DETAILS.

- (3) A VIEN: VIEN WAS DIRECT AND COOPERATIVE AND SEEMED EAGER
TO HELP. HE WILLINGLY ANSWERED, TO THE BEST OF HIS KNOWLEDGE,
ALL QUESTIONS ASKED OF HIM. HIS DETAILED RECOLLECTION OF HIS
PAST SERVICE HELPED TO ESTABLISH THAT HE WAS NOT IN THE AREA
WHERE CASE 1868 OCCURRED AT THE TIME THIS INCIDENT TOOK PLACE.

- (4) TRUONG QUANG HOA: HOA WAS EXTREMELY RELUCTANT TO MEET
WITH THE PCIT AND AGREED TO BE INTERVIEWED ONLY AFTER
RECEIVING THE ASSURANCE OF THE DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE KONTUM
PROVINCE PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE THAT NOTHING HE SAID WOULD BE
HELD AGAINST HIM. HE APPEARED NERVOUS AND SOMEWHAT HESITANT
AT THE BEGINNING OF THE INTERVIEW, BUT AFTER PHAM TEO
ENCOURAGED HIM TO ANSWER WITH COMPLETE SINCERITY, HE APPEARED
MUCH MORE RELAXED. HE ANSWERED ALL QUESTIONS OPENLY AND HIS
TESTIMONY APPEARED TO BE GENUINE.

- C. ANALYSIS/CONCLUSION: THIS WAS THE THIRD INVESTIGATION
OF CASE 1868. BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THIS PCIT
INVESTIGATION, AND THE PREVIOUS EFFORT, THE FOLLOWING
CONCLUSIONS ARE OFFERED:

- (1) NO ARCHIVAL RECORDS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CASE WERE
LOCATED.

- (2) OF THE INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE FOUR
WITNESSES, ONLY THE TESTIMONY OF TRAN MANH LONG COULD
POSSIBLY BE ASSOCIATED WITH CASE 1868; HOWEVER, BASED ON

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THE LOCATION AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS, LENGTH OF
EVASION AFTER THE SHOOT DOWN, THE LOCATION OF CAPTURE,
AND THE MENTION OF THE FLARE GUN A PRELIMINARY
ASSOCIATION TO CASE 1847, A RESOLVED INCIDENT, SEEMS
MORE  APPLICABLE. FURTHER  ANALYSIS OF THIS INFORMATION
IS REQUIRED TO CONFIRM OR REFUTE THIS.

- (3) THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY DAM QUANG
CHAU REGARDING THE THREE AMERICANS HELD IN THE NGOC
GIANGGIG PW CAMP IN 1968 REQUIRES FURTHER ANALYSIS TO
DETERMINE A CASE ASSOCIATION.

- (4) THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY CHAU REGARDING THE
GERMAN FEMALE HELD IN THE NGOC GIANG PW CAMP IN 1968
IS PROBABLY ASSOCIATED WITH CASE 1071, RESOLVED
INCIDENT, BASED ON NATIONALITY, GENDER, LOCATION,
AND DATE. FURTHER ANALSIS OF THIS INFORMATION IS
REQUIRED TO CONFIRM OR REFUTE THIS.

- (5) THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY A VIEN
REGARDING THE CAPTURE OF ONE AMERICAN AND THREE ARVN ON
ROUTE 14 PLEIKU PRIOR TO THE 1968 TET OFFENSIVE IS
PROBABLY ASSOCIATED WITH CASE 0937 BASED ON DATE,
LOCATION, AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS. FURTHER ANALYSIS


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OF THIS INFORMATION IS REQUIRED TO CONFIRM OR REFUTE
THIS.

- (6) THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY TRUONG QUANG
REGARDING THE AMERICAN CAPTURED BY MO RAY VILLAGE
GUERRILLA FORCES IN 1967 REQUIRES FURTHER ANALYSIS TO
DETERMINE A CASE ASSOCIATION.

- (7) THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY HOA REGARDING THE TWO
OR THREE  AMERICAN BODIES  DISCOVERED  AND BURIED BY
PAVN B3  FRONT FORCES FOLLOWING THE BATTLE AT HILL 875
REQUIRES  FURTHER ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE A CASE
ASSOCIATION.

- (8) THERE IS NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION AVAILABLE 0N THIS
CASE TO MAKE A RECOMENDATION.

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