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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BANGOK TH 06519
    
UNCLASSIFIED  0055   FEB 93
    
DIA PASS TO DOD POW-MIA CENTRAL DOCUMENTATION OFFICE

SUBJ: SRV ORAL HISTORY, INTERVIEW WITH QUANG NAM-DANANG
PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE VICE CHAIRMAN, MR. NGUYEN DINH AN

REF: DET 1 JTFFA MSC 200341Z JAN 93
    
1. REF WAS THE SUMMARY REPORT OF ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED IN
VIETNAM BY JTFFA SPECIAL ASSISTANT, MR G.E. BELL, DURING THE
PERIOD 6 TO 18 JAN 93. THE FOLLOWING REPORT PROVIDES LIMITED
INFORMATION OBTAINED  IN DANANG CITY DURING AN
    
INTERVIEW WITH MR NGUYEN DINH AN,  WHICH WAS CONDUCTED
ON 17 JAN 93. THE INTERVIEW WAS MONITORED BY ASSIGNED
COUNTERPART AND MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE REP, LTC
PHAM TEC, MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR   REP, MR HA MINH THAN,
QUANG NAM DAKANG PROVINCE TASK TEAM CHIEF, MAJ THAN
PHUOC SAU, LOCAL EXTERNAL AFFAIRS REP, MR LAM QUANG MINH,
AND ICCAI PUBLIC SECURITY  REP, MAJ MAI QUY TRUNG.
    
2. WHILE INTERVIEWING FORMER CADRE IN DANANG, SA MET WITH
PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE VICE CHAIRMAN, MR NGUYEN  DINH AN. MP
AN SAID HE HAD JUST COMPLETED AN INTERVIEW   WITH THE LIVE
SIGHTING INVESTIGATOR (LSI) FROM DET 2 IN HANOI. ACCORDING TO
MR AN, HE INFORMAED THE LSI THAT HE, HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF
US PERSONNEL WHO WERE  KILLED OR CAPTURED DURING THE WAR.
MR AN TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO REITERATE THAT HE HAD NO
KNOWLEDGE OF ANY AMERICANS REMAINING  IN VIETNAM.
    
S. SA QUERIED MR AN CONCERNING HIS KNOWLEDGE or OTHER
CADRE WHO WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED WITH US POW'S DURING
THE WAR, EXPRESSING  THE OPINION THAT A SENIOR PARTY
    
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OFFICIAL SUCH AS MR AN COULD REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO
HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF SUCH CADRE. MR AN SAID THAT

DURING THE WAR TEAKS HE WAS OCCASIONALLY IN CONTACT WITH
CADRE OF THE MILITARY AND ENEMY PROSELYTING OFFICES, PUT
HE HAD POOR RECALL REGARDING THIS TOPIC DUE TO THE TIME
LAPSE.

4. WHEN ASKED IF HE COULD RECALL A CADRE NAMED THAN XUAN
CHI, A NATIVE OF TAM KY, MR AN SAID HE RECALLED THAT MR
TRINH XUAN CHI, VICE THAN XUAN CHI, WAS A CADRE ASSIGNED TO
THE MILITARY PROSELYTING OFFICE OF WARTIME QUANG DA.
MR CHI WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN DIEN HAN DISTRICT
SOMETIME DURING 1969. MR AN SAID HE COULD NOT RECALL A
CADRE NAMED PHAM CHINH OR PHAN CHINH, BUT HE DID RECALL A
NGUYEN CHINH, WHO HE VAGUELY RECALLED OCCASIONALLY
USED THE COVER NAME PHAM CHINH. ACCORDING TO MR Ah,
NGUYEN CHINH WAS A CADRE ASSIGNED TO 11,E MILITARY!
PROSELYTING OFFICE (POSSIBLY  DEPUTY OFFICE CHIEF) UNTIL

THE 1968 "TET" GENERAL OFFENSIVE WHEN HE WAS CAPTURED BY
FORCES OF THE GVN. MR AN RECALLED THAT NGUYEN CHINH WAS
RELEASED DURING THE SCHEDULED RELEASE OF POW'S OF BOTH
SIDES IN 1973. AFTER THE WAR ENDED, NGUYEN CHINH WAS
APPOINTED AS THE DEPUTY HEAD OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS OF THE
SRV. MR CHINH CURRENTLY RESIDES IN HANOI AND IS STILL
ASSIGNED  AS THE DEPUTY FOR  RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS. MR AN DID
RECALL A CADRE NAMED LE THANH BINH. ACCORDING TO MR AN, LE
THANH BINH WAS ASSIGNED TO THE QUANG DA SPECIAL ZONE
MILITARY PROSELYTING COMMITTEE UNTIL SOMETIME DURING
1969 WHEN HE WAS KILLED IN AN AMBUSH BY  US FORCES. MR AN
COULD NCT RECALL A CADRE NAMED LE DIEN. (NOTE: MND REP
TEO INTERJECTED THAT LE  LIEN (ZIEENX) WAS ASSIGNED  T'O
THE MRS ENEMY PROSELYTING OFFICE DURING THE WAR. TEO
EXPLAINED THAT  MR AN WOULD NORMALLY  NOT  BE FAMILIAR
WITH  EPD CADRE BECAUSE  HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE CIVIL
ADMINISTRATION. TEO RECALLED THAT SUBSEQUENT TO HIS TOUR
WITH THE MRS EPO, LE DIEN  WAS REASSIGNED  AS THE CHIEF or
THE ENEMY  PROSELYTING DEPARTMENT, GENERAL POLITICAL
DIRECTORATE IN HANOI. TEO BELIEVES LE DIEN DIED IN HANOI DUE
TO NATURAL CAUSES SOMETIME DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS).
MR AN DID RECALL A CADRE NAMED  "TRINH" , WHO WAS
ASSIGNED AS THE CHIEF OF THE QUANG DA MPO. MR PHAN IAN
TRINH IS CURRENTLY ASSIGNED AS THE DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF
THE DAC  LAC PROVINCE PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE. MR AN SAID HE
RECALLED THAT SOMETIME DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS A CADRE
NAMED THAI HAD ARRIVED FROM HANOI TO VISIT  THE DANANG

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AREA. THAI SAID HE WAS ASSIGNED TO GROUP 776 IN HANOI BUT
DURING THE WAR YEARS  HE HAD BEEN  ASSIGNED TO THE ENEMY
PROSELYTING OFFICE OF MR5. MR AN WAS NOT  INFORMED
CONCERNING THE NATURE OF MR THAI'S VISIT TO DANANG AND
COULD NOT RECALL ANY  FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT HIM. (NOTE:
MND REP, LTC TEO, SAID HE BELIEVED MR. AN WAS REFERRING TO
THE FORMER DEPUTY OF GROUP 776. TEO SAID HE WOULD ATTEMPT
TO DETERMINE MR THAI'S CURRENT WHEREABOUTS.

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