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AMPN/SUBJ: EVALUATION OF SRV ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW - MR.
TU CUONG//
REF/A/RMG/CDR JTF-FA/220112ZSEP93//
RMKS/1. REF A DOCUMENTS AN INTERVIEW OF MR. PHO BIEN CUONG
(AKA TU CUONG), A FORMER LEGAL OFFICER IN CHARGE OF PRISONER
EXPLOITATION AND DIRECTOR OF PHUOC LONG PROVINCE DETENTION
CAMP. MR. CUONG PROVIDED INFORMATION POSSIBLY PERTAINING TO
REFNO 0054 [XXXX][XXXX], AN UNRESOLVED CASE. HE ALSO PROVIDED
THE NAMES OF OTHER INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY HAVE INFORMATION
PERTAINING TO UNACCOUNTED FOR U.S. SERVICEMEN.

2. REFNO 0054: ON 9 FEBRUARY 1965, ARMY SPECIALIST FOUR,
[XXXX][XXXX][XXXX] A MEDIC, WAS CAPTURED IN THE VICINITY OF
GRID COORD YU458068, DUC PHONG, SONG BE PROVINCE.

A. MR. CUONG RECALLED THE CAPTURE OF AN AMERICAN MEDIC BY AN
UNIDENTIFIED PAVN UNIT IN EARLY 1965. HE DESCRIBED THE MEDIC AS
BEING BETWEEN 20 AND 25 YEARS OLD, TALL AND THIN. WITH WHITE SKIN
AND LIGHT COLORED HAIR. MR. CUONG ALSO SAID THE MEDIC WAS CALLED
"[XXXX]" AND HAD BECOME FLUENT IN VIETNAMESE. MR. CUONG RECALLED
THAT IN MAY OR JUNE OF 1966, DUE TO A BOMBING RAID IN THE DAK NHAO

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AREA. THE MEDIC WAS MOVED TO SAFETY. ON THE THIRD NIGHT OF
MOVEMENT THE MEDIC WAS REPORTEDLY KILLED BY A TIGER, WHO
ALLEGEDLY ALSO TOOK THE BODY AWAY. MR. CUONG ALSO SAID HE
WITNESSED THE DEATH OF THE MEDIC. B. MR. CUONG'S INFORMATION
CLOSELY MATCHED THE TIME FRAME OF CAPTURE. LOCATION AND PART
OF THE PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE MEDIC. HOWEVER,  HIS
STATEMENT THAT [XXXX] WAS KILLED BY A TIGER IS INCONSISTENT
WITH TWO PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS (TRAN NGOC KHANH AND DO VAN
NGUYEN) WHO CLAIM [XXXX] WAS EITHER KILLED OR LOST DURING THE
RAID ON DAK NHAO CAMP.

C. JTF-FA FILES INDICATE REFNO 0054 WAS THE ONLY GROUND LOSS
INCIDENT INVOLVING A MEDIC IN THE DU PHONG AREA. SONG BE
PROVINCE DURING THIS TIME FRAME.

3. FORWARDED  TO CDRPERSCOM-TAPC-PED-P FOR APPROPRIATE ACTION
A SANITIZED COPY OF REF A WILL BE FORWARDED SEPARATELY FOR
RELEASE.
EVAL: [XXXX]//

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