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POW/MIA: PRIVATE FORAY BY AMERICAN AND LAO RESISTANCE PERSONNEL FROM THAILAND TO LAOS IN SEARCH FOR AMERICANS; REPORTED CROSSINGECOND FORAY INVOLVING FOREIGN NATIONALS7 S E g

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TEXT. TCCCTHTlHb EHBKK OF THE LAO RESISTANCE, ON THE NIGHT OFROUP OF EIGHT LAO RESISTANCE MEMBERS LEDORMER ROYAL LAO AIRFORCE OFFICER, COLONELHIT)) SOULIYASAK, CROSSED INTO LAOS ACCOMPANYING AN AMERICAN IDENTIFIED AS MARKMITH)). THE CROSSING WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN TWO BOATS WHICH DEPARTED THE AREA OF BAN LAT YA KHA KHEMMARATH DISTRICT, UBON RATCHATHANI PROVINCE0 HOURS. THE GROUP TRANSPORTED SUPPLIES, PRIMARILY UNIFORMS AND FOOTWARE, AS WELL AS UNSPECIFIED AMOUNTS OF MEDICINE, AMMUNITION AND TWO MILITARY TYPE RADIO SETS. THE GROUP REPORTEDLY WAS MET ON THE LAO SIDE OF THE MEKONG RIVERMAN LAO RESISTANCE FORCE COMMANDED BYHAN)) NOPHOUVIENG. (PIELD_PRIL

SMITH. CHIT AND PHAN WERE ALSO REPORTEDLY INVOLVEDIMILAR FORAY PAGE 4 7 SECRET

WHICH TOOK PLACE BETWEEN THE PERIOD OF SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER)

2. ACCORDING TO THE RESISTANCE MEMBER, THE PURPOSE OF THETO ACTESUPPLY MISSION FOR THE RESISTANCE FORCES TO ASSESS THE STRENGTH OF THE RESISTANCE FORCES IN THETO CONTINUE TO THE LAO-VIETNAM BORDER AREA ON ANMISSION. REPORTEDLY SMITH AND CHIT PLAN TO REMAINERIODAYS. COMMENT: ACCORDINGECOND

MEMBER OF THE LAO RESISTANCE^HT^LSO WAS AWARE OF THE DECEMBER CROSSING IT IS BELIEVED THAT AFTER LANDING IN LAOS SMITH AND THE SUPPLIES WERE ESCORTED TO PHAN'S OPERATIONAL BASE LOCATED IN THE VICINITY OF DONG SITHOUAN SAVANNAKHET PROVINCE. THIS IS THE SAME BASE AREA REPORTEDLY USED DURING THE7 FORAY.)

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IN ADDITION TO THE CROSSING MAD OF THREE FOREIGNERS MAS ALSO REPORTED TO HAVE CROSSED INTO LAOS ACCOMPANIEDAO RESISTANCE GROUP ON THE NIGHT OFECEMBER. THE OFFICER IDENTIFIED THE FOREIGNERS BASED ON INFORMATION OBTAINEDHEMMARATH TOWN HOTEL REGISTRATION FORMS7 SECRET

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ASITIZEN OF NORWAY; MIKAEL (SIC) ITIZEN OF SWEDEN; ANDRMSTRONG)),ANADIAN NATIONAL THE THREE WERE DESCRIBED AS STUDENTS IN THEIR MID-TWENTIES. REPORTEDLY THE CROSSING ALSO OCCURRED IN THE BAN LAT YA RHA AREA APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR AFTER THE CROSSING REPORTEDLY MADE BY SMITH. (FIELD COMMENT TWO SEPARATE FORAYS CROSSING INTO LAOS ON THE SAME NIGHT USING THE SAME LAUNCH SITE SEEMS UNLIKELY. IT IS MORE LIKELY THAT THE TWO GROUPS WERE ASSOCIATED OR THE OFFICER INCORRECTLY LINKED THE PRESENCE OF THE THREE "STUDENTS" IN XHEMMARATH TOWN WITH THE CROSSING MADE SMITH. THERE HAS BEEN NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO SUPPORT THE REPORT OF THE SECOND CROSSING.)

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