PRESENCE OF TWO AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR IN A KHMER COMMUNIST DETENTION CAMP

Created: 7/10/1974

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SUBJECT PRESENCE OF Tvo AMERICAN PRISONERS Or WAR IN A

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KHMER COHXUNIST DETENTION CANP IN KOHPONG CHAM PROVINCE OF SOUTHEASTERN CAMBODIA

1. AS IF THO AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR (POWS) WERE BEING HELD BY THE KHMEH COMMUNISTS (KC) cTCnTIGN CAHP NEAR THE VILLAGE OF HEHUI IN KOMPONG CHAH PROVINCE OF SOUTHEASTERN CAMBODIA. THE DETENTION CAMP WAS LOCATED IN THE MIDDLEOFFEE PLANTATIONMETFRS NORTHWESTAMPOAN VILLAGE AND ABOUTILOMETERS EAST OF LOU VILLAGE

THS THO AHfcSiCAH PflWSBEEN CAPTURED BY THE VIET COM3 (VC) IN SGUTH VIETNAM. THE THO MEN HERE REFERRED TOi (PHONETIC).LACK AMERICAN. IPHONETIC). HITE AMERICAN KITH RED HAIR. ..

2. THE rPW KNOHN AS BULLER HAS IN HIS EARLY THIRTIES. ARGE BUILP, BUT HAS THIN AND HAD CURLY HAIR. THICK LIPSELL TRICED MOUSTACHE AND GEARD. HE HAS.MARRIEO TO AMOHAN, AND THEY'HAO ONE SON PROH FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS OF ACE'. HE SONARA COKPlEXION AND SLIGHTLY CURLY HAIR. " C' :

[NEVER SPOKE NIIH BULLER. BUT 8ULLER'S WIFE INFOfiXgl. HEP HUSBAND AND HER SO*CAPTURED BY THE VC IN SOUTH VIErNAH MORE THAN AAGO. THEY HERE MISTREATED BY TMfi.tC AND ASKED TOW THi KC. THEASULLS*OLDIER. ARMY IN SOUTX VIETNAM' HE SROXI FAIRtY FLUENT KHKcR.

HE POM XHCKN AS CHAIGAR HAS OVER SIX FEET TALL. SLENDER. AND PRQ3ABLY IK HIS EARLY TWENTIES. ME HAD SOFT. SHORT RED HAIR, AN tBECTHARP NOSE. AND NAMV HOLES CR FRECKLESiS FACE. HE SPOKE VIETNAMESE.

4, BULLER HAS ASSIGNED. TO WORKARMER AT THE IN

HE WAS TRANSFERRED ALONGC HILlTARYAH TO SaNGKUH MEANCHEY TILLAGE TO GROW VEGETAOlES THERE* CHaIGAR WORKED AS a TRUCK MECHANIC AT THE COFTEE PLANTATION. BOTHHESc IN APPARENT GOOD HEALTH AND HAD BEEN AT THE DETENTION CENTER fOR HORE THAN FIVE MONTHS,

5. THE MEMUT DETENTION CAMP CONSISTED OF TEN 8AH300 AND THATCH BUILDINGS EACH MEASURING APPROXIMATELY ETERS. AMP HAD NO FENCE BUT WAS GUARDED BY ABOUTEN ARMED WITHKS6 RIFLES. THERE WERE APPROXIMATELYAW AND ?BB CIVILIAN PRISONERS AT THE CENTER, THE FANX PRISONERS .WERE FROHHH BRIGADES AND HAD BEEN CATTuKED IN THE AREA OF NATIONAL ROUTE ONE. CIVILIAN PRISONERS V'SSE SERVING ONE TO TWO YEAR TERMS FOR BREAKING KC REGULATIONS. ALL "THE PRISONERS WERE LOCKSJ UP AT NJ3HT IN IMS BUILDINGS OF THE CAMP INDIVIDUALLY CHAINED.

6.* THE TWO AMERICAN POWSSEPARATED FROMREST OF IHE PRISONERS. 6ULLER LIVED ON THE GROUND FLOORWO" STORY HOUSE LOCATED IN MEANCHEY VILLAGEILOMETERS WEST OF THE MEMUT MARKET AND APPROXIMATELY 2CB METERS EAST OF THEOn NATIONAL ROUTE SEVEN. HE AND HIS FAMILY LIVED WITH 20

GUARDS. FOUR KC OFFICIALS LIVED ABOVE TIIEH ON THE SECOND FLOOR. THE LAND BULLER WORKED WAS ABOUT IS METERS BEHIND HIS HOUSE. CHAIGAR SLEPT ALONEHED NEAR THE GARAGE WHERE HE WORKED. THE GARAGE AND SHED WERE LOCATEDETERS EAST OF THE DETENTION CAMP. TEN ARMED GUARDS LIVED IN TWO SHEDS NEXT TO CHAIGAR'S.

AMERICAN PONS WORE FATIGUE AND CAMOUFLAGENO INSIGNIA, BLACK BOOTS AND NO HATS. EACH HAD ABOUT TWOSUCH UNIFORMS.

THE JOINT CASUALTY RESOLUTIONevaluates this mwibtVWJJVffi:

"A. THE INDIVIDUAL DESCRIBED AS "BULLER* IN THIS REPORT PROBABLY RELATES TO MCKINLEYEGRO CARRIED IN*DESERTER STATUS. NOLAN HAD REPORTEDLY ESCAPED FROM THE REI-ERENCED CAMP, WITH HIS KHMER WIFE AND FIVE-YEAR OLD SON IN AN ARVN ESCAPEE REPORTED SEEING NOLAN AND HIS WIFE IN AUGUST OR3 IN THE VICINITY OFS. THIS IS THE FIRST REPORT ON NOLAN SINCE THE3 REPORT OF HIS ESCAPE.

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A CORRELATION COULD NOT BH HADE TO THE INDIVIDUAL REFERRED TO AS BASED ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF DETENTION' AS RELATED IN THE REPORT, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THIS INDIVIDUALOLLABORATOR. IF THIS IS THE CASE. JCRC CAN NOTORRELATION DUE TO THE FACT THAT THIS OFFICE DOES NOT MAINTAIN AN ACTIVE INTEREST IN, NOR DOSSIERS ON, DESERTERS/COLLABORATORS.")

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