1. MID-1970 SIGHTING OF FOUR CAPTURED AMERICAN PILOTS IN A NORTH VIETNAM ESE CO

Created: 12/17/1971

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SUBJECT: 1. ighting of Foot Captured American Pilot*

orth Vietnamese Commo-Liaison Station Aboutilometer* Northwest of Tchtpone

2. 9 Sighting of Two Captured American Pilot* Approximatelyilometer* Northwest of Muoog Pblne

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During June or0 four American Caucasian prisoners of war were observed at CommoLiaison Stationear Ban Nam Pha, aboutilometers northwest of Tchepoat.. The prisoners bad been captured In South Vietnam and were being taken to North Viotnam. None of the prisoner* was wounded, bat they were being carried on stretcher* because they had suffered Injuries to their feet from walking barefoot. All four prisoner* were over six feet In height and two of the four wore glasses. Three of the Americans appeared to be In their late twenties or early thirties while the fourthnoticeably older. The prisoners ware observedistance of threa meters. Villager* la the area said it was not uncommon for American.prisoners to past through Commo- Liaison Two American prlsonara were also observed in9 near Muong Phine. They were being detainedoncealed truck park along They were not handcuffed or restrained la any manner and did not appear to be wounded or Injured. North Vietnamese soldiers said thsy were -vcrewet fighter which had been shot down near

Phou Kator.

2. During June or0 four American prisoner* wer* observed In the vicinity of Ban, (village) Nam Phailometers northwest of Tchepone The Arr.irlcan* and their NVA guards were resting at Cotnmo-Lialson StationumbertThe American prisonurs were observed

from atried to iprak

toJKtmP They were uriaole to communicate with him, however, cot NVA soldier, who appeared toimited English' laoguage capability, was seen speaking with the Americans. The NVA guards said that the Americans were pilots who wera captured In South Vietnam and were being taken to North Vietnam. The Americans were not wounded but were transported on stretchers because of Injuries to their feet sufferedesult of being forced to walk without shoes. The Americans were not handcuffed or restrained when observed and were allowed to walk within the perimeter the NVA guards had established.**

ieId Comment: Current enemy Order of Battle (OB) holdings Indicate

that the prisoners were probablyas stated. The Interrogation of tw<

indicates thataisosishree-day walk from"the0 vicinity, thusIjfireSQ

J. Three of the American* appeared to be In their late twentlee or early Dm lies while the fourth man was noticeably older and was tha tallest of the four men. All four Americans appeared to be over lU feet In height and were Caucasians.*

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wo of the four Americana wors eyeglasses with off-white frames- they were not sunglasses. The apparent elder of the two had brown hair which was not cut In. military style. He was slightly

balding and his hair was turning grey. He had thick eyebrows and a

mustache. His shirt was open at the neck and the upper part of hiscovered with hair. The mantocky buildong The second prisoner with glassas appeared to be In his fateMs hair, which appeared to be blond In color, had recently beenwas parted on the right side. He had thin eyebrows and aapple, but he did noteard or mustache. He wae

5. The four Americans were wearing no Jewelry or watches had no obvious scars or Uttooe. They wore Identical pants and shirts which were off-white la color and appeared to be madeaterial similar to nylon. The shirts had short sleeveslpper In the front. The shirtsocket on the left side, hut no Identification tage -or Insignia markings were observed. The two prisoners who were not wearing glasses appeared to be in their early thirties and had brown hair.**

or approximately two hours

and observed the American prisoners during much of this time. He id not know where the Americans were taken after they left the CLS, ut he bad been told by his superiors that all American and Thai prisoners' were Ukea to North Vietnam.

arge NVA headquarters and bivouac area located near an Infiltration route to the south. The route was not motorable and was used only by foot traffic. The only Lao nationals who were allowed Into therea were local PL political and military cadre. Villagers tn the CLS area said that It was not uncommon for American, prisoners to past through

a. fair judge of age, height and weight.

Comment** rjjcoulcl not recall any additional descriptive features regarding these two prisoners.

8. Afterilitary Assistance Commend Ylci.iam/ Joint Prisoner Recovery Center (MACV/JPRCJ publication titled "Photographs of Mining andersonnel Inhatir Force Major Gene T. Pemberton, borejiresemblance to the older of the American prisoners he sighted. He said, however, that the man he observeduller face and was less bald than the man depicted In He also said that. Armyames Dan. el Williamson, looked similar to the second American prisoner who was wearing eyeglasses, although the man he personally observedose.

ilate9 two American prisoners were

observedne-hour walk south of Ban (village) Mai (probably

Nathom Mai.. aoproxlma.jly IS kilometers rorthwest of

Muoog Phlne "rvri lQ* Am<

prisonersistance oTTcTTiete^aTnacould not provide an

accurate description of them. Both man wore single piece uniform* '.

similar to flight suite. They also wore shoes and "fur" hats.

The map sheet used2 1TJ,

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11. The NVA soldier* guarding the prisoners stoodlevel to on* of the prisoners and came to about the levellower part of the ear of the other.* The American* wereor restrained In any manner, but were guarded by tanNVA *ohJIer*^The Americans did not appear to be woundedJ.could only observe the American, prisoners for a

few mlnutesbecaus* airere being directed Into his. general area and ha moved out of the strike zone.

12. The Americans were seen at approximately noon anddetainedoncealed truck park along Route li. ft&lffiShe initially did not notice the prisoners and walkedtruck park wherel|<erne^asecond group of NVA soldier*. i the Americans' saw the prisoners.

T" which had Just been shot down. The crewfrom the aircraft before It crashed la the Immediate area(mountain) Kator and the crew had been captured by anether American aircraft bombing the area

where the alrcraXthaTcrashed. He did not see the aircraft being sho^ou/n, however, nor did he see the pilot* parachute from It.

does not know where the Americans were taken after he

Phou Kator ia probably Ptou Katothou Katon Is also located at.

left the-

14. ACV/JPRC publication titled "Photographs of Missing and Captured Personnel Ine could Identify no photographs la the book as the Individual* he observed"

near Ban Mai. Hu also could not identify photograph* of

or Utley.

[Comment; BBCJaffifj may have been referring to the crash ofircraft on The last known posltioa of the aircraft was Daniel Everett Singleton, accession number, and Rdufi- Keith tjtley, accessionere on board. On1 photography no evidencerash site was found. The irea has been bombed, has heavy tree canopy, and there Is row cropping In the area. Inasmuch as tha aircraft was probably camouflaged, It probably would not bo observable because of the time lag between the date of the crash and the date of photography.

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