SIGHTING OF AN AMERICAN POW IN THE MUONG PHINE AREA OF LAOS AND REPORTS OF A PO

Created: 12/6/1971

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VIETNAM

SIGHTING OF AN AMERICAN POW IN THE MUONG PHINE AREA OK LAOS AND REPORTSOW ESCAPE AND THE CAPTURE OF AN AMERICAN IN THE MUONG PHALANE AREA

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1. AN INFORMATION REPORT WITH THE ABOVE NUMBER AND HEADING!

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WAS ISSUED ON iZF THIS REPORT WAS INADVERTENTLY OMITTED AMD SHOULD REAP AS FOLLOWS:

SAID THAT PRIOR TO HIS SIGHTING OF THE AMERICAN, A

SPOKE WITH SOLDIERS OF IKEH NVA VOLUNTEER BATTALION WHO INFORMED HIM THAT AN AMERICAN PRISONER HAD ESCAPED FROM HIS GUARDS SOMEWHERE ON THE COMPIO-LIAISON ROUTE AND THEY WERE LOOKING FOR HIM."

2. FIELD DISSEM: STATE ARMYCPAC ARPAC PACAF PACFLI NACV/JPRCi AF VI3TH AFRFS (ALSO SEKT^bv SAIGON).

REPORT CLASS'C Ok f

SUMMARY. DURINGORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY <NVA>

MUONG PHIKE AREA. THE AMERICAN APPEARED TO BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION AND HAD BLUE EYES AND BROWN HAIR.

OFFERED THEIECE OF PjANGO. WHICH HE A.

.AND FOR WHICH HE THANK

TO THE PRISONER SIGHTING,

'ABOUT ONE WEEKPOKE WITH TWO CADRE HO TOLD HIM THEY HAD OBSERVED TWO AMERICAN PRISONERS MOVING NORTH ON THE COMMO-LIAISON ROUTE. THESE TWO PRISONERS WERE DRESSED IMILAR MANSER

HEARD PRIOR TO THE SIGHTING THAT AM AMERICAN PRISONER HAD

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FROM AnRC* AFT in AT A

CAKEER CAPTURED IK THE MUSKSAREA.

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IKOftSTH VIETNAMESE ARMY CKVA)

OBSERVED AH Ai-iERICAH i :: -AREA OFV ILL AGE) E ViVD HE WAS NOT SURE C? THE EXACT MONTH OF THE PR ISO KIR SIGHTING BUT RECALLED THAT IT WAS DURING THE MANGO SEASON AND HE BELIEVED IT OCCURRED IN JUNE OR JULY. THE AMERICAN PRISONER WAS DRESSED IN BLACK PAJAMAS AND WORE HO CHI MINH SANDALS. HIS HANDS WERE LOOSELY TIED AND HE WASIX ARMED PATHET LAO (PL) SOLDIERS AND ONE NVA LIEUTENANT WHO WAS AN

THAT THE NVA ADVISOR WAS ACCOMPANYING THE PL TROOPSAMERICAN PRISONER IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE PL FROM| saID THAT NVA POLICYAMERICANSOT TO TIE THEIR HANDS OR RESTRAINANY WAY.) jji/iELD OMY CORRESPONDS A

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WHG HE POST IT SEEING AN AMERICAN PC ISWD 9S5 7) ONAY THE POW WAS GUARDED BY AECUT VAAPPARENTLY SERE KOVXNt HIS WORTHC-_Th

't? PRO ACHED THE AMERICAN PRISONER

OPFEJiEDIECE OF MANGO. THE AMERICAN ACCEPTED THE FRUIT

THE AMERICAN HAD ELUE EYES AND BROWN HAIR. HE WAS SLIGHTLY OVER SIX FEET TALL AMDLENDERS ROT OBSERVE ANY NOTICEABLE SCARS OR INJURIES AND SAID THE AMERICAN APPEARED TO BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION. THE AMERICAN WAS WEARING NO WATCH Op. JEWELRY OF ANY TYPE. -THE AMERICAN'S NAME WAS (JOT MENTIONED. THE AMERICAN WAS CARRYING AN NVA RUCKSACK Of-EHIS BACK AND VILLAGERS LATER TOLD THAT THEY HAD GIVEN THE AMERICAN TWO PINEAPPLES WHICH HE CARRIED IN THE*VED IHE AMERICANEW MINUTES BEFORE THE PRISONER AHD HIS GUARDS LEFT THE AREAORTHEASTERLY DIRECTION.

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cadre told

that THEY HSD seek MOVIBG NORTH Oh the INFILTRATION 'HAD OcSEHVED LARGE NUMBERS OF NVA troops MOVIiJG SOUTH. | ej> THEM IF AMY TROCPS were MOVING NORTH AND HEY SAID THEY HAD WALKSMALL GROUP OF NVA SOLDIERS WHO were GUARDING two AMERICAN PRISONERS. the CADRE SAID THAT THE AMERICANS WERE WEARING BLACK PAJAMAS and WERE BAREFOOT. they were not TIED OR RESTRAINED IN ANY MANNER. THE CADRE FOLLOWED THE GROUPHORT PERIOD AND THEN PASSED the GROUP BECAUSE THE BAREFOOT AMERICANS WERE MOVING SLOWER THAN THE CADRE WANTED TO WALK. THE CADRE DID NOT OFFER ANY DESCRIPTION'S OF THE TWO AMERICAN PRISONERS.

5. EW DAYS PRIOR TO THE SIGHTING OF THE COLLECTING MANGOES IN THE AREA A

NEAR HIS HOSPITAL WHEN ke ENGAGED ONVERSATION WITH SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF AN ANTIAIRCRAFT GUN CREW. THE MEN WERE CONGRATULATING THEMSELVES FOR SHOOTING DOWN ANH

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E chew had RECEIVEDESSAGE lKFORKlKuHAI THEY had destroyedh AIRCRAFT. the KESSaGE ALSO SAID THATelicopter HAD BEEN SHOT DOWN AS IT ESCUE THE aircraft crew. they SAID they WERE told IT HAD CRASHED on the southwest side OF PHOU (MOUNTAIN)

^ASKED if the pilot OFh plane WAS captured when T crashed AND the MEN told him THAT tkey DID not uno-'. they SAID, however, that they had receivedABLE THAT an AXERlCAf. was recently captured in THE muong ?halaee AREA. k

ihe akericaj; he

in the plane which the antiaircraft crew SHOT down because

HE then would have been wearing military clothing.).

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a. the official crash site list as1 includes..the follow ing personnel reported downed in -the xd/wd area in all of the following WERE reported downed prior TO and in areas other thau xd i) ltcol robert l. siandervick

and major ngrbert anthony coiner, pilot and crewman,

RESPECTIVELY, OF Al. 7kZ AIRCRAFT,Ii iiii CC 3UAH*.

(2) WARRANT OFFICER IWC) JOKK F. HUMMEL, PILOT OF AN AHIG HELICOPTER, ATARCH.

C3> WO JOR- E. RE !D, PILOT, 1ST LilUTEKAiVT-ILT) DAVID K. MA Y, SPECIALIST ) 5 RANDOLPHv, SPA ROBERT ACALOTTO, JR, ALL RIC HELICOPTER, AT8EBRUARY.

U> CHIEF WARRANT ISTMA N, PILOT, WO JON V. SPARKS, PILOT, SPS RICARDO K. GARCIA, CREWMAN, ALL KIC KELICOPTER ATE OH ARCH.

C5) JAMES HENRY AND CHARLES WAYNE SH, INIRCRAFT AT5ANUARY.

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