1. OBSERVATION OF U.S. POW'S WALKING UNGUARDED IN HANOI IN LATE 1968 AND UNDE

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. POWS WALKING UNGUARDED IN

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2. ACCOUNT. SON TAY PRISON RAID BY FORMER SON TAY RESIDENT

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SUMMARY: NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY SERGEAPT OBSERVED SEVEB. AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR WALKING UNfiUAKDLDARK IN HANOI IN LATE BYSTANDERS SAID THE PRISONERS WALKED'IN THE SAME AREA AT LEASTKK. .DURING THE. FALL

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WALK EAST OF HUONG PHINE, LAOS. THE HEN WERE TIED WITH ROPES AND WERE UNDER NVA GUARD. ECHANIC OF THE NORTH VIETNAMESETH GROUP WHO FORMERLY LIVED IN SON TAY, NORTH VIETNAM, SAID IN2 THAT TRUCKS CARRIED PRISONERS AWAY FROM THE SON TAY PRISON ABOUT SIX HOURS PR IOR TO. RAID. HE LATER LEARNED THAT THE PRISONERS WERE TAKEN TO HA SAC. END

.1. SEVEN CAUCASIANS, IDENTIFIED BY BYSTANDERS ASPILOTS BEING HELD AS PRISONERS OF WAREREKORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY (NVA) SERGEANT

IN THE PHO TRANG TIEN SECTION OF HANOI DURING THE SEVEN MEN_WERE .IN TWO SEPARATE_GROUPS OF FOUR AND THREE MEN EACH AND THEY SPENT ABOUT INUTES WALKINGTREET WHICHPARK SURROUNDING THE HO ROAN KIEM LAKE. BYSTANDERS SAID THAT THE PRISONERS WALKED IN THE SANE AREA ABOUT CSCE A

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HE SIGHTED THE'MEN, ONLY THAT IT WAS AFTER. BOMBING HALT HE DESCRIBED THE PHO TRANG TIEN SECTION OF HANOI ASUSINESS DISTRICT WITH THREE-AND FOUR-STORY ILDINGS. '

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WRIST OF EACH MAN WITH ABOUT THREE METERS BETWEEN MEN. THE

AMERICANS WERE DRESSED IN BOTH PLAIN GREEN AND.

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TYPE SHIRTS AND TROUSERS AND. TYPE PACKS ON THEIR BACKS. SOKE OF THE AMERICANS WORE COMBAT BOOTS BUI OTHERS, APPARENTLY SUFFERING FROM BLISTERED FEET, CARRIED THEIR BOOTS TIED TO THEIR PACKS. THEY HAD TUBES OF MATERIAL SLUNG AROUND THEIR NECKS, WHICH .BELIEVED CONTAINED RICE.

6. AN NVA MECHANIC NAMED NEWLY ASSIGNED TO THE

H GROUP, SAID IN2 THAT HE HADA RESIDENTON TAY, NORTH VIETNAM, AT THE TIME OF. RAID TO FREE POW'S THERE AND THAT TRUCKS HAD TAKEN THE ROW'S AWAY

FROM THE PRISON ABOUT SIX HOURS BEFORE THETHAT

WHEN HELICOPTERS LANDED AT THE PRISON DURING THE MIDDLE OFLOCAL RESIDENTS THOUGHT IT WAS AN NVA COMBATTHEY FLED THE AREA WHEN THE SHOOTING STARTED*

THAT SEVERAL SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS WERE KILLED. HEFROM OTHER RESIDENTS THAT THE POW'S HAD BEEN TAKENSAC. THE SON TAY PRISON RAID OCCURRED ON

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NEAR SON TAYND HAD HEARD ABTO THE UNSUCCESSFUL

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