TRANSFER OF AMERICAN PRISONER OF WAR FROM SOUTH VIETNAM

Created: 8/28/1971

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SUBJECT TRANSFER Of AnERICAH PRISONER OF WAR FROM SOUTH VXEtNAH

jSOURCK AN Ar.CRICAfi GoSERVEH /ftOil THE DEBRIEFINGLU EftAO* AXA THAN lUEP LAtrQ* BAO WAS &ORNB INHU LAM AREA OF CHOLON, SOUTH VIETNAM, AND HAD

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six YKAHS of FORMALINCEB BAOOnMIITEE fitrtoEfi of THE VUT CONti (VC) DUC TRONG iUSTHICT HEADQUARTERS MILITARY STAFF UNTIL he RALLIED IH HE JOINED the VC.IN4 AND AFTER THREE MONTHS TRAINING WAS ASSIGNED TO0 -battalion of VC MILITARYHICH OPERATED in LAW DONG, TUYEN DUC, AND BlNH THUAN PROVINCES. HE was TRANSFERRED FROM TUYEN DUC to THE VC oltfTH LOCAL FORCE BATTALION INND IN HAY ISfcS he WAS ASSIGNED TO the DUC TROrJG UIS1KICT HEADQUARTERS-UNIT. bag WAS COOPERATIVE DURING DEBRIEFINGS BUT HIS REPORTING RELIABILITY HAS NOT BEEN

ESTABLISHED. THIS BIOQRAPHIC DATA IS THE RESULT CF PRELIMINARY DEdRIEFIHOS AND IS SUBJECT to CHANGE.

t. AN AMERICAN CONVOY CONSISTING OF FIVE OR SIX VEHICLES

ambusheu ABOUT 2tt0 on4 MAN VIET CGNu CVC> ELEMENT. IN THEAMERICAN WAS WOUNDED in THE RIGHT LEG. he was CAPTUREDVC ELEMENT WHICH took Hlh TO THE BlflTn BATTALIONHE WAS GIVEN MEUICAL TRl.atment. BY NURSE. PHAN

BEING INTERROGATED.

SHORTLY AFTER HIS CAPTURE, ThE PRISONER OF WAR CPOW) was TRANSFERRED

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TO ttiZ HEADQUARTERS OF THE MILITARY SECTION of THE TUYF.tf duc

province vc committee bynd six vc guards, the pow

TURNED OVER .TO FIRST LIEUTENANT DINH7 YEARVIETNAMESE WHO CAME SOUTH DAN WAS THEUlCri VAN) OF THE ENEMY MILITARY TRANSPORTATION SECTIONPOLITICAL CAORK/PROPaGAHDA SECTION OF THE TUYEN DUCSTAFF SECTION* (FIELD COMMENT.! THE PRISONERtip4 KEITH ALBERT WHO WAS CAPTURED IN THIS AREA ON

<i. THE AMERICANfAfi SEEN DAILY* BY i'.AO UNTIL HE VASTO THE CENTRAL OFFICE FOR SOUTH VXETtfAN CCQSVN) IN- AIS THE POM WAS CONSIDERED TO HAVE SURRENDERED dECAUSK HE HAD THROWN UP HIS HANDS AND RUN TOWARD THE VC POSITION. TnE POW WAa NOT TIED WHILE UNDER DETENTION. THE POW TOLD BAJ3 THAT :iEEARS OLD,ERGEANT, AKD HAD TWO SISTERS, ONE OLDER AMI ONL YOUNGER,ROTHER WHO WAS ALSO SERVING IN SOUTH VIETNAM. THE POWTHAT HEIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE AND PLANNEDNTER COLLEGE WHERE HE WANTED TO MAJOR IN ENGINEERING. HE SAID -ilS NlCXNAME WAb "ftUCK". ME DID NOT HAVE NAME TAG ON KIS CLOTHES UK OT.iEN IDENTIFYING DATA TO CONFIRM HIS NAME OR RANK. HEHXIEEET TWO INCHES TALL, HEIGHTl, THIN. BUILD, BROWNROWN BEARD. DARK COMPLEXION.

0. SAO SAID THAT ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADEADIOMILITARY REGION (MR)'HEADQUARTERS TO TRANSFER TKE POW TO COSVN (SOURCE COMitENT: EADQUARTERS WAS LOCATEDWALK FROM PHAN THIET CITY.) THE POW, ESCORTED BYAND SIX GUARDS, WAS TO DEPART LAM DONG PROVINCEHE DONG NAI THUONG RIVER MB FROM THERE TOWHICH WOULD BE FOLLOWED TO THE CAMBODIAN flQRDER. ATTHE GROUP WAS TO BE MET BY AN ESCORT WHICH WOULD ASSISTIM REACHING COSVN HEADQUARTERS> PRIOR TO DEPARTING, THE POWTAPt CONCERNING HIS TREATMENT IN THE CAMP, AMS GIVING HIS VIEWSWAH. THF. GROUP LEFT IN, EARLYa. PRIOR

THE POW WAS ISSUED AM EXTRA SET OF LARGE SIZEA PAIR OF HOCACK PACKCARRYINGONCHO,;'CIGARETTES, AAND ONE PAIR OF .

ABOUT ONE WEEK AFTER EEPARTURE, THE GROUP SENT WORD.TOOXZii DUC VC COMMITTEE THAT THE ROUTE HAD BEEN BLUCKED BY AN

ALLIED OPERATION AND REQUESTED INSTRUCTIONS. ARRANGEMENTS WERK fcAtffi THROUGH VCOR AJi ESCORT TO GUIDE THE isROUP TO HIGHWAY U. AN AKVM MAJOR, LO VAN E, WHO HAD dEEN ATTENDING THE COMHD GENERAL feffAFF COLLEGE IN DALAT9 TUYEN DUG PROVINCE, HAD BEEN CAPTURED IM NOVEMBER lS>7fciE WAS SENT ALONG TO JOIN THE GROUP GOINU TO CAHuODlA. (FIELD COHAEHTt MAJOR LOAS CAPTUrtEDOVEMBERN AN AMBUSH ON HIGHWAY> THE TUYEN DUG PROVINCE VC"COMMITTEE RECEIVED WORD IN FEBRUARY THAT THE PQWS AND ESCORT PARTY HAD REACHED COSVN SAFELY.

>. LIEUTENANT DAN AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE ESCORT PArtTY KETUftNED TO TUYEN DUC PROVINCE IN LATE1 AND EPORTED THAT THE POWS HAD BEEN IN GOOD HEALTH WHEN DELIVEREDOSVN. DAN SAID THAT THE AMERICAN POW HAD APPEARED TO BECOME, HEALTHIER AS THE TRAIL flECAftE MORE DIFp^ftiH THAfT AT TI ME S , CAKKIED THE PACKS OF THE GUARD FuRCE._

HAD HEARD THAT PLANES AS WELL AS VEHICLESTO COSVN IF SECURITY PERMITTED AND IF "THE POW WASIMPORTANCE. HE SAID THAT ALL PRISONERS WERE TAKENVIETNAM-FOR*

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