AMERICAN PRISONER WHO COOPERATED WITH THE VC IN VC QUANG DA SPECIAL ZONE AND C

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Suwaary. In about Juneroselyting cadre about an>sCri"cantty vho had been persuaded to cooperate with the Viet Cone (VC) ia the VC Quang Da Special Zone (QDSZ) prison camp aton Mountain, VC'XoC-Son-Vlll*go;-WDal'loca Province. Bobby helped VC propaganda*itb their English, wrote propaganda pamphlets and conducted preliminary interrogations of newly-arrived Aaericao prisoners to try to convince then to support tbe VC cause. Bobby was trusted by tba VC and allowed to cove freely in the nearby Bontagnard villages. Indue to AlliedHilary operations In the area, tha Loc Son prison caap vat disbanded and Bobby and several other American prisoners

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In about3 1 " earnedroselyting cadre about an ar.ed .Batty vho had been persuaded to cooperate with the Viet Cong (VC) In the VC Quang Di Special Zone (QE>SZ) prison casp atLoc.Son1 toerovince. Bobby helped VC propaganda cadrestheir English, <arote propaganda pamphlets and conducted preliminary interrogations olAnerlcao prisoners to try to convince tbea to support the VC cause. Bobby *aas trusted by tbe VC and allowed to rove freely in the nearby Itontagnard villages. Inue to Allied military operations In the area, the Loc Son prison camp vas disbanded and Bobby and several other American prisoners

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caap TffQ became friends vith ni". Bobby vas aboutearsparents vers still living .in. and he hadand one brother. Bobby vas well liked by the Near the end> wSfS rezcivca *ordbad been admitted to the People" revolutionaryand vas to be transferred _fo North JEi^lnaahronic ptonacholdBEBjInatprisoners hadp^jujred In oSZ6 and one inald

ration for the Americans at the TaTp vas higher than that of high-level VC cadres. Important VC holidays vere celebrated; by giving the prisoners additional food. Important American' holidays vere also celebrated st tbt camp.' End Succary.

1. Daringmeeting in about8 of the Propaganda Subsection at the offices of the VC QDSZ Ullitary Proselyting Section at Loc Son Mountain, VC toe Son Village. VC Dal Loc District, VC Quang Da Pre vi

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American prisoner^met ChaneWlJiioed that he hadcourse conducted by the VCraining Section in7 and;vhen the course vas completed, he had returned to the Proselyting Section vhei-he met with an American prisoner called "Bobby" to practice his English. Chan said beriend of Bobby >ecause of frequent contacts and he learned about' the circumstances of bisjWJJSpcoh.'aeh

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of0 ond inarchVC QOS2 includes Danang City and Government ofQuang Kan Province less Que Son District and theDue Due District. VC Quang Da Province hasas the QDSZ less Danang City. Quang Nam, Quang Tin, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, PhuHoa, Kontum, Pleixu, Phu Bon and most of DarlacLoc District Includes tbe northern third of GVN

told Chan that in6 be had beenJeep fron. Con Khe post, Dien Blnh (CVN Thanh Thuy)Dan District, Quang Nam Province, south near the coast had lost hla vay. He'vent into VC Dien Blnb Village to "directions back to Con Khe and vas captured by VCvas later taken to the QDSZ Proselyting Section vhere he

j as^ Jr.prlsor.ed at the Loc Son Mountain_prlson fa-;. Tbe American said be vasTnterVoga'ted *b'y" Ho sod (fnu) Cbln, both former English professors In Danang, vho succeeded Id convincing his to cooperate vith tbe VC.

helped VC propaganda_cadresEnglish,"vrbts English language" propagandato attract tht attention of Anericao soldiers,preliminary interrogations of newly-arrivedin an attempt to convince tbea to support tbelso vatched the reactions of the new prisonersbis thoughts about them to the VC cadres In charge

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his parents vere still living .in. snd he badtnd one brother. Bobby was iell liked by the Near tha endv(.ij tort that

Bobby bad been admitted to the Peoples Revolutionaryand was to be transferred(to North iil-tnarn (NVN) a Chronic Storach 1flHisf" prisoners had been eap^TTd in tTevfr^z and one In latethe daily food

ration for the Accricans at the caffp was higher than that of high-level VC cadres. Important VC holidays were celebrated '. by giving the prisoners additional food. Importantolidays were also celebrated St the camp.' End Summary.

eetlng in8 of tbe Propaganda Subsection at the offices of the VC QDSZ unitary Proselyting Section at Loc Son Mountain, VC LocC Dal Loc District, VC Quang Da Provl

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American Chan^Splaioed that he had sttenae'd'an 'EngiTsh course conducted by theraining Section in7 snd; when the course was completed, be had returned to the Proselyting Section thai, he met with an American prisoner called "Bobby" to practice his English. Chan said beriend of Bobby because of frequentand he learned about* the circumstancesbis: dent

e"pyisoncrmentioned Id paragraph 1

ofpril and inarchVC QDSZ includesity and Covcrnsent ofQuang Nam Province less Que Son District and theof Due Due District. VC Quang Da Province basas the QDSZ less Danang City. VC im-5Quanp Nam, Quang Tin, Quang Kgal, Blnh Dlnh, PhuHoa, Xontun, Pleiku, Phu Bon and most of DarlacLoc District Includes the northern third of cvnDistrict.) _ r.

^cbby.told Chan that in6 be had beeneep from Con Khe post, Dion Blnh (gvn' Thanh Thuy) Village, Dion Dan District, Quang Nam Provider, south near the coast nnd had lost his way. He'went into VC Dien Binh Village to "sk directions back to Con Khe and vas captured by VC guerrillas. He vas later taken to the QDSZ Proselyting Section where beonhe American 6aid*ac "wasnd, both former English professors In Danang, vho succeeded In convincing him to cooperate vith the VC.

.Bobby^aldjie.helped VC propaganda_cadres improve their English,"wrote English language'propaganda leaflets designed to attract the attention of American soldiers, and conducted preliminary interrogations of newly-arrived American prisoners In an attempt to convince tbea to support tbe VC cause. lso watched the reactions of tbe nev prisoners and reported bla thoughts about tbea to the VC cadres in charge

Of the prison camp. BobbyjaS_COmpleJely_tr_u^ was

?7eelynearby Uontagnard .villages,

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amp vithHo An.aod soyeral_other_Amerlcan prisoners. 'Commest: Chan did not know tba location of this pris

CSJSpTT The move was made becaus* the area was inaocur* due to Allied and CVX military operations. At tho time cf the tbe VC releasedVh* prlscners and one Xepubllc of Korea Armed Forces corporal naced h'asho bad bsra captured by th* VC during the8 attack on Hoi An town. After Bobby vas moved to tbe VCcamp he shared luarters vith Ho An instead of living with the other Americans._

s Koreas language course Current Affairs Cosmitte concurrently chief of th

hen therison camp, ffig said quicklyood frie description, Bobbyt>ll Jivingsister

was selected to take

by Tranember off the QDSZ Party Committee nnde Military Proselyting Section. -The Cwaa conducted by

Proselytingobby at about ths end of ba American prisoners to tbee learned English from Bobby and. o IfkSmWtaTparents.vera

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Trie sovccade because the ares Insecure due to Allied and CVN Military operations. At the tine ot the stove tne VC releasedVN priecntre and one Hcpublle of Korea Armed Forces corporal nsced Nan, vho bad bern captured by the VC during the8 attack on Hoi An town. Alter Bobby was moved to the VC ML-Vprison camp he shared luarters with No An Instead of living with tbe other Anerlcans

'was selected to take nguage course by Tranember of the

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Current Affairs Committee of tbe QDSZ Party Committee and concurrently chief of the Military Proselyting Section. The vas apon-,prprf by VCas conducted by

, the Proselytingst about tbe sodwhen tbe tbe Aaerictn prisoners to tbe VCciTp.learned English front Bob by and tbey

quickly becane good friends. According to Uffi&iiiJIP description, BobbyeaxB old,-bis pareata.worei Jiving in the. and.bcder_brot.ber_and. sisterounger__sister.

G. av-JSfcla. said thai Bobb) eai free tc go anywhere be liked In the area and be visited tbe Montsgnard villages, always returning with food given him by the Nontagnards. Vaenever the Montagnards gaverea^dfeal of food, ba shared ii vltb the American prisoners'. aid Bobby was highly regarded by tbe Montagnards and they preferred dealing with blm ratber than tbe high-level VC cadres in tbe srea.

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cb'ursVecluded area, better froa tho VCroselyting Section which said that Bobby bad been admittedemberthe People's Revolutionary Youtb Croup and was about to be transferred to NVN because hehronic,abdoslnal .problem that needed

fcjjjjy Comnent: tfTm""sw> told WEBBfrisoner like Bobby, once he bad recovered froo nfseilment, would not be allcwed to return to SVN. Ho said Hanoi would probably send htmolitical Indoctrination course and. If obby Insisted, he would be admittedember of tbo Lao Dorf Party.)

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also told JHJM^that three other American prisoners had been captured in tbe QDSZ6e also said anotherarine sergeantorest control post in Xuyen Hoa Village, Duy Xuyen District,een captured in laic jogs, : Wfzgff

give the names of any prisoners- other than_Bobby7?^

. il^BPeaking about Bobby's'acttvltles. at theO also disclosed laforsation about the living conditionsAmerican prisoners st the detention eaap. Post said that untilarge number of American prisoners wers held In VCut hs did sot Xnow bow many or where they vers detained. Re said the dally food ratios Of an American vas considerably higher than thatC cadre. Each American prisoner vas allowed BOO gramarice per day, and their meals Included canned fish and meatwhich had been sent to SVN from Hanoi. igh-level proselyting s t Iwisrams* of rics vith yam ox

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itnioc added, plust the rate of exchange ofoor food and VNS2 (aboutor miscellaneous txpensee, per day. The priaonera vere occasionally given fresh meat obtained during hunting Tbe VC encouraged tbe Acerican prisonersgrow vegetables and raise chickens and pigs to increase tnelr food rations. Each prisoner was allowed to have five "Ruby" cigarettes per day, but the ration was occasionally Pjty cic-rettes are considered the beat quality Vietnacesa cigarettes.) Ctts*Bv> tha* American prisoners suffered abdoxioel trouble because they were uaed to eating meat but were cow eating rice, to which tbey vere unaccustomed. Yam, corn and saoloe vere mot addedo tbe rice given tbe Americans.

lolidays such as Christmas anc *ce

-*lso colebrnted by the VC in the American prison camp. Oo the 4th of July An gavelong speech stressing the Amorican struggle against the British colonialists,tic2larly cmpbaiiainj the Bill ofocument tbat

VC propagandists believed to be the earliest prog; declaration in tbe world. Tne speech also attacked Aserlcan Government policy in Vietnam as being against the vill of the American peopleontrary to th< Bill or Rights. affsVs> also said thai, accordingC study, most middle.and lower-class Americas prisoners die not understand tbe var aod vere thus easily propagandised.

11. Field Oisses; State USUACV USAID CORDS Dir/JUSPAOKickc'. only) 7th Air Force USARVth XIFAS OSI CIXCPAC PACFLT PACAF ARPAC " 11

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