NORTH VIETNAM (NVN)
Treatment of Released NVN
Upon Roturn to NVN
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a complete statement at their aotivitSSS^aftor 'capture.
InT ^attempted to desert hie unit and return to his ative hamlet) fcTvas approhended in hia attevpt to escape and waa severely -riti-'r,sd hy-a-ir Politiial Officer LE VAN THI EN who told him that when NVN POW's were released by tho GVN on speoial Viet*-namese holidays, such as TE? (Lunar Newhey were compelled, when thoy returned to NVN, toa complain statement describing the olrcumstailoes under which thoy were captured, all statements made to enemy captors, all parsons who hud interrogated tliem andho had been taken after capture.
This statement was then reviewed by the NVN authorities, and amade ao to the disposaleaoh individual cases, ormerto revealing Important infomatlon to the enemy underhe would probably bo oxeouted. n>i5 EE Jfflftl
th9jNyjj_gjovornment rogardori then as untrustworthy;
n American offioer POWU Lit CHaU THaNH District, Hall Ha Province, NVN. Tho American had li! ht colored
hair, wnite skin, wcs heavy se.t, end MPSeters tall. There weie no evidences of injury, and the American appe*rod, to. be, tn" good health and walked rapidly. He usjiiite shirt end dark
Source believed thojtilitsry truck carrying the prisoner had come from
THaNH HOa Province to NAM DINH Province endheaded in the direction of HaNOI. The truck carrying the prisoner and five or six NVA puards hrd stopped near the local PHU LY City Police Station wnero two or three NVN local policemen weie picked up before the fr upestaurtnt. The restaurant wos approximately one-naif kilometer fno the PHU LI City market on the east side of an oifcht-meter wide asphalt roodesidential section near the police station. The unmarked "Llitary four-wheels dark green snd hod acover over tie rear portion. Kfien trie prisoner stopped down from tnei*iwdto sui round him, but the people weioTdirectod awaytho prisoner to avoid any possible harm to the man. The guards carried no weapons and permitted the prisoner, win was not tied ln any way to enter the restaurant in fr>nt of them. The guardsfriendly towards tho PCvJ although thereno conversetiin between them nor wfb there eny conversatiin.betwoen the local populace and the rjsoiictn.
Source had hot heard of an; Vlotnaraeoo civilians boing kept in VC or NVA
adetention csmpe with captured Allied military PCW's nor had he heard of "rewards beinr. offered for assisting Allied prisoners to escape.
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