SOUTH VIETNAM (SVfJ)
Capture of. Soldiers of the First Air Cavalry/Division in BINH DINH Province} Policy. PCWs
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DATE OF INFO : 6
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OnCAO VANG Division shelled, attacked and dislodged. battalions garrisoned on XUAN SON strategic hill, HOAI AN District, BINH DIUH Province, SVN. . soldiers were taken prisoner and taken to LONG HOA Village, AN LOA District, BINH DINH Province, where they were detained in people's houses. Later they were sent to the SAO VANG Division, then to Militarynd finally to NVN where they would be detained for possible exchange after the,armistice. The VC policy regarding POWs stated that. soldier could be exchanged for ten VC soldiers; and for one. officer pilot,. had to compensate NVNactory.
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OnPAOellowivision shelled and attacked XUAN^Qg strategic hill (approximate coordinates, KOAI AN DlstrjAr BWH OiWr* fVoUiae, . forces on this hill were comprised hr-caoA^afeon of. First Air Cavalry Division and oneand ISimrTSrtillery battalion. Afterimutea of fierce fighting0CC Regimentislodged the. battalions and captured XUAN SON Hill.
During the battle. Regimentaptured. soldiers of. First Air Cavalry Division; none of the prisoners were wounded. Later,r prisoners were 'conducted to LONG HOA Village (coordinatesN LAO District, 'BINH DINH Province, to be temporarily detained for four days in the people's houses.
Since this was the first time Regimentad. soldiers, the Regiment's fUild_grade Political Officer, Major LOG, ordered-his subordinate units to study the proaalyting .policy regarding JOWs. This policy mentioned that. soldier could be exchanged for ten VC soldiers;
" and-that for one returned officer pilot, the UiS..had to-oompeoaate NVNherefore, the VC treated. POWo better than SVN army
. prisoners. Zach day, they werethe -ecuivalent-oforth of food and one kiAogren-of rice. They were occasionally given one .pack ofigarettes. The VCranaietor-radic^(standard type,two-baiulfl^for errtertsinment.
he: prisoners were conducted.-trwro the SAO VANG Plrlwlnn, then to Militarynd^inally to NVN. This--system was .adopted-beoause the-VC "wanted -to detain. prisoners for possible exchange after the^-armistice. HVIIore .sQcura.axfia^nd.acilitiesillet- prisoners, -