VC POLICY ON TREATMENT OF ALLIED POW'S, PUNISHMENT FOR VIOLATORS, MEDICAL TREAT

Created: 10/24/1967

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were told to treat prisonors ofOW'e) well and to give thorn sufficient food; soldiers could not beet or inault prinoners. HVA unito upheld those regulations, but local VC militia and guerrillas committed numerous violations. Cadres who violated orders were first demoted-and Lhen tranafarredj soldiers were first critioised and thon sentducatlon. ARMY OP VIETNAM/ARVN) POW's were eubjeotod to IfWiou^ht return" and were released when they were believed to bs convortcd to the VC node of thinking.treatment for Allied PCW's on tho battlefield oonolsted of bandaging, injections of Vitamin K to stop bleediiVi penicillin-injections and blood tranafuaions.

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i. VC units ir) VC Military notion TV uoro told, as of, to

. PCW's well, and to provide then with sufficient.quantltl*ho VC had tin rl^ht toirioonor'fl weapon, but not hla personal belongingsot was mode in order to ensure that the items were returned whan the prisoner was released. The VC vere not permitted to beat or insult the POW's, snd they wero to give them the some amount oi" food ao- waa given the VC soldiers. There was to be strictcement of the policies; however, tho NVA units uphold them, but the local VO' militia and guerrillas) committed numerous violations of the rules. Theae report* of ill-treatment by others were used to teach the men how to act proporly towards POW's.

adreOW or inotructed another man to beat or shootoldiorOW and tlie cadre did not punish him for thethe cadre was demoted for the first offense andecond offense.oldier atoloOW or

him, the first time ho was criticised in front of the unit; for thehe wus sent to be re-educated. After two occurrences,ear Services unit and not allowed to bo in combat.was also noted in his records, and his case was publicised arfor

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a OVN POW because he had not ralsea his hands wheniuiul' was (jubooquently criticised at oompany and battalion levels ah! sen'ine7week re-education courgo at company level. Tho duration ci the course, depended on Ihc.-aOriousnGsa of the violation, but Ihe usual length was one-week at tho company, and wasy tho political officir. In another case,oldier was not polita. prisoner rud com-plained about having to care for htm during evacuation from tho battiofiold, he was sont for stellar re-training.

ARVN POW'swo-wook to three-month thought reform course.they wore releasod if it was fait that thoy were convinaod ofln following tho OVN. If, during tho re oducaticn, theyescape, the process was bogun again, until the individual puabelieve in the VC line of thinking. After that thoy wereoto go to GVN, or VC, controlled areas. Uovovor,other,.Allied troops tried to escape, they were cent to higlwr3VWthought reform end

3. and other PCW's wore shot while ojcapingf they id notheod tlwr warning of the VC to stop.

Nedloal treatment on tho battlefield for Allied POW's consisted of bandaging,

Injections ofo etcp the bleeding, penicillin injection* and

blood 'transfusions, if nccoseary. Tlie blood plasnw: was obtaint'i. from tho

medical organisation .of thogion concernodj it was p'jroha.aad

Intnd was of French origin. Tho j

nd penicillin wero also bought in Saigon and wore of-French

origin, The process of Vjying theso rardlCal supplies tooko 20

and ltifficult procedure due to the problems thead in

concoaling the items whilo transporting them. As7 IV had

a shortage of penicillin, vitamins and the otherrnsiva drugs;

reserve's, wore low, because the items were difficult toaedic of .

the MH TV Political and Military Training School said that the labels of

some drugs were in English, and that those had been bought in Saigon

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supplied to the unit by MR IV headquarters.

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cirolad five or oix times and fired one rocket, all thatched food stand rooters) was destroyed, Thoro woro no injuries, since all were in Ho othor ordinaneo was known to have been expended while thaythethroo planes were

probably searching Tor tho twos that had boon shot down near the village earlier that afternoon. They did not Bay how the planes had been shot down, but did say that two of the pilots had_bcon captured not far from the village (location unknown). ThsWntloned that they had raveled by bicycle, to tho wreckage of oneplanes to pick up piecua of motal and wire for their personal use. Thay saw no bodies in tho wreckage,

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heading toward KUO QUAN Diat, NAM DINfT^rcv, NVN. At the side of theout of CHIVil, YEN THOX Dl^t, HOA BINH Prov, NVN, one Joepmilitary canvas covered truck, were parked. roupho villago wore gnthored ebout two US pilots. The people werenotero distant from the pilots, by five or six guards, Thofollowed closely by throe armed guards, ono on each side and oneof one mote^ behind. The flanking guards each carriod oneprisoners wore kept three meters opart by the guards. The reara pistol, Tw unit and ranks of tha guards could not beof darkness. The prisoners were-being escorted to the jeep Thoy get into tho back scat and the two guards armed withon either sidehe prisoners. rivar and the pistol armed guardthe front scnt-^rho remaining guards got iJtto the canvaa_covGredabove.The prisoners

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