SOOTH VIETNAM (SVN) NORTH VIETNAM (NVN)
Evacuation of NVA/VC Casualties. POWs froWaVN to NVN
DATE CF REPCRTi 7
7 (B) OF ACQUISITION : SAIGON, Vietnam
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Hieh ranking VC/NVA personnel and Chinese Communist advisors who werebecame ill in SVN were evacuated to NVN by helicopter, at least priorSon the Allied bombing of NVN began, afterward evacuation
personnel, Chinese advisors, personnel regarded as heroes and
effected by vehicle convoys which operated on an unscheduled bi-monthly basis from KONTUM Province in SVN through Laos and Cambodia to NVN.
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1. aily training course for cadros on HVA/VC policy on the evacuation of Mounded and dead personnel, the instructor stated that only Chinese Communist and high ranking KVA/VC officers (field grade and above) were evacuated by helicopter to NVN if they were wounded or became seriously ill, and treatment was not available in SVN. The evacuating aircraft took off fron an unidentified airfield in Laos and landed at the SAO VANG Airport In THANK HOA Province (reportedly in THO XUAN District). It was also stated during the training courseumber of helicopters evacuating sick and woundod personnel landed at OIA JAM Airport ln HANOI. This information was substantiated by hearsay information which Source received in earlyfrom NVN troopa operating in Laoa to the effect that Command-level oadres were evacuated from Laos to NVH, The Instructors also stated that helicopter evacuation of sick and wounded personnel had been available prior to Augusthen the Allied borfcing of NVN began, but afterward this type of evacuation had to be effected by vehicles. Evacuation by veheclea was restricted to Chinese Communist advisors, high ranking officers and porsonnel who were regarded as heroes.
During the sarre training course, the Instructors stated that. prisoners, whethor or not they wero wounded, were evacuated by vehlalas to NVN beoaus* adeqviato prison or hospital facilities wore not available ln SVN.
3. According to Source's cousincorporalrans porta- fjsj^
tlon unit whom Source mot In Gasbodiahere wero
monthly convoys of eight or nine eight-wheel trucks to evacuate sick and wounded personnel from SVN to NVH} those conveys had no fixed schedule. There were four types of trucks used for nodical purposes: the type equipped with litters was used for seriously wounded or ill personnel; the second type was used for personnel with light wounds or less serious illnesses; the third type was used for the transportation of medical supplies and equipmentj and the fourth type was used to transport food. These vehicles travo liedtrategic road which ran parallel to the infiltration route; at soma points the road deviated from the infiltration route in order toin Laotian territory. THAM also stated that theso convoys travelled only at night to avoid air reconnaissance and that two or three of the trucks were equipped with infrared lights in order to follow the road; the other trucks had dimmed lights. The strategic route followod by these trucks passed through Laos and Cambodia to VC .listriotn KONTUMwhero VC caeualtleorisoners of war were assoi*led for ovacuation.Original document.