ESCAPED PRISONER'S ACCOUNT OF HIS CAPTURE NEAR MUONG NONG AND HIS DESCRI PTION

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SUBJECT I ESCAPED PRISONER'S ACCOUNT' OF HIS CAPIURE NEAR HUONG NONG AND HIS DESCRIPTIONNE-8UILDJNGK,RISONERS NEAR KU0R6 PKINE

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; I. SUXXARYl AFTER BEING SEP/RATEDFROH HIS UNIT: AS CAPIURED BY SIX PATHET LAO HOKE

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AS LEDORD BY ONE'OF-TKE GUARDS. TKE PRISON VAS HEAST OF KUONG PHI BE* AT XD ITNE-ROOM'eutDINOEET LONG ANDEET VIDE. THERE VERE M j^ VERE EITHER PATHET LAP' SOLDIERS ORANS ACCUSED OF AIDING THE LAO ARMED FORCES* THERE VERE SIX LAO THEUNG GUARDSV THE PRISONERS VERE SHACKLED AT NiGHTA GUARD VAS ON DUTY OUTSIDE THE PRISON "ALL NIGHT.

SCAPED CnGIaPRIL WHILE BEING'TAKEN BY TWO GUARDS TO

PRISON.

ATTACKED BY PATHET LAO ON JUNGLEAYS HE VAS TAKEN PRISONER

2 KT7TSi)bECAHE SEPARATED FROM HIS UNIT VHEN IT VAS

tFEBRUARY. AFTER BEING LOST IN THE

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SIX PATHEI LAO HOME GUARDS ARMEDIFLES. THEYIS UPPER ARMS VITH NYLON PARACHUTE CORD, ANDOOP OFROUND HIS NECKENGTH OF. CORDUARD TOTHEY SEARCHEDINDING; NO" DOCUMENTS'^

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r THE VILLAGE CHIEF ASKED HIM HIS NAME

AND WHERE HE VAS FROM BUT NOTHING ABOUT HIS UNIT OR LAO ARMED FORCES (FAR) POSITIONS OR STRENGTH AROUND SAVANNAXHET TOVN VHER HE CLAIMED TO BE FROM. WHILE HE VAS BEING QUESTIONEDHE HOME GUARDS STRUCK HIM THREE TIMES BETVEEN IKE SHOU DERS VITH HIS HAND. AFIERVARD TKE VILLAGE CHIEF TOLD HI1

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TO BE TAKENRISONAT MUONG. {

AND THE SIX HOME GUARDS REACHED KUONG PHINE

FOUR DAYS AND NIGHTS OF CONTINUOUS TRAVELOOT

THE JUNGLE VHICH FOLLOWED NO STREAMS AND PASSED

GH KO VILLAGES. THEY CROSSED ONE SMALLTWO STRE KS AND ONE LARGE RIVER, THE LAST BY BOAT. AV NO K< TORABLE ROADS OR TRAILS. EVERY NIGHT HE HEARDND ijffi SOUND OF BOMBS EXPLODING SEVERAL KILOMETERS ;TO TKE NORTH.

DURING THE TRIP HE VAS GIVEN' ONLY ONE JUNGLEAY TO AT. THE GUARDS HAD NO RICE OR MEAT AND ATE THE SAME FARE.. OUPHA SAID THE GUARDS DID'HOT MISTREAT HIM. HE' BELIEVED HE OULD HAVE ESCAPED IF. HE HAD 'NOT "BEEN VE AXE NED BY LACK OF FOOD AND REST.ONE GUARD VALXEDETERS BEHIND HIM VHILE NOTHER LED HIMB-METER CORD ATTACHED TO THE CORD ' '

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'a, tkeP'reacked huong phine, which "appeared TO HRItO have BEEN uninhabited FOR/aboutnebruary and continued ON to the prison crossingbout) three kilometers vest of huong phine and then going north. t't prison vas on the north' banktream six meters vide the area vas heavily forested and) ved that the prison could probably not be seen from tke '

the prisonne-room buildingeet long and

ide. ITS floor VAS of bamboo and about tvo or three FEET above theke valls and ceiling vere made of poles fastened together vitht had AN "a" *SKAPEdUraSSheour feet high and tvoalf

. feet vIde, vas Lockedole placed horizontally across its center and through tvo wooded keepers. " af;

there vererisoners. about ib of'ihem were pathetlao'soldiers from the huong phine area who had not returned to

;their units afier being allowed to go home to farm or visit.

TOO'"XS CfACES

THE REST VERE'CIVILIANS FROM TOWHS SUCH AS BAN XATEP, BAH KAFILANG* BAH IA PO, BAN XETAHGLAYND BAH BA HNOMITH THE MAJORITY FROM BAH NA HHOM.THE PATKET LAO HAD 'ACC15ED THEM OF GIVING AID TO TAR SOLDIERS.ET^TO KEYER KTARD CF OR SAW ANY AMERICANS, THAIS

SIX LAO THEUHQIFLES MADE UP THE GUARD FORC DURING THE DAY THE PRISOHERS WERE ALLOWED TO HOVE" ABOUT iT-iiHIH THE BUILDIHO AHD IKE GUARDS REHAIHED:IH THEIR. * -QUARTERS ABOUT SEVEH METERS AWAY. 'GUARDS VISITED THE BUILDIHO OKCE IH THE EARLY MORNING AHD AGAIN IN IHE EARLY EVEHIHGEED IHE'PRISONERS AND TO COLLECTOOD FOR.ONE DAY COHS STED OF RICE' AND SALT WITH ONE BQVL OF RICE BEINGREE PRISONERS. EACH DAY ATHOURS TWO UNARMEDHTERjED THE BUILDING AND PUT THE PRISOHERS IN HANDCUFFS AHD LE6 IRONS WHILE- ONE WHO WAS ARMED WATCHED FROM IKE DOORWAY. THE IRONSUFFS WERE HETAL;WITH SCREWHE CUF*FS WERERG ISO HE WEARER TO KEEP HIS FOREARMS PARALLEL. THt LEG IRONS WERE SUCH THAT THE PRISONERS' WERE UNABLE TO WALK AND HAD TO HOP OR SCUFF FROM ONE PLACE1 TO'HE GUARDS RELEASED THE

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PRISONERS FROM IKEIR SHACKLES0 "IB TKE HORNING. SHACKLING AND"UNSHACKLING TOOK ABOUT AN HOUR.

PRISONERS VERE ALLOWED'TO TALK DURING THE DAY BUT Iff AT NIGHT. THROUGHOUT THEUARD, CHANGED EVERY TWO HOURS,

STOOD VATCH IB METERS IS FRONT OF THE PRISON

' UARDS NEVER LEFT TKE PRISON AREA. THEYv^va

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BETVEEMNDEARS OLD AND APPEARED ALERT AND CAPABLE. ' -

THEIR TREATMENT OF IKE PRISONERS VAS NOT CRUEL, HAD NOT HEARD OF ANYONE'S ESCAPING OR BEING SUBJECTED TO .

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NEUTRALIST SOLDIER IMPRISONED Nl

JSJ3^SAID HE BELIEVED THE PRISON HADi EXISTENCE FOR ABOUT 'THREE YEARS AND VAS THE ONLY ONE IN THE UONG PHINE AREA. WHILE HC VAS AT THE. PRISON HE NEITHERNOR HEARD ANY TRUCKS. HE DID HEARLMOST EVERY DAY AND NIGHT. NG VAS HEAVIEST DURING EARLY MARCH. vi!

" REPORTED IKE DEBRIEFING OF;.'

NEUTRALIST SOLDIER IMPRISONED NEAR HUONG PHINEECEMBERTHE PRISON IN VHICK

HE VAS HELD ON THE NORTH BANK OF THE HOUEI (STREAM) TAYUNG, ABOUT THREE KILOMETERS NORTH OF BAN NAPOND T

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described it had kavin0 three separate fence-enclosedu1 i* the center ofjotorable road'V-RAI north fromast the eastern edge of the CAMpV ^Zj^ffi

ilomis^sjjisffiiffift an. installation at5learingeavily forested area onof the houeit-Consisted of sevenonnected by well traveled foot pathsossibleence extendingemi-circle around the. southern portion.of theo hotorable road or*other installationsould be seen in the area.febt

mall cluster of five buildings at8 on

THE HOUEI.

PRISON GUAROS. TOLD' GUARD WERE GOING TO TAKC'HIN TO ANOTHER.LOCATION.. THE THREE

OUT THAT. DAY AND, RESTING.OVERNIGHT. at.SONG.ai ia TKOK KAI , AND. BAN KAFILANGk ARRIVED IN BAN na HNCM ON a'APRIL.. SONG PEUI CONSISTEDSEVERAL SMALL GROUPS OF BAMBOO HOUSES. ,'jHE VILLAGERS,UPPERREADFASTCE^ MEAT. AND VEGETABLES,

TtO UNDERFED. THATBUAADS PUT HANDCUFFS OB

AND TIED THE CUFFSOST*BOTH GUARDS^ THE BOOH VIIH HIM BUT NEITHER KEPT WATCH. Vp3IL, FOUR KILOMETERS SOUTHEAST OF BAB MA THOH'* teW^ASD.HIS TWO GUARDSELL-USID SINGLE LAN; TRUCK TRACK. fepO^COMMENT I .THIS ROAD WAS PROBABLY ALONGSIDE TKE ROADAW TWO EMPTY 2BB-LETER GASOLINE DKUSSOUR METER BY FOUR METERRINTS IB THE GROUND SHOVED WHERETHER BAWELS HAD STOOD. IKE 8ARRELS APPEAREO EW AND HAD ENGLISH ALPHABET.LETTERING ALONG THE CIRCUMFERENCE

OF THE TOP OF THE

ESCAPED FROM HIS GUARDS OS APRIL NEAR BAH OMMENTTO-BE TAKEN TO TKEHIS DEBRIEFING COULD BE COMPLETED SO.DETAILS OF HIS IjS

ESCAPE ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS tlME.T* , S^W

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