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Officers of the 2/12th, 25th Infantry Division and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), interrogators captured NVA soldier, 2/1/1970

Iconography 1668: Jeff Hinman Vietnam Conflict photographs and slides
 Item, Object: 48, Box: 1
The shirtless man was an NVA soldier who was captured after he was found in a tunnel near the one shown in photos 047 and 049. The prisoner was being questioned by an ARVN interrogator about the location of heavy weapons, mortars, ammunition, and a recoilless rifle used for firing at Fire Support Base Pershing and U.S. Army/ARVN troops. [line break] When the prisoner refused to answer the interrogators' questions, his arms and legs were bound; he was pushed to the ground and repeatedly kicked in the head and body by the ARVN soldiers. Whent he kicking did not get answers from the prisoners, a heavy iron weight was put across his stomach and buckets of water were poured down his throat until he revealed the location of the hidden weapons. [line break] I walked away from the torture and did not photograph it. [line break] The 2nd Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Divisioncommanding officer, Lt. Col. Burton J. Walrath, Jr, of Little Falls, NY, witnessed the interrogation and torture. He later demanded to review my negatives to ensure tha any photographs that ight prove to be embarrassing to the U.S. Army had not been taken. [line break] The prisoner did reveal the location of a large recoilless rifle that had been used to shoot at Fire Support Base Pershing and had come close to killing me and others a few times.; Location: East of Fire Support Base Pershing, Northwest of Cu Chi, Vietnam; photo by Jeff Hinman '68

Dates

  • 2/1/1970

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