David Lamb, 1940-2016

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David Lamb, who covered the Vietnam War for United Press International,   died June 5 at age 76 of lymphoma and esophageal cancer. Lamb reported from Vietnam beginning in 1968, and—among other things—is credited with dubbing the 101st Airborne’s 1969 bloody fight for Hill 937 “Hamburger Hill.” He returned to Vietnam in 1997,  and spent four years there reporting for The Los Angeles Times.

In his  2001 book,  Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns, Lamb examined the war through the stories of six Vietnamese men and women whose lives were shaped by the conflict. That book was the basis for the documentary film, Vietnam Passage: Journeys from War to Peace , produced by Sandy Northrop on PBS TV in 2002.




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