Obituaries

Ann Morrissy Merick, 1933-2017

May 10, 2017

Merick was ABC's first female television field producer in the Vietnam War, and one of only a handful of female network producers who covered the war. In 1967, she and several other female reporters won…

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David Berry, 1943-2016

December 26, 2016

David Berry, the playwright and screenwriter whose acclaimed 1977 play, "G.R. Point" was based on his service in the Vietnam War,   died December 16  at age 73 following a heart attack. Berry joined the Army in…

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Houston Conwill, 1947-2016

November 22, 2016

Houston Conwill , a prominent sculptor who specialized in large installations, died November 14 at age 69. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Conwill joined the U.S. Air Force in 1966 and did a tour of…

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Thom Jones, 1945-2016

October 19, 2016

Thom Jones, a former Marine who gained literary fame in the 1990s for his hard-hitting fiction writing, died October 14 at age 71 . Jones joined the Marine Corps as a teenager during the Vietnam…

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Robert R. Timberg, 1940-2016

September 9, 2016

Robert R. Timberg, a Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran, journalist, and acclaimed author, died September 6 at age 76 Best known for The Nightingale’s Song , his excellent book about five famous Vietnam War-era Naval…

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Thomas Steinbeck, 1944-2016

August 15, 2016

Thomas Steinbeck , one of two sons of the famed author John (The Grapes of Wrath ) Steinbeck who served in the Vietnam War, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on August 11 at age…

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Jim Northrup, 1943-2016

August 4, 2016

The acclaimed poet, novelist, storyteller, and columnist Jim Northrup, who received VVA’s Excellence in the Arts Award at the 2014 National Leadership Conference, died of complications from cancer on August 1. Northrup, an Anishinaabe Indian,…

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Sydney Schanberg, 1934-2016

July 11, 2016

Sydney H. Schanberg, the former New York Times  war correspondent best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, died July 9 at age 82 . The story…

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Michael Cimino, 1939-2016

July 4, 2016

Michael Cimino, who won a Best Director Oscar for his highly acclaimed---and controversial--Vietnam War film, "The Deer Hunter, " died July 2  at age 77. That 1978 movie, starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, follows…

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Michael Herr, 1940-2016

June 29, 2016

Michael Herr, the journalist and author best known for his Dispatches , his 1977 stylized book of Vietnam War reporting, died June 23 at age 76. Herr went to the war zone to write a series…

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