Obituaries

Winston Francis Groom, Jr., 1943-2020

September 18, 2020

Winston Groom, the prolific writer best known as the creator of Forrest Gump, died September 17 in Fairhope, Alabama, his family announced. He was 77. No cause of death was given. Groom grew up in…

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Charlie Daniels, 1936-2020

July 7, 2020

The famed country music singer and fiddler Charlie Daniels, an early supporter of Vietnam Veterans of America, died yesterday (July 6, 2020) after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke at age 83. Daniels, who was voted into…

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Cyril Pahinui, 1950-2018

December 19, 2018

Cyril Pahinui, a renowned Hawaiian lack-key guitar player who was drafted into the Army and served in the Vietnam War, died November 17 at age 68 of an Agent Orange-related lung disorder and pneumonia. Pahinui…

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Juris Jurjevics, 1943-2018

November 13, 2018

Juris Jurjevics, a novelist, editor, and the co-founder of the New York independent publishing house, Soho Press, died November 7 at age 75 of heart disease. Jurvevics, who was born in Latvia and emigrated to…

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David Douglas Duncan, 1916-2018

June 9, 2018

David Douglas Duncan, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century who was best known for his Korean and Vietnam War combat images, died June 7 in the South of France. He was…

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Hiep Thi Le, 1971-2017

December 27, 2017

Hiep Thi Le, the Vietnamese-born actress best known for her starring role in the 1993 Oliver Stone film, Heaven and Earth, died December 19 of stomach cancer in Los Angeles at age 46. She was…

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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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