Vietnam Bao Chi: Warriors of Word and Film

Vietnam Bao Chi: Warriors of Word and Film

by Marc Phillip Yablonka

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Overview

Bao Chi brings together interviews with 35 combat correspondents who reported on the Vietnam War. They wrote the stories of Vietnam, captured the images and filmed the television coverage of their fellow servicemen on the battlefields from the Mekong Delta in the south to the DMZ in Central Vietnam, from the Tet Offensive in 1968 to the fall of Saigon in 1975.

They were men like Dale Dye, who would go on to play an integral role in the making of Platoon, the first film to realistically portray the Vietnam War; marine Steve Stibbens, the first Stars and Stripes reporter in Vietnam in early 1962; Jim Morris, 1st and 5th Special Forces Group, whose works such as War Story and Fighting Men, recount the soldiering of the Green Berets and their Montagnard counterparts in the Central Highlands of Vietnam; John Del Vecchio, whose classic work of nonfiction, The 13th Valley, mirrors his own existence as a combat correspondent with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam; and U.S. Navy Frogman Chip Maury, renowned for his free fall and underwater photography in Vietnam.

For years, there has been a well-deserved plethora of work by and about those who covered the war as civilians, with this book dedicating four of its chapters to civilian media. There hasn't been enough about the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who did so while wearing an American uniform. Yablonka's extensive experience as a military journalist brought him into contact with many of these combat correspondents, giving him a unique insight into their professions and lives. This book honors these brave chroniclers in uniform who brought the Vietnam War home to us.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612006871
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Publication date: 11/30/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,159,650
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Marc Yablonka is a military journalist and author. He has written for Stars and Stripes, Soldier of Fortune, Army Times, and previously worked for ABC, Reuters, and the Los Angeles Times. His interest in reporting on matters of military and aviation history is evidenced by 27 years of writing on the Vietnam War and its aftermath. He also served as a Public Affairs Officer (CWO-2) with the 40th Infantry Division Support Brigade and the Installation Support Group, California State Military Reserve, at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California, between 2001 and 2008.

Table of Contents

Preface v

Acknowledgements viii

Taking on Hollywood Dale Dye 1

Soldier First, Photog' Second John Del Vecchio 11

They Were Marines Like Him Steve Stibbens 21

Rockin' and Rollin' With the Montagnards Jim Morris 27

Getting His Knees in the Breeze Chip Maury 33

Seeing the Action Through the Viewfinder Ken Hackman 39

He Shot More Photos than Bullets Marvin Wolf 49

He Had Survived Frank Lee 57

Connected with Vietnamese Refugees from Home John Taylor 69

Learned How to Deal with the Danger Bob Bayer 73

Covering Operation Homecoming Tom Lincoln 79

So That Others May Live Rick Fuller 85

Memorializing the Troops Roger Hawkins 91

Illinois Farm Boy Thrust into a Different World Mike Boggs 101

From the Peace Corps to the Coast Guard, San Francisco to Vietnam Donn Fry 105

Requested Vietnam Duty on Friday, the 13th Chris Jensen 113

221st, Unique by Any Definition of the Word Frank Lepore 127

The Country Needed to Know Chuck Abbott 147

MoPic Photog' Wearing the Blue Joe Montgomery 153

From Hot Rod Comics and Hemingway… to Vietnam Dennis "Bao Chi Mac" McCloskey 157

Played an Invaluable Part in Training New Army Photographers Stanton Pratt 165

A Rifle and a Hard Time Bill Christofferson 171

Chronicler of the Coast Guard Experience in Vietnam Paul Scotti 179

On a Special Purpose Mission Sonny Craven 189

Photography Became His World Robert Frank 219

Gunner with a Camera Ron Gorman 225

Never Ambushed Larry Letzer 231

A Magic Slice of Life David Sommers 235

No Photography on Night Patrols … Just Ambushes Terry Lang 243

Robert Capa Was His Hero Dick Durrance 249

Followed Directions and Kept His Mouth Shut Bob Douville 253

Vietnam Seemed Just Fine Mike Stokey II 261

There but for the Grace of God Go I Eddie Carroll 267

The War as Reported and Photographed by the Civilian Press 273

A One-way Ticket, $100 and Leica Catherine Leroy 275

Everything Is Okay Now Nick Ut 279

A Moment of Truth Eddie Adams 285

Bringing the War Home Requiem 289

Glossary 292

Select Bibliography 299

Index 300

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