List of journalists killed and missing in the Vietnam War

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This article is a partial list of journalists killed and missing during the Vietnam War. The press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders tallied 63 journalists who died over a 20-year period ending in 1975 while covering the Vietnam War with the caveat that media workers were not typically counted at the time.[1][2]

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Year and date killed/missing Surname, First name(s) Nationality Agency Operation/Battle Name Location Circumstances of loss Burial
1965 Tran, Pham North Vietnamese Nhân Dân Vietnam Killed when his unit engaged US and ARVN forces[3]
1965, May 27 Van Thiel, Pieter American Freelancer Vietnam, Mekong Delta Captured by the Vietcong during an ARVN attack, he was tortured then executed[4]
1965, September 16 Rose, Jerry American Freelancer Vietnam Killed when the plane he was riding in crashed[5]
1965, October 2 Kolenberg, Bernard American Associated Press Vietnam Killed when the A-1 he was riding in collided with another A-1 and crashed[6]
1965, October 10 Huynh, Thanh My South Vietnamese Associated Press Vietnam, Can Tho Wounded while photographing an engagement between the Vietcong and Vietnamese Rangers, he was awaiting evacuation when the Vietcong overran the landing zone and killed all the wounded[7]
1965, November 4 Chapelle, Dicky American Operation Black Ferret Vietnam, Quang Ngai Province Killed while on patrol with a United States Marine Corps unit when a landmine fragment severed her carotid artery.[8]
1966, February 14 Chellappah, Charles Singaporean Associated Press Vietnam, Killed by a claymore mine while on patrol with US forces.[9][10]
1966, May 21 Castan, Sam American Look magazine Vietnam, Killed by mortar fire with a unit of the 1st Cavalry Division.[11]
1967, February 21 Fall, Bernard American Operation Chinook II Vietnam, Street Without Joy Killed when he stepped on a Bouncing Betty mine while on patrol with the 1st Battalion 9th Marines.[12]
1967, February 21 Highland, Byron American Headquarters Company, 3rd Marine Division Operation Chinook II Vietnam, Street Without Joy Killed by a Bouncing Betty mine while on patrol with the 1st Battalion 9th Marines.[12][13]
1967, March 11 Gallagher, Ronald American Freelancer Vietnam, Killed by friendly artillery fire[14]
1967, May 9 Schuyler, Philippa American Manchester Union Leader Vietnam, Danang Killed when the UH-1 helicopter she was riding on crashed in the sea near Danang, she survived the crash but drowned before she could be rescued[citation needed]
1968, March 4 Ellison, Robert American Newsweek Battle of Khe Sanh Vietnam, Khe Sanh One of 44 passengers and crew killed when the C-123 #54-0590 he was riding on was shot down by North Vietnamese anti-aircraft fire.[15][16]
1968, March 5 Mine, Hiromishi Japanese UPI Vietnam Killed when the armored personnel carrier he was riding in hit a land mine[17]
1968, May 5 Birch, Michael Australian Australian Associated Press May Offensive Vietnam, Cholon Killed when the Mini Moke he was riding in was ambushed by Vietcong forces.[18]
1968, May 5 Cantwell, John Australian Time magazine May Offensive Vietnam, Cholon Killed when the Mini Moke he was riding in was ambushed by Vietcong forces.[18]
1968, May 5 Laramy, Ronald English Reuters May Offensive Vietnam, Cholon Killed when the Mini Moke he was riding in was ambushed by Vietcong forces.[18]
1968, May 5 Piggott, Bruce Australian Reuters May Offensive Vietnam, Cholon Killed when the Mini Moke he was riding in was ambushed by Vietcong forces.[18]
1968, May 6 Eggleston, Charles American UPI May Offensive Vietnam, Tan Son Nhut Killed by Vietcong fire.[19]
1968, May 8 Ezcurra, Ignacio Spanish La Nacion May Offensive Vietnam, Saigon Killed by Vietcong fire[20]
1968, August 22 Sakai, Tatsuo Japanese Nihon Keizai Shimbun Vietnam, Saigon Killed when his apartment was hit in a Vietcong rocket attack[21]
1969 Saint-Paul, Alain French Agence France-Presse Vietnam, Duc Lap Killed during a North Vietnamese rocket attack[22]
1969, April 18 Savanuck, Paul American Stars and Stripes Vietnam Killed during an engagement between North Vietnamese forces and an American armored unit[23]
1969, August 16 Noonan, Oliver American Associated Press Vietnam, Quảng Nam Province Killed when the UH-1H #66-16303 he was riding in was hit by enemy fire and crashed killing all onboard[24]
1970, April 5 Caron, Gilles French Gamma Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Svay Rieng Province Captured by the Vietcong while driving down Highway One.[25] Missing.
1970, April 6 Arpin, Claude French Newsweek Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Svay Rieng Province Captured by the Vietcong while driving down Highway One.[25][26] Missing.
1970, April 6 Hannoteaux, Guy French L'Express Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Svay Rieng Province Captured by the Vietcong while driving down Highway One.[25] Missing.
1970, April 6 Kusaka, Akira Japanese Fuji Television Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Svay Rieng Province Captured by the Vietcong while driving down Highway One.[25] Missing.
1970, April 6 Takagi, Yujiro Japanese Fuji Television Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Svay Rieng Province Captured by the Vietcong while driving down Highway One.[25] Missing.
1970, April 6 Flynn, Sean American Time magazine Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Svay Rieng Province Captured while motorcycling down Highway One, believed to have been executed by the Khmer Rouge in 1971[27][28] Missing.
1970, April 6 Stone, Dana American CBS News Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Svay Rieng Province Captured while motorcycling down Highway One, believed to have been executed by the Khmer Rouge in 1971[27][28] Missing.
1970, April 8 Bellendorf, Dieter German NBC Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Svay Rieng Province Captured by the Vietcong while driving down Highway One.[25] Missing.
1970, April 8 Gensluckner, George Austrian Freelance Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Svay Rieng Province Captured by the Vietcong while driving down Highway One.[25] Missing.
1970, April 16 Mettler, Willy Swiss Freelance Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Kampot Province Captured by the Vietcong.[25] Missing.
1970, May 10 Yanagisawa, Takeshi Japanese Nippon Denpa Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Kampot Province Captured by the Vietcong.[25] Missing.
1970, May 29 Nakajima, Terro Japanese Omori Research Cambodian Campaign Cambodia Captured by the Vietcong.[25] Missing.
1970, May 31 Colne, Roger French NBC Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Takéo Province Captured by the Vietcong and believed to have been executed the following day.[25] Missing.
1970, May 31 Hangen, Welles American NBC Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Takéo Province Captured by the Vietcong and believed to have been executed the following day.[25] Missing.
1970, May 31 Waku, Yoshiniko Japanese NBC Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Takéo Province Captured by the Vietcong and believed to have been executed the following day.[25] Missing.
1970, May 31 Ishii, Tomoharo Japanese CBS Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Takéo Province Captured by the Vietcong and believed to have been executed the following day.[25] Missing.
1970, May 31 Lekhi, Ramnik Indian CBS Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Takéo Province Believed to have been killed by a Vietcong RPG[25] Missing.
1970, May 31 Miller, Gerry American CBS Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Takéo Province Believed to have been killed by a Vietcong RPG[25] Missing.
1970, May 31 Sakai, Kojiro Japanese CBS Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Takéo Province Captured by the Vietcong and believed to have been executed the following day.[25] Missing.
1970, May 31 Syvertsen, George American CBS Cambodian Campaign Cambodia, Takéo Province Believed to have been killed by a Vietcong RPG[25] Missing.
1970, July 7 Puissesseau, Rene French ORTF Cambodia, Siem Reap Province Captured by the Khmer Rouge.[25] Missing.
1970, July 7 Meyer, Raymond French ORTF Cambodia, Siem Reap Province Captured by the Khmer Rouge.[25] Missing.
1970, September 18 Duynisveld, Johannes Dutch Freelance Cambodia Captured by the Khmer Rouge.[25] Missing.
1970, October 28 Frosch, Frank American UPI Cambodia, Takéo Province Captured by the Vietcong[25] Missing.
1970, October 28 Sawada, Kyoichi Japanese UPI Cambodia, Takéo Province Capture by the Vietcong[29] Missing
1971, February 10 Burrows, Larry British Life magazine Operation Lam Son 719 Laos, Xépôn Passenger on ARVN UH-1H helicopter shot down by North Vietnamese anti-aircraft fire over the Ho Chi Minh Trail[30] Remains identified in 2002 and interred at the Newseum on 3 April 2008.
1971, February 10 Huet, Henri French/Vietnamese Associated Press Operation Lam Son 719 Laos, Xépôn Passenger on ARVN UH-1H helicopter shot down by North Vietnamese anti-aircraft fire over the Ho Chi Minh Trail[30] Remains identified in 2002 and interred at the Newseum on 3 April 2008.
1971, February 10 Potter, Kent American UPI Operation Lam Son 719 Laos, Xépôn Passenger on ARVN UH-1H helicopter shot down by North Vietnamese anti-aircraft fire over the Ho Chi Minh Trail[30] Remains identified in 2002 and interred at the Newseum on 3 April 2008.
1971, February 10 Shimamoto, Keizaburo Japanese Newsweek Operation Lam Son 719 Laos, Xépôn Passenger on ARVN UH-1H helicopter shot down by North Vietnamese anti-aircraft fire over the Ho Chi Minh Trail[30] Remains identified in 2002 and interred at the Newseum on 3 April 2008.
1971, February Sully,François French Newsweek Operation Lam Son 719 Laos, Xépôn Passenger on ARVN UH-1H command helicopter of General Do Cao Tri shot down by North Vietnamese anti-aircraft fire, he leapt from the burning wreckage but later died of injuries sustained in the fall[31] Buried at Mạc Đĩnh Chi Cemetery
1972, July 12 Shimkin, Alexander American Newsweek Battle of Quang Tri City Vietnam, Quảng Trị Killed by a grenade during an ambush by North Vietnamese forces[32] Body not recovered
1972, July 21 Kai Faye, Sam Singaporean ABC Battle of Quang Tri City Vietnam, Quang Tri Killed by North Vietnamese forces when he strayed into the frontline area[33][10]
1972, July 21 Khoo, Terry Singaporean ABC Battle of Quang Tri City Vietnam, Quang Tri Killed by North Vietnamese forces when he strayed into the frontline area[34][10]
1972, July 22 Hebert, Gerard UPI Battle of Quang Tri City Vietnam, Quang Tri Killed by a stray artillery round[35]
1973, March 19 Wakabayashi, Hiroo Japanese Freelancer Vietnam, Buôn Ma Thuột [36]
1973, December 10 Trinh, Dinh, Hy North Vietnamese Vietnam News Agency Vietnam, Danang [37]
1974 Nguyen, Man Hieu South Vietnamese Freelancer Vietnam [38]
1974 Vu, Van Giang South Vietnamese Freelancer Vietnam, Quang Ngai Province Killed while photographing an ARVN attack[39]
1974 Vu, Hung Dung North Vietnamese Liberation News Agency Vietnam, Can Tho Killed when his unit was ambushed[40]
1974, December 11 Do, Van Vu South Vietnamese Associated Press Vietnam, Chuong Thien Province Killed while covering combat in the Mekong Delta[41]
1975, March 13 Leandri, Paul French Agence France-Presse Fall of Saigon Vietnam, Saigon Killed by Saigon police[42]
1975, April 17 Vichith, Sou Cambodian Gamma Cambodia, Phnom Penh Died in the Killing Fields[43]
1975, April 28 Laurent, Michel French Gamma Fall of Saigon Vietnam, Saigon Killed while trying to rescue another correspondent[44]

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